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NFS - Team-signed baseball - 1973 Phillies with Schmidt, 1972 Giants
NFS - Team-signed baseball - 1973 Phillies with Schmidt, 1972 Giants

Baseball that I had signed as a child, by some of the 1972 San Francisco Giants, and then later by the 1973 Philadelphia Phillies, both outside the Astrodome in Houston. This has always been one of my most treasured possessions, as my Dad made a special effort to let me and my brothers meet the players. The Giants game was great, but disappointingly, no Willie Mays. I also had a bad experience with Willie McCovey, and didn't get him to sign.

The Phillies signing was great - Jim Lonborg did not sign, as he had his bags hanging over his shoulder and was in a hurry to get to the bus, but I did get Mike Schmidt to sign - at the time he was a sub-200 rookie, so I wasn't thrilled - and Steve Carlton signed beautifully on the sweet spot. The Schmidt version is very different from the signature that he adapted soon after.