Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Time: 18 Days
Address: c/o Tennessee Smokies
Item Sent: 1988 Fleer Update, 1989 Topps, 1989 Upper Deck, 1992 Score World Series (already signed by Lonnie Smith)
Item Received: 1988 Fleer Update, 1989 Topps, 1989 Upper Deck, 1992 Score World Series. All signed in blue Sharpie.
Brian Harper could flat out hit, and he may have been the most underrated member of the 1991 World Champion Minnesota Twins. He was a journeyman and a converted outfielder (he caught all of six major league games in his four previous big league stops before signing a minor league deal with the Twins), the Twins moved him to catcher full-time. After tearing up AAA Portland in 1988 (.353 average with 13 home runs and a 1.056 OPS in 46 games), he hit .295 for the Twins in 60 games as Tim Laudner's backup. He took over as the primary catcher the following season and held the job for five years. He was remarkably consistent, posting averages of .325, .294, .311, .307, and .304.