Wednesday, July 13, 2011

1967 Topps Kansas City Athletics Rookies Sal Bando & Randy Schwartz #33

Today's entry for my collection of 1967 Topps Autographed Baseball cards is the first Rookie card in the set that I receive both autographs from the players. It is Kansas City Athletics 1967 Rookie Stars of Sal Bando and Randy Schwartz, card number 33 in the 1967 Topps Baseball set of 609 subjects. As of July 13, 2011, I have accumulated 544 different autographs in the 1967 set.

Sal Bando signed the card first with a through the mail request to his home in Wisconsin. I mailed the card on December 11, 2008 and he returned it signed with a blue sharpie, 9 days later. I held onto the card for a while before mailing it to Randy Schwartz at his home in California on April 7, 2009. Mr. Schwartz returned it 7 days later with a nice blue ballpoint pen signature. Thank you Mr. Bando and Mr. Schwartz for the quick returns. If you have any 1967 Topps autographed cards, please let me know, as I might need them to further my collection.

Sal Bando played 16 seasons in the major leagues between the Kansas City/Oakland A's and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1966 to 1981. He started his career in 1966 in Kansas City and played third base. After the Athletics moved to Oakland, Bando was named Captain of the team and helped the A's win three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-1974. He appeared in 4 All-Star games and his career statistics include a .254 batting average with 242 Home runs and 1,039 runs batted in. After retiring from playing baseball, Mr. Bando joined the Milwaukee Brewers as the General Manager in 1991 and stayed in that position until 1999.

Randy Schwartz played in two seasons with the Kansas City Athletics from 1965 to 1966. In the two seasons in the minor leagues, Randy hit .278 and swatted 51 home runs. His success in the major leagues was limited because the first baseman in front of him was Ken Harrelson, who had a firm hold on the position. Randy had 18 at bats in 16 games, with 3 hits and 2 runs batted in.

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