Monday, January 18, 2010

1967 Topps John Bateman Houston Astros

Since the Post Office was closed for Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, I went back into my collection to bring you this gem. This card is of John Bateman, catcher for the Houston Astros and is card number 231 out of 609. This card was obtained from a fellow collector on ebay and is the 440 autographed card in my set.

John Bateman had a 10 year career with the Houston Colt 45s/Astros, Montreal Expos and Philadelphia Phillies. He had a career average of .230, hit 81 home runs, and batted in 375 runs. Most of his career he split time with other catchers such as Jerry Grote, Ron Brand and was traded for another famous catcher Tim McCarver. He was eventually released by the Phillies to make room for Bob Boone, who went on to have a long career himself.

To read his biography, go to

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