31 August 2015

2015 Panini Cooperstown Induction Autographs Goose Gossage


I saw this card from 2015 Panini Cooperstown over on the Cardboard Icons blog and I had to go out and get a copy for myself. They were readily available on eBay, so it didn't take long for one to show up in my mailbox. I don't know that I ever watched Rich 'Goose' Gossage pitch, but I saw plenty of his baseball cards and he always seemed like the very embodiment of a major league ball player, right down to the interesting nickname and the intimidating facial hair. He smiled quite a bit in the posed photos, but in all of his in-game pictures he looked like he was made of fire and tobacco. The photo on this card features him in a more lighthearted scene, posing with a Hall of Fame jersey-wearing stuffed goose. The on-card autograph just adds that much more to this card, vaulting right up among the favorite autographs in my collection.




I really need to go back and add some of his base cards to my collection. I bet I could scoop up a full run of them without breaking the bank. In reading more about him I see that he is pretty big on the 'unwritten rules of the game,' which is an attitude I complain about quite a bit, especially in relation to the Braves and Yankees who seem like big wet balls of butt-hurt every time someone does something they don't like. I don't know that I like excessive showboating, but I don't mind the occasional bat flip, an end-zone celebration after a touchdown, or an excited punch at the air after making a big play. There is a place for that kind of stuff in my world,  I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that point. One thing I can say, though, is that Goose Gossage is one of my favorite players to see on a piece of cardboard, even if I haven't yet gone out of my way to chase down many of his cards.

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  1. That Goose is just plain awesome - I guess having a little fun isn't against the unwritten rules of baseball cards, right? Also, he has a beautiful signature! So, if he ever wants to write down those unwritten rules, at least we'd be able to read them clearly.

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    1. I am pretty impressed with the signature. I his unwritten set of rules for being a pro ball player includes taking care when signing autographs.

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  2. Love the silly auto!

    I'm sure I could fill a PWE with Goose dupes if you wanted to do a quick trade.

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    1. I might be able to find a couple of things to send your way. I will have to shuffle around in my card boxes a little bit, though.

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