Saturday, February 22, 2014

Spring Training Autograph Recap

On President's Day I took my two oldest boys to the Salt River Fields to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training practice. It was a short practice because the D-Backs were all heading out to go play paint ball as a team. I wasn't very well prepared as far as cards go, but I was able to get a few cards signed by some pitchers.

Moe from the blog, My 2008 Topps Set Blog, was there and having seen my post about an earlier signing he offered me an Addison Reed card. Reed ended up being the first player to come over and he gave one of my boys a ball, which he ended up getting signed by 15 players. I got Reed to sign the card that Moe had given me.

I was able to get a few different cards signed by JJ Putz and and card signed by Patrick Corbin and Josh Collmentor. 

Near the end of the 2013 season a promotion was held to raise money for Phoenix Children's Hospital. For a $44 donation you got one of 2500 Paul Goldschmidt lithographs. I have been trying to get it signed ever since. I was trying to keep it from getting dirty, so I only removed part of the cellophane where I wanted him to sign. Goldschmidt came over and I asked him if he'd sign. he took my gold paint pen and thanked me for my donation. He signed it at the bottom and handed me the paint pen back. When I took the pen from him the loose cellophane blew over and landed right on the wet paint and smeared the signature. I was devastated. Not sure what to do now. 

* Adding this to make sure it's clear that I'm not disappointed about donating the money or anything like that, just really disappointed that after waiting for so long to get it autographed that it got smeared. My comment about not being sure what to do now was geared at trying to buy another one (lost one on eBay today) or trying to somehow remove the smeared signature and try again, or frame it, or just put it away somewhere. 


  1. I'm sure the Experience shared with fellow collector and your children is worth more than $44 that went to a good cause.