1970s-80s TCMA & More Signed Sets Collection - Robinson, Mantle, Paige (350+ Autographs)
Total of (350+) autographs. Complete breakdown: 1) 1953 Bowman Black & White Extension set of 15 signed cards with: Jackie Robinson (sig affixed to card), Paige, Williams, Mays, Musial, Berra, Banks. 2) 17 1951 Bowman (1982 TCMA) signed cards with: Greenberg, Williams, DiMaggio, Berra, Martin, Dickey. 3) 1983 Donruss Heroes set of 39 with 22 signed including: Greenberg, Williams, Aaron, Musial, Bell, Dickey. 4) 1984 Sport Design set of 46 with 33 signed including: Greenberg, Williams, DiMaggio, Drysdale, Mays, Musial, McCovey, Yastrzemski, Berra, Reese. 5) 1982/83 Diamond Classics set of 108 with 62 signed including: Greenberg, Koufax, Williams, DiMaggio, Mays, Aaron, Kelly, Ford, Banks, Grimes, V. DiMaggio, Musial, Dickey, Spahn, McCovey. 6) 1982 Renata Galasso set of 36 with 31 signed including: Mantle, Berra, Ford, Houk. 7) 1983 TCMA 50 Years of Yankee All Stars set of 47 with 43 signed including: Dimaggio, Berra, Chapman, Dickey, Chandler, Ford (2), Hunter, Gomez, Murcer, Martin. 8) 1986 Renata Galasso set of 31with 28 signed including: Mantle, Berra, Ford, Houk. 9) 1970s-80s TCMA and SSPC Yankees autographed cards 75 including: DiMaggio, E. Howard, Collins, Martin (2), Hunter (2), Ford (2), Lopat. 10) 1970s-80s TCMA and SSPC autographs (18) including: Williams (3), Aaron (3), Mays (2), Musial, Banks (2) and more. 11) 1983 50th Anniversary Original All Stars set of 39 with 13 signed including: Dickey, Chapman, Terry, Hubbell, Gomez and more.
My father Ed Kubina began going to card shows for autographs in the mid to late 1970s.The first one I remember was at Hofstra University in Long Island, NY, where MickeyMantle was signing. My father brought my entire Girl Scout troop, paying their way, andgave them pictures for Mickey Mantle to sign. He told them if Mr. Mantle asked themwho to personalize it to, tell him to sign “To Ed”. After eighteen Girl Scouts and I wentthrough the line, Mickey looked up at my Dad when he finally made it through and said,“Hi Ed”.Over the years we went to every card show Mickey signed at in the Northeast. Thesewere our family vacations. My dad went to well over 100 shows through the years in hisquest for the signatures of players like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. We also went to Induction Weekendat Cooperstown every year beginning in the 1980s. This is where we met and got autographs from Roger Maris along with dozens ofother retired players.After Mickey Mantle’s death, my dad took a trip with my brother to Commerce, Oklahoma, where Mickey Mantle was born, and tookpictures. He even took a small piece off the side of the barn wall that Mantle used to practice hitting balls against when growing up.That was obsessive.- Deirdre Leary, November 2018