Saturday, July 4, 2009

Billy Williams Jersey Card

Similar to the Ernie Banks Jersey card, this Billy Williams is nice to look at.

2009 SP Legendary Cuts, Legendary Memorabilia, Billy Williams
(card # LM-BW), numbered 73 of 125

And, like the Ernie Banks card, Upper Deck came out with a slew of variations on these cards. The Billy Williams card has the same print run as the Ernie Banks card. There is the standard base card (greenish) - print run of 125, Blue - print run of 100, Red - print run of 75, Brown - print run of 50 and Violet - print run of 25. I don't know anyone who will try and collect every variation. More info on this set can be found at Upper Deck's site for this set.

For 13 years Ernie and Billy played together with the Cubs. In 1962 and in 1965 they were both selected to be All-Stars. Ernie played all of his games with the Cubs. Billy was traded towards the end of his career and finished his final two seasons with the Athletics as a Designated Hitter. Billy had a .290 Batting Average over his 18 years in the big leagues.

I picked this HoFer card up on the ebay for $0.99, plus $2.75 shipping, well below my $5 target. I told you it would average out. I like the blue uniform, as it goes nicely with the cap, but the quailty control on this particular card is horrid. The centering of the print is off every which way.

All that being said, I still like the card.

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