The past few years I have been trying to track down an autograph of my favorite manager of all-time for my collection. Unfortunately Martin tragically died in an automobile accident back in 1989, which means collectors have only two options for obtaining signed cards: cut signatures and in-person signatures.
Cut signatures are pretty pricey... and to be honest really aren't my thing. So I decided to target PSA slabbed signatures. It took awhile, because I wanted to find the right card at the right price... but last week I finally added this 1981 Topps Oakland Athletics team card signed by Mr. Billy Ball himself.
It's a little hard to see his autograph (the scanner didn't help), because he signed across the team photo. But I can live with that, because at least it's right-side up. Plus 1981 was the year Billy led the Athletics to the ALCS during the strike shortened season.
One of these days, I'll add a signed copy of his famous 1972 Topps card with him flipping the bird. It may take a few more years, but at least I have this card to hold me over until then.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!