Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Mailbag: A Larry King "Fans of the Game" Autographed Card

I've been a huge fan of the "Fans of the Game" autographed cards put out by Donruss/Playoff for a long time.  So, when this Larry King card came up for bidding on eBay I knew I had to take a run at it. 

As you can see, King claims an allegiance to the Brooklyn Dodgers.  He was born in the NY borough in the early 30's, so he had an opportunity to grow up with the "Boys of Summer".  Nowadays, you can spot him at Dodger Stadium taking in a game.

At one time he threw his hat into the ring as a potential buyer of the Dodgers.  He had this to say, via Tony Jackson at ESPN LA:
"I think Frank got caught up in the L.A. aspect of the life," King said. "The Dodgers became secondary to the ... lifestyle of being Frank McCourt, Dodger owner. He liked that image of walking into a room. Basically, he is a nice guy, I don't think he is an owner. I just don't think he is cut out to own a baseball team. He is cut out to be a real estate guy who does deals. He is a deal guy … .

"I am a fan. I'm paying over $300 a seat for every game, I have six seats. I'm putting this money into the team, I hope they do well. I would like to see the owner do well. But instead of bidding for the top free agents, he's buying another house. ... If I run into Frank, I'm kind, I smile and I say hello, and he says hello. He has been to my house for dinner when he first got the team. But ... he's not cut out to be an owner, and I think the league made a mistake, frankly, in giving him the franchise."
This card is a 2004 Playoff Honors "Fans of the Game" card that I was able to snag for about $15 delivered.  I don't think that's too shabby.

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