Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TTM Success - Juan Samuel

 I feel like horizontal cards look the best when signed.  When it is an action horizontal card, they really shine.  This 1992 Upper Deck Juan Samuel that I got recently might be one of the all-around best looking autos/cards that I have seen so far.  Samuel's signature looks awesome, and really fits the card well.  This is a great example of being able to take a junk wax era card and reapply putting some purpose behind it.
The top left 1985 Topps Glossy All Stars turned out really well, also.  I was able to add a 1985 Topps, 1988 Topps (All Star) and a 1989 Topps of Samuel to my autograph album on top of the 1992 Upper Deck.

Samuel (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1983 to 1998 for the Phillies, Mets, Dodgers, Royals, Reds, Tigers and Blue Jays.  He had 1,578 hits, 161 home runs and a .259 batting average.  He was a three-time All Star and finished as high as 13th in the NL MVP voting (1987).  Samuel appeared on the 2004 Hall of Fame ballot and received 0.4% of the vote.

Samuel also managed 51 games for the Orioles in 2010 where he went 17-34.  He was replaced by Buck Showalter, who has managed the Orioles since.

I mailed to Samuel on April 20 and got the cards back on May 20, for a 30-day TAT.  I sent the cards to Citizens Bank Park.

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