Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Top 100 Cards of My Collection-#71 2004 SP Authentic Chirography Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza is considered the best hitting catcher in baseball history by many. His 396 home runs as a catcher is the most all time (Piazza finished with 427 in his career) and he's a 12 time all star. The only thing missing from Piazza's career is a World Series ring, which he came close to winning in 2000 when the Mets and Yankees faced off in the Subway Series. Piazza doesn't have a ton of certified autographs out there, so they do command a premium and I think this one at #71 is one of his nicer autographs out there. This is actually the silver parallel numbered to #60 (regular versions have a red background and are numbered to #75) and of course what makes this even more sweeter is it's an on card autograph. It's funny how on-card autographs used to be the norm, but
sticker or band-aid autographs have really taken over the hobby
and on-card autographs are now usually just reserved for higher-end
 sets. That's what makes having on-card autographs of superstars like Piazza
that much appealing. I just love the overall sleek design of this card as well. SP Authentic
always had some of the better autographs out there. Will there ever be a catcher like Mike Piazza?
Can Buster Posey or Carlos Santana be that guy? Only time will tell, but those will be some huge shoes
to fill indeed.

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