Recent Royals: 1996 Leaf Signature Tom Goodwin Bronze

I have very few card collections given my limited resources and space, but I did decide some time ago to begin collecting on-card Royals autographs. It’s been a blast so far trying to track these things down and this is the latest addition to my collection. To view the cards currently in the collection, take a look at the Gallery or the other posts in this series. I’m working on getting a legit want list together on my trade page but, in the meantime, if you have any on-card Royals autos that it looks like I don’t have, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

This dude had 99 speed in MVP 2004. I have a special place in my heart for him.

First of all, this is by far the worst signature I’ve seen on a 1996 Leaf Signature card yet. It’s truly hideous.

Second of all, there’s not much to say about Tom Goodwin. Ole’ Tommy Hustle. Tom Tom Club? Tommyhawk Chop? Tommy Bahama?

Anyway, he had a relatively long and relatively successful career as a leadoff-type guy for the Royals, Rangers and Cubs. He has over 1,000 hits in the majors. Not too shabby. He stole a bunch of bases in his prime and far fewer towards the end of his career as base-stealers are wont to do. I always kind of liked the guy. Better than Jose Macias, that’s for sure. Oh, and he started in center field for the 1988 USA team in Seoul. So that means he played with Charles Nagy and Robin Ventura, if my memory of 1988 Topps serves me correctly! Tom wasn’t in that set, but he was in the 1990 Score set, so you have 4 dozen of his rookies sitting around somewhere. An under-the-radar type of player, Tom’s been coaching in indie and minor leagues since his retirement in 2005. Go, Tommy Boy!

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