Friday, January 1, 2016

Dollar Frey

I am not as active as I used to be on some of the Facebook groups, but I still dabble here and there.  I am in a Cardinals group that I will occasionally post a picture, or two, when I land a cool Cardinals card, an auction group, and then just a general baseball group that has cards for sale and trade.  The Facebook groups have settled down over the years, or maybe it's just me.  Most of the collectors are pretty straight forward with posting cards with what they are looking for in trade, or what price they are selling their cards at.

I like trading, but there are a lot of times when you can find some really good bargains in the group.  They often require flipping through a bunch of pictures, but sometimes it's worth it.  Recently I took a little bit of time one evening to flip through some of the posts in one of the groups and I ran into an autograph of former Royals and Cubs manager Jim Frey.  Card cost $1.

Frye never played in the Majors and spent most of his coaching career as a coach, not a manager.  Working for the Orioles in the 1970s, he helped with the Earl Weaver lead teams that won a few American League pennants and a World Series.  His managing career was short.  Frye spent a few years with the Royals, winning the 1980 American League pennant, and helped the Cubs win the N.L. East in 1984.  He also worked as the general manager of the Cubs for awhile, but wasn't so good at that job.  

By no means is Frey a Hall of Fame manager, but I was really surprised to find a card of him for $1.  I wasn't even really looking for a card of Jim Frye, but I know a good deal when I see one.  Jim Frye for a dollar, good deal.  Oh, I also got this card too, but it was $2...... 

I am not a huge Bob Brenly fan and try to watch Cubs games on mute, but he still won a World Series with the Diamondbacks.  Also had a decent career with the Giants.  Overall, not two cards I had to have, but when do you run across autographs that cheap of someone decent?


  1. I had no idea Topps had manager autos! Are you willing to trade for the Bob Brenly auto??

    1. More than willing to trade the Brenly. Shoot me an email at

  2. $3 for two solids autographs. Nice finds.