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Wednesday, March 23, 2016
TTM Success - Tom Qualters
I'm glad I did this. Everything that has come back so far (and there have been a bunch from this batch) has come back looking awesome. I like how Qualters signed this along the line of his back. The thin blue pen he used also made his auto really stand out.
Qualters (b. 1935) played in the majors in 1953, 1957 and 1958 for the Phillies and White Sox. He had a record of 0-0 after pitching in only 34 games in his career. His career ERA was 5.64 with 20 strike outs. According to his Wikipedia page, Qualters was signed by the Phillies out of high school as a "bonus baby" for $40,000.00. This means that since he was signed to such a large bonus, he had to remain on the Phillies roster, even at the young age of 18, with no professional baseball experience. Some other notable bonus babies are Brooks Robinson, Al Kaline and Sandy Koufax. Qualters also has the distinction of being the only pitcher to appear on four different Topps baseball cards without ever recording a single win or loss.
I mailed to Qualters on March 11 and got this 1958 Topps (my first) back signed on March 18, for a 7-day TAT.