Thursday, February 18, 2010

1967 Topps New York Mets Rookies Greg Goossen and Bart Shirley

The streak is back! It has been 3 days since I received a new addition to my 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball card set. I went back into my collection and found this dual signed card of New York Mets 1967 Rookie Stars Greg Goossen and Bart Shirley. Card number 287 in the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609 subjects.

This autograph was obtained by first sending the card to Bart Shirley on April 7, 2009 and he returned it 17 days later with a nice black autograph. I subsequently mailed the card to Greg Goossen on May 23, 2009 and he returned it 7 days later with a nice blue sharpie signature. Thank you, Mr. Goossen and Mr. Shirley.

Greg Goossen played first base and catcher during his 6 year career. He played for the Mets, the Seattle Pilots, Milwaukee Brewers and ended his career with the Washington Senators. During Greg's career, he batted .241, with 111 hits and 13 home runs. After his baseball career, Greg Goossen was a private detective, boxing corner man (two of his brothers are prominent in boxing), and movie actor, most notably as Gene Hackman's stand-in in more than a dozen films, as well as playing minor on-screen roles in Mr. Baseball (coach), The Replacements, and Get Shorty among many others.

Bart Shirley played shortstop, second base and third base in 75 games during his 4 year career. His career started with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1964 then for the Mets before ended his career back with the Dodgers. Bart Shirley had a career .203 batting average with 11 runs batted in with 33 hits. Bart also played in Japan for two seasons with the Chunichi Dragons in 1971-72. After his career was over, Bart Shirley coached for 5 seasons in the minor leagues before starting his own insurance agency in Texas in 1990.

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