No explanation needed on who Johnny Bench is....
I remember watching Dave with the Mets at Shea and even his pop ups were awesome....
played all the infield positions with the Big Red Machine of the early 1970s.
was the first baseman for the great Yankees teams of the late 1970s and hit the game winning home run in the 1976 A.L. Championship series against the Kansas City Royals.
was drafted by the Dodgers in the 1968 and was named The Sporting News' Minor League Player of the Year in 1972.
was a shortstop for the San Francisco Giants from 1975 to 1985. He made his big league debut on September 2, 1975 and in his first at bat hit an inside the park home run becoming only the second player ever to do that.
was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 15th round of the 1966 Major League draft in 1966 as a catcher. He was switched to outfield and then infield and was named the 1969 National league Rookie of the Year. He was traded to the St Louis Cardinals in 1970 in the Richie Allen trade.
These are some baseball customs that I have gotten TTM or through private signings......
was a utility infielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1950-1953 who had the misfortune of playing behind Pee Wee Reese, Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges and Billy Cox. He also played for the Phillies, Cardinals and Cubs.
was a first baseman, catcher who played college baseball at the University of Arizona before signing with the Red Sox in 1955. He bounced up and down between the Red Sox and the minor leagues from 1959 to 1962.
was a pitcher for the St Louis Cardinals in 1956 and 1959. He had a 1-7 lifetime record but led the American Association in strikeouts in 1958 with 193.
pitched for the Boston Red Sox in four games during the 1962 season after being called up from Seattle of the Pacific Coast League where he had a 8-2 record with a 2.00 ERA.
was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1959. He made his big league debut with them in 1964 and pitched in two games before he traded to the Mets for the original Frank Thomas. In 1965, he stuck with the Mets and pitched in 32 games, starting 11 of them.
pitched for the 1964 World Champion St Louis Cardinals as a rookie in 1964 after a fine minor league season at Jacksonville where he had a 9-3 record with a 1.55 ERA. He was traded to the Mets in 1964.
was one of the best hitting first baseman in the American League in the early 1960s. He was an American league All Star from 1960 to 1962, His best season was in 1961 when he hit 46 home runs, had 146 RBIs and a .302 average and finished third in MVP voting behind Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle.
signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1962. He batted .290 in 78 games with the Dodgers in 1964. In 1965 he was moved to the outfield when Tommy Davis broke his ankle but only hit .133 before he was replaced by Lou Johnson. He was traded to the Mets in 1966 and then the Astros in 1967.
was signed as a free agent in 1961 by the St. Louis Cardinals. After batting .295 with 17 homers and 86 RBIs with Jacksonville in Triple A in 1965, he was recalled in September; he got into ten games with the Cardinals. In 1965 the Cardinals traded Bill White and George started on Opening Day 1966 at first base. he didn't hit well and the Cardinals traded for Orlando Cepeda.
It's been a long while since I have posted any new customs but since I had some time I decided to post some autographed customs from the last year. All were either TTM or through private signings.
I'll start off with football......
NEW YORK JETS
The Super Bowl New York Jets were my favorites when I was small, I'm sorry to say it's been all downhill for the Jets since then. I was on a Topps Greatest Moments kick when I did these.
was the AFL Rookie of the Year in 1964. He scored the only Jets touchdown in Super Bowl III and rushed for a then record 121 yards in the game. He was tough.
was the halfback and when Matt Snell was hurt, he was the best Jets rusher. He could run, catch and block.Very dependable.
was the tight end on the Super Bowl team and caught 32 passes that season. He was drafted by the Jets in the 4th round of the 1966 AFL Draft after playing at the University of Texas.
played defensive tackle was an AFL All Star in 1968 and 1969 and had 14 1/2 sacks during the Super Bowl season. He played one year ( 1973) with the Philadelphia Eagles and finished his career in 1974 with the New York Stars of the W.F.L., who also had other Super Bowl Jets on the roster.....George Sauer, John Dockery, John Elliott, Randy Beverly and Babe Parilli.
played linebacker for the Jets from 1964 to 1974 after going to college at Penn State.
was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1993. A guard, he was originally signed by the San Diego Chargers and played for them in 1967 and 1968 before he was traded to the Dolphins and played with them from 1967 to 1980. He was named to the NFL's 1970s All-Decade Team.
played his college football at Alabama and was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 1980 NFL draft. He was voted as an All-Pro five consecutive times from 1983 to 1987 when the Dolphins led the league in fewest sacks allowed from 1982 to 1987. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
was a college star at Alabama and was drafted in the third round by the Dolphins in the 1979 NFL draft.
He was the starting running back in Super Bowl 17 and Super Bowl 19. He had a great game in Super Bowl 19, with 18 yards rushing and 10 receptions for 83 yards.
was one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time playing fore the Vikings and Giants. When he retired he held almost all the quarterback passing records. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.
was an All American running back at Oklahoma and won the Heisman Trophy in 1969. He was selected by the Detroit Lions in the 1st Round of the 1970 NFL draft and became the first Lion to ever rush for 1000 yards in 1971.