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2015 Sport Kings Cut Autograph – Rick Ferrell

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They all start with a signed index card.  Sometimes they are a Hall of Famer and sometimes it’s an All Pro or All Star.  This one’s a Hall of Famer.  Many people, myself included wonder how or why he was inducted into the Hall o Fame.  That is until I read his Wikipedia page.   So here’s the breakdown:

FullSizeRender (4)Card Number: SK-RF

Card Subject: Rick Ferrell

Baseball Reference Link: BR Link

Player information: This is much harder to find under $5 than you would think.  He’s not a household name, in fact, most of the people reading this probably clicked on the baseball reference link just to see what his stats were like. He died in 1995, so as you can imagine there are no manufacturer certified autographs of him out there.  Which makes finding autographs of FullSizeRender (5)him on the more difficult side.  Most of the ones I had seen on eBay were minimum of $10 or up (mostly the up side).  Most of his certified autographs are running $60 and up.  I was elated when I won this autograph for just $7.63 with shipping.  Since he is a Hall of Fame member, putting him in the Sports Kings design was a not brainer.

As I said earlier though, when you fist look at his stats, they are underwhelming.  18 year career with 1692 hits, 28 home runs, 732 RBIs, and a career batting average of 0.281.  Not exactly blow you away numbers.  He did have 8 All Star appearances though and was argued by Bill James to be the third best catcher of his era behind only Mickey Cochrane and Bill Dickey, who are arguably two of the best catchers of all time.  So while his offensive numbers don’t show it, he was an amazing player in his own right and definitely deserved his Hall of Fame status.

What the original signature looked like:

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One of his cards:

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THROUGH THE MAIL SUCCESS: ROY SIEVERS

I got this back yesterday afternoon in the mail.  It’s the second of the new throughIMG_5165[1]
the mail mini cards I recently sent out.  This is one that is business card size.  I really wanted Roy Siever’s autograph because he’s a former Rookie of the Year (1949) and got robbed in MVP voting in 1957.  He fits under my Hall of Fame or All Star Collection.  He had a 17 year career the spanned 1949 – 1965.  He was a four time All Star in 1956, 1957, 1959 and 1961.  The most controversial year of his career was when he led the league in homers, RBIs, total bases and extra base hits, but came 3rd in MVP voting behind Mantle and Williams.  His batting average was much lower than those two but he led in most of the other importantIMG_5166[1] statistical categories.  His career and statistics are very close to the likes of Jack Clark, Ron Gant, Greg Luzinski, and WIllie Horton.  Not quite a Hall of Fame level player, but probably just below that level. The final piece of trivia I have is that he was one of nine players that suited up for both the Original Washington Senators and the expansion Senators.


So how did this TTM break down?

Address sent to:

Roy Sievers
11505 Bellefontaine Rd
St Louis, MO 63138

Turnaround time: 11 days

Set for: 2015 Bad Wax Heritage Mini Cut Autographs

Running Number of signed cards in set: 2

Remaining cards from the set still out for signature: 2