Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Jimmy Key

Sent: 2/11/11
Received: 2/22/11
Time: 11 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1987 Topps
Item Received: 1987 Topps, signed in blue Sharpie.

Jimmy Key was a fantastic pitcher, one of the best southpaws in the league from the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s.  Though under the radar up in Toronto, he and Dave Stieb were quietly one of the best 1-2, lefty-righty punches in the game for many years.  After winning a World Series in his final year with the Blue Jays (1992), he moved on to New York and posted consecutive 18 and 17 wins seasons for the Yankees, finishing in the top four in AL Cy Young voting both seasons (fourth in '93 and second in '94).  He won another title in his final year in pinstripes in 1996.  Now... I'm not trying to make a case for Jimmy Key as a Hall of Famer, but consider his resume: 186-117 record (.614 winning percentage), 2 World Series titles, four All-Star games, three top-five Cy Young finishes, an ERA title (1987), a wins title (1994), and a 3-1 record with a 2.66 ERA in four career World Series games.  Not a Hall of Famer, but I would think he could have done better than the 0.6% of the vote he received in his lone year of eligibility.  At any rate, I'm thrilled to have this gorgeous blue Sharpie signature on his 1987 Topps card.  (FYI for other collectors: Key is a very quick and generous TTM signer, but he has a strict policy of one autograph per request.)

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