Thursday, May 12, 2016

TTM Success - Merv Rettenmund

I was able to add a TTM success from a former Oriole when I got a few signed cards back from Merv Rettenmund.  I had a couple 1972 Topps of him in my Orioles box, so I figured I would put them to some use. This one turned out really well with the blue sharpie against the blue border.
Rettenmund has a really nice signature.  The above 1977 and 1976 Topps cards look really nice.  I think the 1976 was a little better with the way he signed that one versus the 1977.  The 77 Padres uniform is all kinds of ugly, but in a cool way!

Rettenmund (b. 1943) played in the majors from 1968 to 1980 for the Orioles, Reds, Padres and Angels.  He had 693 hits, 66 home runs and a .271 batting average.  He finished 19th in the 1971 AL MVP award voting after collecting 156 hits, 11 home runs and a .318 batting average across 141 games.  Rettenmund was a member of 1970 and 1975 World Series Champions (Orioles and Reds, respectively).

I mailed to Rettenmund on April 21 and got the cards back on April 29 for an 8-day TAT.

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