|LOVE THOSE BUCCO SLEEVELESS JERSEYS.|
|THIS IS HOW THE BACK OF A BASEBALL CARD SHOULD LOOK.|
In this feature, the 2012 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs will be showcased. So far, nearly all are my first autograph of that player and were found on sale at COMC. I don't have anywhere near the 82 that were issued, but I'm getting enough to milk this feature for a while. Most are very affordable, and the set offers a nice variety of players from the '50s to the '90s.
- Even if this wasn't autographed by Dick Groat, it'd be a sweet 1961 knockoff. The line on the outfield wall and partial sign with the arrow gives it a geometrically cool look. Then there's the body angle of Groat preparing to gobble up a grounder, the awesome stirrups, the electric green turf ... A lot to like here, including the fact the typography is spot-on.
- Bold and clear, every letter stands out. Current players and family physicians, take note.
- Groat, a five-time All-Star, was the '60 NL MVP after winning the batting crown with a .325 average. He added only two home runs and 50 RBI, but his defense, combined with second baseman Bill Mazeroski, formed an air-tight seal in the middle infield.
- Incidentally, teammate and third baseman Don Hoak (.282/16/79) was second in MVP voting, and Willie Mays (.319/29/103) and Ernie Banks (.271/41/117) followed. Groat played a major role in the Pirates' magical '60 season that ended with the upset victory over the heavily favored Yankees in the World Series.