Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Throwback Tuesday

Today's post is a bit of a hybrid - part Throwback Tuesday, part Pirate autograph project, and part some long overdue new arrival scanning from the weekend.  Put it all together, and you either have Franken-post, or a great looking vintage autograph.  Take your pick.

Art Swanson is a guy whose story is fairly common among the 1950's Pirates teams.  He made his major league debut at 18 after being signed as a bonus baby, appearing in one game in 1955.  Swanson would get a cup of coffee again in '56, before getting an extended look in 1957.  During that season, he pitched in 32 games for the Buccos, starting 8.

Swanson would continue pitching in the Pirates system until his retirement in 1962, but added depth around the Pirates World Series year pushed Swanson down the depth chart.

I had been aiming to get this card signed for a while, but had mistakenly believed Mr. Swanson had passed away.  Realizing he was still alive and an active signer through the mail, I picked up a copy at a show for a couple dollars and sent it off in the mail.  As you can see, I'm pretty pleased with the way the card turned out.

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