Sunday, November 15, 2009

Luis Aparicio: An affordable HOF'er

Luis Aparicio is the living proof that you can still purchase great HOF'ers, even graded, for less than $15 on ebay any given sunday.

During his 18 seasons MLb career, he achieved many distinctions:
  • 1956 Al ROY
  • 10 time All Star
  • 1966 World Series champ with the O's
  • 9 Gold Golves at SS (five of them in a row)
  • He lead the AL in stolen bases 9 straight seasons and went back home with 506 in his career (34th all time leader)
Finally in 1984 he was elected to the HOF receiving the highest % of votes among his class that also included Harmon Killebrew, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese and Rick Ferrell. He's also a proud member of the Venezuelan Baseball HOF in which he was inducted back in 2003.

The only Aparicio card I own so far is this 1963 Topps but in the next couple of weeks I'll be making a run after a graded copy (even if it's a PSA 1) of his 1956 RC. In the meantime, enjoy:

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