A1AF02: 08 Topps Co-Signers Cust, Ellis: I know why I bought this card. Cust and Ellis were, and still are, some of my favorite players to put on an Oakland uniform. And a care that has both their signatures really is too cool. That said, stickers. Why?! Not only stickers, but the ugly silver stickers. These work on one set: Bowman Sterling, and even then I am not happy about it. It’s a real shame that there will be an entire generation of players who never have a proper, on card autograph.
A1AF09: 01 Fleer Greats of the Game Frank Robinson: One of the great autograph sets of all time. The only thing I would change is that I wish the graphs where in blue, not black. But what can you do. At least they are not on a stupid sticker.
A1AF07: Hank Aaron / A1AF08 Rocky Colavito: The Aaron was acquired from a Private signing. It is about as nice an AAron was you are going to find, though for what it cost me it had better be. It looks like the “A” in Aaron is streaked or fading, but that is not the case–his pen just streaked a little. I am a condition freak, and it does not bother me. Sharpies are funny like that. The Colavito was acquired via a Charity in 2012…and I even got a nice note from him. He is on the short list of players that I would like to meet someday, though that will probably never happen.
A1AF05: 08 Upper Deck Chirography CD-PE Brandon Phillips/Edward Encarnacion: I have always though of Encarnacion as one of those Milton Brandley type guys, who have all the talent in the world but an attitude that wont let them succeed. Encarnacion in like Phillips though, in that once the old team gave up on his lack of production and poor attitude, the acquiring team got a steal. With the Reds Encarnacion was streaky, showing power potential but never really putting it together. He hit 26 HR is 2008, but normally was more of a 10-15 guy. Then we was sent to the Blue Jays, and in 2012 would hit 42 HR. That is crazy. And his BB/K ration was great–84/94. All while playing the hot corner.
A1AF05: 05 Upper Deck Signature HR HR-RG Frank Robinson and Ken Griffey Jr: This might be the most attractive autograph in my collection. I really like the Reds theme. I only have a couple Griffey autographs in my collection, and this is easily my favorite. I remember that I got it for a really good price, less the $50.
A1AF01: David Zastudil: I dont really have many punters in my collection. I got this from a private signing in Cleveland back in 2007, when the Browns actually looked like they might have had the makings of a good team. That would not come to pass. Zastudil is still a heck of a punter though, on the roster with the Arizona Cardinals.