Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Auto Collection: Sutton Sweet Spot

My love for the Sweet Spot continues. Above is a 2005 Don Sutton Sweet Spot autograph card. This Dodger Hall of Famer spent 16 of his 23 Major League seasons with the Dodgers. He ranks as one of the more durable and proficient Dodger pitchers of all time. Sutton is the franchise all-time leader in wins (with 233), games pitched (550), innings pitched (3,814), strikeouts (2,696) and shutouts (52). He was elected to the Hall in 1998 and immediately had his number (#20) retired by the team that year.

One of the great innovations made by Upper Deck was the inclusion of autographs on pieces of wood. Below is the Sutton Sweet Sticks card from the same year. It is numbered 11 out of 25.

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