Thursday, March 30, 2017

TTM Success - Tommy Helms

I added a bunch of nice 60s and 70s cards with this success from Tommy Helms.  The above 1966 Topps is a nice one; Dick Simpson actually signs, so I will probably try for his signature on this one as well.  It is always fun to get both (or more) guys on the same card.
Helms had a lot of cards to choose from, so what ended up being sent with the 1966 RC was this lot of Topps base (1968, 1971, 1976 and 1975).  He has a really nice signature, and it showed up well on all of the cards.
Finally, here is a nice 1976 Topps Traded.  I like the airbrush job on the Pirates hat.  Could be a worse airbrush attempt, I suppose.

Helms (b. 1941) was bown in Charlotte, NC and is the uncle of Wes Helms, another TTM success that I have had.  He played in the majors from 1964 to 1977 for the Reds, Astros, Pirates and Red Sox.  He had 1,342 hits, 34 home runs and a .269 batting average.  He was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1966, was an All Star twice (1967 and 1968), won the Gold Glow Award twice (1970 and 1971) and finished 25th in the 1968 NL MVP Award voting.  He appeared in the 1970 World Series in a loss to the Orioles and also appeared on the 1983 Hall of Fame ballot where he received 0.3% of the vote.

Helms managed the Reds in 1988 and 1989 to a won-loss record of 28-36.

I mailed to Helms on February 21 and got the cards back on March 7, for a 14-day TAT.

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