Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Great Baseball Card Experiment
An idea popped into my head over the last few months: If I sent baseball cards to players in a self addressed stamped envelope, would I actually get back an autograph? I have heard stories of players taking a few minutes out of their busy days, and signing an autograph for a fan. I realize the chances are slim, and I know that an autographed card isn't worth much, because their is no way for the signature to be authenticated. Here is the list of the players I am going to try and snag a signature from.
Zack Grienke: Always been one of my favorite players, after he had a successful fight with anxiety. Would love a Grienke signature in my collection.
Jeff Keppinger: A very good utility guy, who has always hit at the big league level. I figure a utility guy with Houston isn't bogged down with letters.
Clayton Kershaw- Reaching here, and hoping that the young lefty gives me an autograph. The guy is a stud, so I hope I get a response.
Gio Gonzalez- The young lefty has blossomed into an effective starter, and Oakland doesn't have a great fanbase, so I am hoping he hooks me up with an autograph.
Carlos Quentin- The power-hitting outfielder has San Diego ties, so me thinks I have that working in my favor.
Scott Hairston- Always was a favorite of mine when he played in a Padres uniform. Now with the Mets, hopefully he will feel a bit nostalgic.
Alex Gordon- The former #2 pick is having a solid 2011 campaign, and I have a ton of Gordon cards.
Chase Headley- Dude is having a very good year, and I am playing the local San Diego card, hoping that plays into my favor.
Daniel Hudson- The young Arizona right-hander has been solid this year, and would be a great addition to my collection.
Again, I am not expecting much, but I figure at least one of these guys has to respond. If not, I am sending non-insert cards that aren't worth much. I will keep you all posted on what I get back, if anything.
Posted by Kevin Charity at 1:30 PM