Category: “Autograph Collection”

Autograph Collection: Stan Musial

This came in the mail for me today. I have the original card as well, but this is pretty nice. Now, I just need to save up and get me a Koufax ….

Simmons Collection: 2012 Bowman Chrome Refractor Autograph

I’ve decided to go forward with another player collection. This time, I’ve chosen the Braves young shortstop, and future superstar, Andrelton Simmons. I have to say, if the Braves trade him, and all indications are they won’t, but still, if they do, it would be inconvenient timing for me.

As a Braves fan, guys like Simmons, BJ Upton, Freddie Freeman and the great Jason Heyward will keep the Braves in contention for the foreseeable future. It’s doubtful the Braves can make the post-season year after year on their budget. Still, Braves get to be hopeful year after year after year. That’s nice.

Here’s a prediction: the Phillies will be a second division team for a decade starting in, at most, four years.

Heyward Collection: 2011 Topps Tier One Auto #OR-JH

I really like the 2011 Tier One autos, even if the color of the right border reminds me a bit too much of 1992 Fleer. His signature is getting shorter and smaller, but adding the 22 helps a lot! (I’ve got a few more of these J-Hey signatures tricking in.)

Autograph Collection: Jon Gilmore

Gilmore is currently a farmhand of the White Sox and is a former first round draft pick of the Braves. I’m not holding my breath for him to make his MLB debut, but you never know. He isn’t exactly tearing up the Southern League with Birmingham. Hey, at least he’s made it as far as Michael Jordan made it through the White Sox system.

Autograph Collection: Cory Rasmus

Here we have the younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays mediocrity, Colby Rasmus. Cory is a right handed pitcher and like his brother, hails from my hometown, Columbus, Georgia. He was once commonly listed on Braves Top 10 right-handed pitching prospect lists, but times have changed.

Autograph Collection: Joey Devine

Here’s another card I “won” in a group break from Thorzul … this wasn’t his Mondo break … just the regular one. I like Devine and I’ve been rooting for him, but this Spring, he had his second Tommy John surgery and that can’t be good.

Heyward Collection: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Auto Relic #TTUAR-6

I’m not a fan of Triple Threads as a whole. I bought a box back in 2006 and it was the biggest waste of time and money I’ve ever spent. That said, I did enjoy the auto relics from the 2011 set. I have the Martin Prado already, thanks to Derek over at Tomahawk Chopping. I knew I had to grab this one eventually.

J-Hey, that signature is less than expressive.

Heyward Collection: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Future Phenoms Auto Relic #122

I have mixed feelings about Triple Threads. I think the stupid little message windows cut out over the relic are ugly and more often than not, rather stupid. Yet, when I look at this card, I just like it. Why? Heyward I guess. I like that he included his uniform number in the signature. Not a bad card at all.

Heyward Collection: 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Autograph #AGA-JHWE

We are starting to get near the end of my Heyward autographs … or … at least the one’s I’ve acquired so far. I love the mini A&G autos, but I think the card would look better without the frame. The bright orange frame doesn’t do a thing for me. Of course, with the frame, it’s a lot easier to find a protector to slip the card in. 

Heyward Collection: 2008 Bowman Chrome Auto #BCP121

I knew I had to pull the trigger and buy this card eventually. It certainly isn’t getting any cheaper. Plus, as Scott Coleman of SB Nation pointed out on Twitter yesterday, Heyward is now within .2 of the lead in WAR for the NL this season. Makes you wonder where he’s be if Fredi hadn’t banished him to the seven spot in the lineup for so long.