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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Collecting Bucket List #1

I'm sure most are familiar with a bucket list and what that concept entails. And I'm sure most have put together a collecting bucket list whether they realize it or not. You know, collecting certain cards based on a criteria you deem as important. I'm not going to dig into what that criteria should or could be. That just doesn't seem right to tell someone else what they should be collecting. What I will do is share some of my bucket list.

It's unfortunate that the subject of the first card I choose to talk about recently passed. When I think of this guy the first phrase that comes to my mind is "the Feller that pitches for the Cleveland Indians." I always wanted to get a Bob Feller auto since my buddy William talked about getting a ball from his museum. But I'm not a hardware kind of guy. I don't care for autographed balls, pictures, bats or gloves. I like getting Topps, Upper Deck, Fleer, or Donruss autos that came from wax packs. I don't know what it is about those cards but I feel like getting a good autograph is on the same level as getting their rookie card.

The good thing about Bob Feller's autographs are that they're very affordable. You can get a decent auto in the range of $20 to $35. Which I think is pretty good considering it's a card signed personally by a player and that card is seated possibly one per box.




I really like the auto on this card and how clean the card itself is. The Greats of the Game sets are awesome sets to look to when trying to find veteran autographs.

I can list tons of reasons why Bob Feller but the fact remains he was an iconic pitcher during that era and I feel had a huge impact on the league during his playing years. He's a player everyone knows about. You may not know all of his accomplishments like the classic trivia question "Who is the only person to throw a no hitter on opening day?" Or him being the first person to volunteer for military duty immediately after Pearl Harbor and his 4 years serving in the Navy.

But most everybody knows that Feller that pitches for the Cleveland Indians. I'm happy to have this card in my collection and part of my bucket list.

3 comments:

PAB said...

I took your advice and picked up a card from UD 99 Century legends. The 2001 greats of the game are very nice, I like the 2000 greats of the game a bit more but they are definitely out of my price range. There is a Schmidt auto from that set that is selling for $620. I don't know if someone is bidding it up or if it's just that rare.

William said...

That sure is a beautiful card! Glad to see you posting again.

MarieBay said...

They did a show about him last night on MLB Network and I watched a good part of it. He threw like 300 innings some seasons! He had a lot to say about how pitchers these days need to man up and throw batting practice, and stay in games longer.

He also told a story about having a friend race a motorcycle against his fastball.... If they replay that you should definitely check it out.

Oh, and nice card. =)