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Tuesday, April 12, 2016
TTM Success - Bobby Shantz (Second Success)
I really wanted to have him represented in the project, so I picked out this nice 1954 Topps for him to sign. It turned out to be the first 1954 that I was able to get signed. I have since received another that will be shown in a later post, but this one really turned out great.
Shantz (b. 1925) played in the majors from 1949 to 1964 for the (Philadelphia and KC) A's, Yankees, Pirates, Colt .45s, Cardinals, Cubs and Phillies. He had a career record of 119-99 with a 3.38 ERA and 1,072 strike outs. Shantz won 24 games in 1952 on his way to the AL MVP Award. He was a 3-time All Star and won the Gold Glove Award 8 times.
Shantz appeared on 5 Hall of Fame ballots, but didn't receive more than 2.3% of the vote. I mailed to him on March 25 and got my card back on April 1, for a 7-day TAT. I had received from Shantz before, a signed ball with the MVP inscription on March 25, 2011. I didn't realize at the time, but I sent out this card 5 years to the day that I received the signed ball. You can check out the post here.