March 1, 2009

1st Through the Mail Stopped Midstream

I think this is my first and only Kansas City Athletics card and it was sort of a surprise when I received it...I was buying a Don Larsen 1961 Topps card and was expecting to see Larsen in his pin-striped Yankee uniform...I of course knew him from his perfect game in the World Series but beyond that I didn't know much about him. I had assumed that he pitched for the Yanks his entire career and had no idea he was once a pre-Royals Kansas City Athletic for a season.

I have been itching to try my hand at a Through the Mail autograph and I thought this would be a nice one to try to get. I can't imagine Don gets a lot of Kansas City Athletics stuff to sign so I started doing some digging and getting a letter together when I found that Mr. Larsen charges for autographs and will send a price list back if you send things to him to sign. The price list doesn't include the cost of having a card signed and the closest I could get is 8 x 10 glossy of a photo of five cards for $10.00. I'd probably pay $10 to have him sign the card but $10 for a photo? No thanks.

4 comments:

zman40 said...

http://autocards.blogspot.com/2008/08/1960-topps.html

--David said...

Maybe it's me, but a price list!? That just strikes me as all kinds of wrong.

Dinged Corners said...

Price list, uh uh.

MMayes said...

Some guys do this. Some current notes on www dot sportscollectors dot net say he charges $7 for a card.

At least if the guy charges, you know you stand a pretty good shot of getting the card back.

Good luck.