Thursday, January 20, 2011

1967 Topps Bobby Wine Philadelphia Phillies

Today's entry in my 1967 Topps Autographed baseball card collection is a player who had a 12 year career as the definitive light hitting shortstop then went on to a long career as a coach and scout. It is Bobby "Wino" Wine, shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies. Card number #466 in the 1967 Topps Baseball card set of 609 subjects.

The autographed was obtained through the mail after sending Mr. Wine the card on September 6, 2009 to his home in Pennsylvania. Four hundred ninety-nine days later, I received the card back signed with a black ink pen. Thank you, Mr. Wine, it was worth the wait. As of January 20, 2011, I have accumulated 515 different signatures in my collection.

During Bobby Wine's 12 year career, he played in 1164 games with .215 batting average, 30 home runs, 268 runs batted in and 682 hits. His career started in 1960 with the Phillies and played there until 1968 when he was traded to the expansion Montreal Expos. He played for the Expos until 1972. Bobby was awarded the Gold Glove in 1963 and set a record for double plays in a season (137) in 1970 with the Expos. After retiring from playing, Bobby went into coaching back with the Phillies. From 1973 to 1983, Bobby was a fixture on a team through the lean years to the World Series Championship in 1980. After the Phillies, Bobby coached for the Atlanta Braves and was named interim manager for the end of the 1985 season. He also spent four years as a coach for the New York Mets. A long time friend and confidant to Braves manager Bobby Cox, Wine was very influential during the Braves long run of division winning teams from the 1990's and 2000's.

To learn more about Bobby Wine, check out his biography at

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