Dale Murphy: Fandom & Autographs

The last couple of weeks have rekindled my Dale Murphy fanhood.  First, there was an E$PN article about my childhood favorite player.  Then a few days later on the Go GTS Live web show, they started running down the list of signers at the National Sports Collector’s Convention this past weekend.  I even went and dug out my Murphy player tee!

The prices that I was seeing for autographs was ridiculous, to me.  Maybe I’m just cheap.  I even mentioned in the chat that there’s no way I’d pay that much for anyone.  Then, this flashed up on my screen…

Now THAT is an autograph I’m willing to pay and wait in line for!  However, I wasn’t going to the show, so no autograph.  I’ll just have to be happy with the four Murphy autographs that I have, and I figured this was a good opportunity to show them off.


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Dale Murphy 2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Autograph
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Dale Murphy 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game Autograph

I’m not a big fan of feeBay these days, but I’ve had both of the above cards since shortly after release.  The autograph thing was still pretty new, so I jumped at the chance to get these, not wanting to miss the opportunity.  I believe that I have (or had) an Upper Deck auto from around this time, but I can’t find it.  BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Dale Murphy 2005 Topps Originals Signature Edition Autograph

I can’t say when I picked this one up.  The reason I did, though, is because I love the 1984 Topps design.  It’s among my favorite designs ever.

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Dale Murphy 2004 Donruss Studio Private Signings Platinum Autograph

I love this autograph and it’s the most recent one I picked up.  Nostalgia dictates that it’s my least favorite of my Murphy autographs.  I consider myself a lucky and happy man if this is my least favorite, I paid significantly less than that sticker price, and…

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Dale Murphy 2004 Donruss Studio Private Signings Platinum Autograph (back)


So, if I could have made it to the National and had one card signed, what would it have been?  This.

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Dale Murphy 1991 Topps Operation Desert Shield #545

For collectors of my age, the 1991 Topps Operation Desert Shield set is iconic.  I love it because not only is it a piece of baseball history, but a part of world history.  If I’m fortunate enough to make it to next year’s show AND Dale Murphy is there, I’ll have another card for him to sign.  I’m not sure what card, but I’m going to put a lot of thought into it.

Hopefully a year from now, you’ll be reading a follow up post.  Happy collecting, y’all! 

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