When I was 12 years old, I traded a couple 1991 Nolan Ryan cards to a friend for a 1969 Brooks Robinson. It was a fair trade at the time, before everyone realized that baseball cards from the late 80′s and early 90′s were overproduced and practically worthless. So the trade worked out in my favor and now almost 20 years later the 1969 Brooks Robinson is one of the cornerstones of my collection.
Since the card has some sentimental value and Brooks Robinson is still alive and well, I decided to send it to him to autograph it. To my dismay, Brooks came and went and I never got my card back and the check I sent with it was never cashed. After several months with no response back, I bought a replacement card because I was so used to seeing it in my collection (I know, in hindsight, I should have called the card shop to ask about it, but I didn’t think they even received it because they didn’t cash the check).
Last week I got a surprise in the mail:
After almost a year, I got the card back signed by Brooks Robinson!
Now this is something I can pass on to my children when I die. Brooks Robinson is a Hall of Famer, which means he will be remembered as long as baseball is played in America. I hope Brooks is still around in a few years so I can bring my kids to meet him in person.
If you want your own Brooks Robinson autograph, check out his website over at BrooksRobinson.com