- Sent: 10/20/17 | Received: 10/27/17 | 7 Days
- ’93 Leaf, ’93 Ultra, ’94 Upper Deck (2)
- Address: Home
The Story of the Autograph
Greg W. Harris pitched for the Padres, Rockies and Twins over an eight year career in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Padres in 1986 and threw a no-hitter in the minors before coming up to the Padres.
He started out as a reliever, but in 1991 he got to the rotation and he had some pretty good success due to a nice curveball. His Padres ERA is 2.95 and that’s still one of the best in Franchise history (that darn Trevor Hoffman is too good). Harris went to the Rockies in 1993 with Bruce Hurst when the Padres were selling off a lot of players. The seem to do that sort of thing a lot those Padres.
After his career, Mr. Harris spent a lot of time in court regarding financial mismanagement and bad surgeries on his pitching arm and shoulder. In 1999 he was awarded a $6 million verdict and then in 2005 he was awarded a $10 verdict.
So why the “W.”? Well, around the time Greg W. was in the league there was also a Greg A. Harris in the league. His career started before Greg W.’s (in 1981). Most times on cards you will see Greg W. Harris with the middle initial and not Greg A.’s.
The Score on Greg W. Harris – 4.0
Greg seems to be a capital letter guy. You can see that “G” (I think its a “G”) and definitely the “H.” I see two things that I’m not a fan of on these. One is a little easier to see on some than others, but the marker he used wasn’t that strong. It could be the cards because you notice it most on the ’94 Upper Deck. Maybe the coating on those is impacting it. The second thing is related to the consistency of the signature. Each one of these looks a different and little differences are fine. But a lot of these are pen skips and lighter spots in the signature. If I probably had one card by itself I wouldn’t notice as much.
I do like that it’s big though, so that’s a little bit of a saving grace. Thanks Mr. Harris. I’m giving these a 4.
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