Tuesday, January 24, 2017

TTM Success - Chris Chambliss

I sure do love a horizontal card when it gets signed.  So much so, I used this 1973 Topps from Chris Chambliss as my representative from that set for my Topps Autograph Project well before I had a chance to post about it.  For all of the faults of the 1973 set, this card really turned out great.  By faults, I mean that the action shots are pretty low quality, compared to those of today's standards, but back in 1973, they were considered cutting edge.
Fast-forward 10 years, and the photo quality of this action shot is much brighter and clearer.  There is a lot of blue on this card, due to the old Braves jersey, and the borders to the card.

Chambliss (b. 1948) played in the majors from 1971 to 1986 and 1988 for the Indians, Yankees and Braves.  He had 2,109 hits, 185 home runs and a .279 batting average.  He was the rookie of the year in 1971, an All Star in 1976 and a Gold Glove Award winner in 1978.  He finished 5th in the AL MVP voting in 1976.  Chambliss won the World Series with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978,  He appeared on the Hall of Fame ballot in 1994 but did not receive any votes.

I mailed to Chambliss on November 14 and got the cards back on December 27, for a 43-day TAT.
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