The mailbox did not have any new surprises today. Therefore, I went back into my collection of 1967 Topps Autographed baseball cards and found this card of Maury Wills, third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Card number 570 out of the set of 609. This card is particularly difficult to find because it is from the 7th and last series of cards distributed in 1967.
This autographed card was purchased from a dealer on ebay in November 2009 with a certificate of authenticity. Maury Wills signed the card with a nice blue sharpie.
Maury Wills played 14 years in the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos. He played shortstop for the majority of his career where he won 2 Gold Glove Awards, the 1962 Most Valuable Player award, appeared in 5 All-Star games and won 3 World Series Championships. His career batting average was .281 with 2134 hits and 586 stolen bases, which was Maury's specialty, leading the league 6 times.
During the 1962 season, Maury Wills stole 104 bases, which set a major league record at that time, a record held by Hall of Famer Ty Cobb since 1915. In fact, Wills stole more bases by himself than each of the other team's entire totals. The next highest total for a team was 99 by the Washington Senators. He won the National League Most Valuable Player award for his efforts. To learn more about Maury Wills, read his biography at wikipedia.org.
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