Friday, January 22, 2010

1967 Topps Hall of Famer Steve Carlton Phillies

Today, I am still on vacation in California, but I wanted to share this awesome addition to my collection of 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards. One of the all-time great left-handed pitchers the game has ever seen, Steve "Lefty" Carlton of the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies and later in his career the Minnesota Twins, White Sox, Giants and Indians.

Card number 146 out of 609 in the set, this autograph was obtained in person at the Moeller High School Baseball card show in Cincinnati, Ohio back in May 2009. See the picture below that I took of Steve Carlton autographing items for the collectors. I gladly drove from Tennessee to Ohio and paid the fee they were charging because Carlton was also one of my favorite players growing up. I learned something interesting watching him autograph items, Lefty actually writes right-handed. Who knew!

His career statistics are amazing, 329 Wins, 4136 Strikeouts, 4 Cy Young Awards, 2 World Series championships, 10 all-star appearance and the Philadelphia Phillies retired his uniform number 32. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 with 96% of the votes. To learn more about Steve Carlton's career, go to wikipedia.com.

Please check back and see other entries from my collection, I have over 440 different autographed cards from the 1967 Topps Baseball set and adding more on a regular basis.


2 comments:

  1. Nice blog, Doug! (I've added you to all my baseball sidebars.)

    I especially like the Dick Groat card, with the Connie Mack bleachers in the background. That's where I saw my 1st major-league game (in May 1967 vs. the Reds). In the upper deck, deep center field (probably under that red sign!)

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  2. Thanks Jim, I appreciate your comments. I wish I could have seen Connie Mack Park, probably a very cool place. It is great to rehash memories through these baseball cards. I started collecting these autographs in October 2008 and have over 440 different cards. It has definitely turned into a passion for me.

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