I am pretty stoked about this card. Even though Maury Wills had been playing for the Dodgers since 1959, due to a dispute with Topps, this 1963 Fleer card is considered his rookie card. This is my fifth autographed '63 Fleer. And I have another three coming to me in the next few weeks as a result of the most recent Chris Potter Sports signing. As you might guess, I have set out to try and get as many of the cards in this set autographed as I can. So, I decided to break it down to see what the challenges would be.
1963 Fleer is a small set, the first Fleer set to feature contemporary players, rather than retired greats. As such, they were only able to feature 66 players. I don't expect to ever get them all, but I would like to get a large chunk of them autographed.. Some of the challenges:
- 20 of the featured players have passed away, although some of their cards may be available with autographs on the secondary market.
- Roberto Clemente - Even if one became available, I couldn't afford it.
- Don Drysdale - same as Clemente.
- Sandy Koufax - he does limited signings and I believe charges a minimum of $400. Unless I hit the Lotto (unlikely since I don't play) that is way too rich for my blood.
- Willie Mays - I am not sure the "going rate" but I suspect he falls into the same category as Koufax - rare and too expensive
- Warren Spahn - they are going for over $120 on EBay. It is getting into the range that I might decide to buy one in an impulsive moment. But, I am not feeling impulsive at this moment.
- Joe Adcock - deceased and a short print card. I don't expect to ever see one come up for sale.