Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Choo Choo!

As usual for card show pics, I don't look my best when I've just come up for air after being in a 10 cent '70s box at a card show after a 2 hour plus drive in horrible road conditions, but you didn't come here to see me look pretty anyway! Here I am with the man, the myth, the legend, Choo Choo Coleman! When the guy who was assisting him and I were checking this picture to make sure it came out OK, Choo Choo advised us not to worry about it because "Ah'm old!" I'm also probably the only person in the history of the universe who's posed for a picture with Choo Choo Coleman while wearing a Godflesh t-shirt.

Here's the '63 Topps card I had Choo Choo emblazon with his signature. Some people frown upon cards of this vintage being signed, but me, I'm all about it. Hell, Don Mossi signed my '62 Topps card via TTM request with a ball point!

Finally, for those of you wondering what all the fuss is about, beyond Mr. Clarence Coleman's awesome nickname, this really great interview should help you get a handle on it. The man's been almost totally away from baseball since 1969. For a long time, even his former teammates had no idea where the guy was or if he was even alive. Allegedly, White Plains was the first card show he's ever done. I actually even ribbed Dwight Gooden Jr. a bit, because he was at the Mets 50th anniversary reunion at Citi Field over the weekend (he posted a pic of himself, his sister and his dad with Willie Mays) and didn't get around to meeting Choo Choo. "He's kinda like Halley's Comet or somethin'", I said.

So, now that I've got Choo Choo Coleman's autograph as well as Choo Freeman's (remind me to scan that), should I go for Shin-Soo Choo's and Carlos "Chooch" Ruiz's to complete the collection?


  1. Thanks for sharing my interview with Choo Choo Coleman. Even though his answers were short, he was great to talk to. He really enjoyed being here.

  2. Heck, thanks for doing the interview, Nick! It was a terrific piece.


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