Interesting fact: Dino Restelli was the 3rd to last Pittsburgh Pirate to wear the number 21. Paul Smith wore the number in 1953 before Roberto Clemente began to wear the number regularly in 1955.
And since I promised some more Mad Dog and Cobra cards, here's one of my favorites. It's a three piece relic featuring a black jersey worn by Willie "Pops" Stargell, a yellow jersey of Dave "The Cobra" Parker, and a bat of Bill "Mad Dog" Madlock. I managed to pick this up awhile ago for around $30. Seemed like a reasonable price for the 3 key components of the 1979 World Series team. At only $10 a relic, it wasn't too overpriced considering the low print run of only 25. I love that the team's colors were all used in the design of this card and that every player's relic is different to give the card more character.
I also picked up a few more cards from the animal kingdom by adding a couple autographs of the Cobra and Mad Dog.
|2005 UD Past Time Signatures|
Marking my 4th Auto (3 of which are on card) of Bill Madlock is this 2005 UD Past Time Signatures that I picked up for under $6 shipped. After coming across this card, I decided to see what other players were in the Past Time Signatures set. There's a lot of interesting players that don't normally have certified autographs available. Best of all they're all on card. So if you're looking for Ray Knight, Luis Tiant, Kent Hrebek, Mike Scioscia, and many more players from the 70s and 80s then this is a good auto series to look into. Most of the players can be had for less than $10 and you'd be surprised at some of the players on the checklist of your favorite teams that you might not have known had certified autos.