Sunday, June 7, 2015

1400

That number has a lot of significance to me. It was the street number of the house I grew up in. Where my love for baseball, baseball cards, and autographs all began.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps
Ironically, it's also the street number of my current residence.
Photo courtesy of Google Maps
On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the number became even more meaningful.
My brother and I drove 3+ hours to the east coast of Florida to Roger Dean Stadium, home of the Florida State League's Jupiter Hammerheads (Marlins) and Palm Beach Cardinals.
We saw the St. Lucie Mets (featuring 2 MLB players on rehab assignments, Travis d'Arnaud and Dilson Herrera) play the Palm Beach Cardinals.
It was there that I got 7 autographs, the 7th being my 1400th card signed. How appropriate, it was also one of my newest cards. A 2015 Topps Pro Debut card of St. Louis Cardinals prospect, Alex Reyes.
Just a reminder, but that's 1400 different cards signed. I never ask players to sign more than one card.
They're not all baseball cards. To break it down, it's:

11 Football cards
1 Basketball card
1 Wrestling card
1387 Baseball cards.

This is where they all reside, a 5" binder.
Here's the last page of the album, where autographs 1396-1400 sit.
A side view of the album, showing all 156 pages.
That binder has all my autographed cards in the order that I received them. It all started with Jose Canseco, but didn't become a full blown hobby until I got David Wells.
Who knows how long I'll keep this hobby going, but if I get another 1400 autographs, to paraphrase Chief Martin Brody...
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"We're gonna need a bigger binder."

6 comments:

  1. A believe the industry term for that many autographs is "shit ton". It also happens to be the term to explain the level of jealousy I have of that binder and your collection. Very, very nice.

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  2. Congrats on the milestone!

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    1. Thanks! I still owe you from the box break you included me in. Don't think I forgot.

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  3. That is quite the collection Dan. Looks like you were able to get Herrera. He is a former Bucco minor leaguer. They traded him for Marlon Byrd.

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    1. Yeah, I was very pleased with that trade. The Mets also got Vic Black, who I got an autograph from a couple of weeks ago.

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  4. Nice collection. BTW I have 3 of the 1983 Topps cards you need. Email me.

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