Sunday, October 29, 2017

TTM Success - Dave Parker, again

I had gotten Dave Parker TTM way back in 2010 or 2011 on a ball.  Recently, I decided I would try to get as many 1987 Topps as I could, so I figured I would send these two cards off and try him again.  Since Parker has Parkinson's Disease, I wanted to get these out while he was still signing.  Rumor has it, he won't be signing for much longer.
Parker (b. 1951) played in the majors from 1973 to 1991 for the Pirates, Reds, A's, Brewers, Angels and Blue Jays.  He had 2,712 hits, 339 home runs and a .290 batting average.  The 1978 NL MVP was also a 2-time batting champ (1977 and 1978).  He finished in the top 10 in the MVP voting 6 times and was an All Star 7 times (1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986 and 1990).  Parker was also a Gold Glove Award winner in 1977, 1978 and 1979 and a Silver Slugger Award winner in 1985, 1986 and 1990.  Parker won the World Series with the Pirates in 1979 and the A's in 1989.

For some crazy reason, Dave Parker is not in the Hall of Fame.  Jim Rice is in with similar awards and similar stats.  Parker lasted 15 years on the ballot, the then maximum that anyone could remain on the ballot.  He only received at most 24.5% of the vote.  His last chance was in 2011, and he only received 15.3% of the vote that year, well short of the required 75%.  Now, Parker's only chance at the Hall is via the Veterans committee.  He will be eligible this December for the Veterans Committee vote, but with other popular players such as Alan Trammell, Jack Morris and Lou Whitaker on that ballot, it doesn't look like Parker will make it this time, either.

I mailed to Parker on October 26 and got the cards back on October 23 for a 7-day TAT.  I paid his fee of $20/card.

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