It only took Marquis Grissom 25 years to sign …
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
It only took 25 years, but Marquis Grissom has a certified autograph card.
The news comes 10 years after his last of 17 seasons in MLB — a career where he was a two-time All-Star, a four-time Gold Glove winner, a two-time NL stolen bases champ and a World Series winner with the Atlanta Braves back in 1995.
The .272-lifetime hitter is one of seven 1990 rookies who are revisited on flashback cards in 2015 Bowman, which arrived on Wednesday from Topps. Grissom now has five certified autographs in the Beckett database (click here for a complete checklist) with each player on the checklist signing a standard card, a Gold Refractor (/50), a Red Refractor (/5), a standard Refractor (/99) and a 1/1 Superfractor.
Other players in the set hadn’t never signed cards for inclusions in packs. but some hadn’t signed much. Former Cleveland Indians infielder Carlos Baerga, for example, now has 27 certified autographs. Former Toronto Blue Jay John Olerud now has 60, while former Pittsburgh Pirate Moises Alou now has 44.
A pair players with a lot more signed cards round out the Recollections Autographs checklists in Bowman with former New York Yankee Bernie Williams (now at 250 autos), former Texas Rangers slugger Juan Gonzalez (now at 551) and Hall of Famer Frank Thomas (now at 1,068) also included.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrisolds2009.