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Saturday, November 20, 2021

TTM Success - Luis Aparicio

Here is a TTM success from a private signing that I got really excited about.  I had a few Luis Aparicio cards put aside ready to send out, then they got moved around and mistakenly placed into a box.  When this private signing popped up, I freaked out because the cards weren't where I thought they would be.  I tore through a ton of boxes until I finally found this 2015 Topps Tribute (and the other cards I had put aside).  One of the other cards was a Topps Tier One, but that card was damaged a bit, so opted not to send it.  Also, the price point of the signing convinced me not to send in the 1991 Crown Orioles Aparicio.
I wanted to send two cards, so my decision was down to this 1973 Topps and a lower grade 1959 Topps.  I went with this 1973, because I thought it looked really nice, and I don't often think of the Red Sox when I think of Aparicio, so I thought it would be something a little different in my album.

Aparicio (b. 1934) played in the majors from 1956 to 1973 for the White Sox, Orioles and Red Sox.  He had 2,677 hits, 83 home runs and a .262 batting average.  He also had 506 career stolen bases; leading the league in nine consecutive seasons from 1956 to 1964.  He was an All Star ten times (1958-1964 and 1970-1972) and a Gold Glove Award winner nine times (1958-1962, 1964, 1966, 1968 and 1970).  His best MVP finish was second in 1959.  He was the 1956 AL Rookie of the Year.  He won the World Series with the Orioles in 1966.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984 (his sixth ballot) and received 84.6% of the vote.

I mailed to the signing on August 14 and got the cards back on October 8, for a 55-day TAT.  I paid a fee of $90/card.