Tuesday, December 1, 2009

STS Profile - Jim Bouton

1999 Sports Illustrated Greats of the Game Autograph Jim Bouton (nno)

Jim Bouton was easily identifed by Zman40 of Autographed Cards. Bouton's playing career would be considered more very good then superstar level, certainly what he is remembered for today is "Ball Four"

Most of us have read "Ball Four" or are at least familiar with the book. Jim Bouton's official web page is actually www.ballfour.com - If your interested in a Jim Bouton Autograph they are $10 on a baseball or an 8x10 from the site, or you can order one of his books and have it signed for $10-$30 depending on the book.

For the Collector

This particular card went for $5.32 on ebay and pops up frequently in ebay auctions. I am really fond of the 99 Fleer SI autograph series there are 80 baseball players in the set including several Hall of Famers. The Photos are all drawn from Sports Illustrated Covers and there is a set of Football Autographs as well. Many of these Autos can be had for under $10 and all of them are on-card.

The Bouton 99 SI auto has sold 4 times on ebay in the last few weeks all for under $6 shipped. The lowest was $4.34. An 03 Sweet Spot Classic Bouton Auto went for $13.49 which was the highest of any Jim Bouton Auto Card sold.
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Bonus
Only two folks picked up the bonus. I am a bad fan and have not gotten around to reading "Tales from the Phillies Dugout" - in my defense, it hasn't been in the Phungo Library real long. Paul's Random Stuff correctly picked "Men at Work" which is probably on my re-read list by now, and Nachos Grande picked "Word Freak" which the two of us discussed the merits of in a recent book review post of his. I have read all three Stephan Fatsis books and enjoyed them very much.

As far as the other books folks have selected, I have not read "Clearing the Bases". I picked up the book at a Signing, and am glad to have Mike Schmidt's auto in my collection, but reading the book as not been urgent. I consider the Lebowski book coffee table reading, and while I may have read the whole thing just by paging through it - I am definitely glad it is in the collection, the recipe of a White Trash Russian is worth the price of admission alone.

Spot the Sig! Standings after 7 Innings

Autographed Cards - Royals: Big Two-Run Triple from Alex Gordon gives AC 3 runs scored. and a Man on 3rd.
Nachos Grande - Reds: 2 runs scored. Bases Loaded.
Paul's Random Stuff - Mets: 2 run scored. Men at 1st and 3rd.
Card Buzz - Angels: Vlad Guerrero hits a long fly off the top of the wall for a Triple!
one run scored. Man on 3nd.

Play at the Plate - Rangers: one run scored. Man on 1st.

Night Owl - Dodgers: Bases Loaded.
The Wax Ripper - Yankees: Men on first and 2nd.
In Search of Pat the Bat
- PHILLIES: Man on First
Thought and Sox - Boston Red Sox: Man on First
Cardboard Junkie - Braves: Man on First

Beardy
- Orioles: On Deck
Indians Baseball Cards Always
- Indians: On Deck
Padrographs - Padres: On Deck
Nr-MT - Yankees: On Deck

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