Thursday, January 13, 2011
I'm Excited About Randy Myers
As some of you may know, Randy is considered one of the tougher autographs to obtain, at least among living players. From what I understand, he has not appeared at any card shows or participated in any private signings for the last twenty years. I've heard that he hates the physical act of signing, so he chooses not to do it. I'm sure that he's not the only player who has ever felt this way or decided not to sign, but he seems to be the only former Oriole player I've come across that feels that way. This means that most of the Orioles signed cards that are out there were autographed during his playing career which ended in 1998. All of these factors add up to make any autograph of his, especially on an Orioles card, a very tough signature to come across.
Recently, I was lucky to find this card for sale in an Orioles signed lot on ebay. I had autographs of all the other players who were included and didn't really want the doubles and triples, so I sent the seller a message asking if I could purchase only this card from the lot. He agreed and I added Randy to my collection for a very reasonable price, especially compared to the prices of Randy's others autographs that I've seen for sale and since this is the only Orioles autograph of his that I had ever come across for sale.
Randy's career spanned 14 seasons from 1985-98 and he pitched for the Mets, Reds, Padres, Cubs, Orioles and Blue Jays. He signed with the Orioles as a free agent following the '95 season and was the anchor of the bullpen for the O's last two playoff seasons, even leading the American League with 45 saves in 1997. He also led the N.L. in saves twice during his three seasons with the Cubs from 1993-95 and made four All-Star teams during his career.
Myers is best remembered as being one of the "Nasty Boys" in the 1990 Reds World Series champs' bullpen, along with Rob Dibble and another former Oriole Norm Charlton. Interestingly, none of the three are very accommodating with TTM requests. Nasty indeed.