- Sent: 10/13/2017 | Received: 1/6/18 | 83 Days
- ’83 Topps, ’84 Topps, ’88 Fleer, ’88 Donruss, ’89 Topps
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The Story of the Autograph
Bob Dernier was a center fielder for the Phillies and Cubs throughout the decade of the 80’s . He was a quick guy and was known as “The Deer” in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field. During his time in the minors he led the minor leagues in stolen bases with 77, 71 and 71 bases in 1979-1981. He made his major league debut for the Phillies on September 7, 1980. In 1983 he was part of the Phillies team that lost the World Series to the Orioles.
The next year, Dernier was the leadoff hitter for the Cubs’ NL East Champion team. Along with Ryne Sandberg batting second, Harry Caray dubbed them The “Daily Double”. The Cubs would lose to the San Diego Padres that year (1984), but Bob homered in the first inning of Game 1 to start a 13-0 victory for the Cubbies.
1984 might have been Dernier’s best season. He had a .278 average with 45 stolen bases, 5 triples, 32 RBI and 3 homers in 143 games. That was a close to a full season as Bob would get. He was also a Gold Glove winner that year. In 1987 he had a pretty good year with his highest average (.317) and home runs (8). But he only played 93 games that year.
After baseball Bob worked at a baseball training academy in Kansas City. Later he was the Cubs first base coach.
The Score on Bob Dernier – 5.5
Bob has a solid autograph. All of his cards say “Bob” but he signs them all as “Bobby”. I’m not sure what he prefers to go by but I would assume since he signs as “Bobby” that would be what he prefers. Most of these cards are great for taking an autograph, but the ’89 Topps card is a little dark in the corner. The rest of the cards came out pretty great though. Mr. Dernier takes up a good amount of card with his signature and you can tell he looks at the placement of it based on the ’83 and ’84 Topps cards.
Thanks for a great return Mr. Dernier! I’m giving these a 5.5.
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