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2014 VINTAGE CUTS – DICK GROAT

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Card Number: VC-DG

Card Subject: Dick Groat

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Baseball Reference Link: BR Link

The original autograph:

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Player information: This is another eBay find, I had no idea how popular a player he was.  I know that he won an MVP in 1960, but I didn’t know he was a 5 time All – Star, and finished 2nd in MVP voting in 1963.  The reason, if you were born in the 70s or later, is he wasn’t a “sexy” stat guy.  He was a great defensive player, got a lot of hits (would probably have ~350 more if he didn’t serve in the military the year after his rookie season.), a lot of runs and hit for a career 0.287 average.  He was a big part of those Pirate teams that battled for a World Series in 1960 and won against a very good Yankees team.  He has a huge following, just search autographs and you’ll see his is very desirable.What you may not know is that he played basketball for Duke University, where he was named an All-American twice and Player of the Year twice.  His Duke jersey has been retired, now hanging in the rafters at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and he is a member of the NCAA Basketball Hall of Fame. A true renaissance player.  Currently he calls Pitt basketball games.

Image of a certified autograph:

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2014 VINTAGE CUTS: Clarence “Ace” Parker

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Card Number: VC-AP

Card Subject: Clarence “Ace” Parker

Ebay link: Cut autograph

Football Reference Link: FR Link

Player information: Living in Durham, NC, the hometown college is Duke University.  There aren’t a whole lot of football players coming out of Duke and being elected to the Hall of Fame.  However if you go back far enough (to the 1930’s) you’ll come across an amazing individual, Ace Parker.  Not only was he a great football player in the pre-passing world of football, but he also played professional baseball, and became the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Duke.  From there he became the Durham Bulls (minor league baseball) manager before his retirement.  He along with Bobby Doerr were the last living players ever to appear on the same field with the likes of Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby.  He is also the only member of the Football Hall of Fame to survive to be over 100 years old.  This card was signed at an event I attended in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.  The signature was easy enough to fit inside the window, the hardest part of this card was finding the logo for his old football team.  I went with the Tigers, only because I couldn’t find what the old Brooklyn Dodgers football team’s logo looked like.

What the original signature looked like:

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Image of a certified autograph:

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Image of one of his cards: