Al Kaline

Al Kaline autograph
Birthdate 12/19/1934
Death Date
Debut Year 1953
Year of Induction 1980
Teams Tigers
Positions First Base, Right Field

Al Kaline spent his entire 22-year playing career with the Detroit Tigers. He made 18 All Star games and won ten Gold Glove Awards. 

In the collection:

1959 Topps card signed by Al Kaline

1959 Topps card signed by Al Kaline

“Kaline becomes youngest bat champ,” proclaims this 1959 Topps card. The Detroit right fielder was just 20 years old when he finished the 1955 season with 200 hits and a .340 batting average. Though he would never hit that high again, he did produce eight more .300+ campaigns. By the tim
Endorsement questionnaire from 1974

Endorsement questionnaire from 1974

By 1974 Al Kaline’s career was winding down. Though he made the All Star team for the 18th and final time, the ’74 season would be his last. In the collection is this endorsement questionnaire in which Kaline is asked to identify all of the companies that employ him to sell their product
Kaline finishes 3rd in the batting race

Kaline finishes 3rd in the batting race

Al Kaline batted .288 in 1966, seemingly a pedestrian season for the Hall of Famer. The mark however was the third highest in the American League that season, trailing only Frank Robinson (.316) and Tony Oliva (.307). It was Robinson’s only batting championship in 1966, a year in
A pair of autographed Al Kaline Topps card

A pair of autographed Al Kaline Topps card

Shown here are a pair of Topps cards autographed by Al Kaline. The card on the left — a 1974 production —  shows Kaline at first base, a position he took up after 15 years in the outfield. The other card is from 1966 a year in which Kaline finished  in the top ten in the American Leagu
Al Kaline autograph with those of Lolich, Freehan, and Horton.

Al Kaline autograph with those of Lolich, Freehan, and Horton.

In the collection is this limited edition Upper Deck collectors series tribute to the 1971 Tigers signed by Al Kaline, Mickey Lolich, Bill Freehan, and Willie Horton. All four players were on the Tigers 1968 championship team and the 1971

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