Monday, March 1, 2010

1967 Topps Boog Powell Baltimore Orioles

Day 2 of the 2010 Florida Spring Training Junket yielded some autographs, but no new additions to the my collection of 1967 Topps signed Baseball cards. It was close to a new success, I presented the card to Hall of Famer Tony Perez at the Florida Marlins training facility in Jupiter, Florida and explained my collection and he flat out said that he does not sign cards with no other explanation. All I can say is that I am disappointed and befuddled by that remark.

With all that said, I went back into my collection and found a card that was signed in person upon my request and it is Boog Powell, first baseman of the Baltimore Orioles. Card number 230 in the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609 cards. Boog Powell signed the card outside of his barbecue restaurant at Oriole Park in Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland during a family trip in June of 2009. Mr. Powell signed the card with a blue sharpie autograph while talking with me about his playing days. Thanks again, Boog!

John "Boog" Powell played in the Major Leagues for 17 seasons between 1961 and 1977. Primarily for the Baltimore Orioles from 1961 to 1974, Boog also played for the Cleveland Indians (1975-1976) and ended his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1977. During Boog Powell's 17 year career, he batted .266, hit 339 home runs and drove in 1187 runs in 2042 games. Boog was named to the American League All-Star team 4 times from 1968 to 1971 and won the Most Valuable Player Award in 1970. Boog won two World Series Championships with the Orioles in 1966 and 1970 and was named the Comeback Player of the Year twice (1966 and 1975). At his retirement, Boog Powell was the Orioles all-time home run leader until he was passed by Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr.

To learn more about Boog Powell, go to his biography at

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