Wednesday, February 10, 2010

1967 Topps Rico Petrocelli Boston Red Sox

Third day of the streak; no 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards in the mailbox today. Not discouraged at all, I know some more will be arriving soon. I went back into my collection and found a card that Red Sox Nation will identify and appreciate. It is of Rico Petrocelli shortstop for the Boston Red Sox. Card number 528 out of the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609 subjects.

This autograph was obtained with a through the mail (TTM) request to Rico Petrocelli's home in New Hampshire. I mailed the card on July 20, 2009 and he returned it signed with a beautiful blue sharpie 17 days later. Rico also included his number 6 on the card as a bonus. Definitely a nice addition to my set.

Rico Petrocelli played 15 seasons in the major leagues, all with the Boston Red Sox. He played 9 seasons at shortstop and 6 seasons at third base. He was a vital member of the Impossible Dream team of 1967 which won the American League pennant and lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series 4 games to 3. He hit two home runs in Game 6 of the World Series helping the Red Sox force a game 7. A two-time All Star in 1967 and 1969, Rico hit 210 career home runs, drove in 773 runs and hit .251. Always a slick fielder, he led the league in fielding for shortstops twice and third baseman once. He retired in 1976 and was elected into the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in 1997. To learn more about Rico Petrocelli career, click on his name.

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