inked – triple a style

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With just over 10 percent of the 2008 Albuquerque Isotopes home schedule in the books, I thought it would be a great time to post a few images of autographs I’ve obtained so far. Certainly I won’t be posting them ALL here, as that would cut into the time I need to pull cards and get organized for the next homestand. I’m sure that any of you who spend time before or after games waiting for players to decide they are in the mood to sign autographs can appreciate the hours that are invested in this never ending quest.

Today I am only posting those cards from one* of the sets I am working hard to complete- the Topps 52 Rookies. (*-Yes, it is technically two sets with the 2006 and 2007 releases, but in my mind it is one. And isn’t the fact that there are no rules one of the best things about collecting baseball cards?)

Ryan Roberts (2006 – no. 185).

This guy has more tattoos than a woman working a carnival sideshow in a Ray Bradbury novel. Ryan earns a special Aardvark tip of the hat for having slugged his first major league dinger against the Evil Empire in August of 2006.

Joaquin Arias (2007 – no. 4)

Nicknamed “Spiderman” for his defensive prowess, Joaquin boasts a lifetime .944 fielding percentage with 147 errors. I leave it to you to ponder that or his signature, or simply shrug your shoulders and move on to the next card.

Vinny Rottino (2007 – no. 94)

I thought I might run into you here. Although Vinny holds a lifetime .964 fielding percentage AND plays several positions, I don’t hear anyone calling him “Spiderman.” Nicknames are a curious thing. At any rate, Rottino is a great guy and always pleasant to talk to.

Zach Jackson (2006 – no. 257)

Well, they can’t all be nice guys all the time. Perhaps Zach really is a nice guy, but he certainly seems to dislike signing his name. I will just assume that I caught him on a bad day. Perhaps he recently closed on a new house and his hand was sore from signing all those papers. Jackson does earn bonus points for having a sweet signature.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia (2007 – no. 45 [short print])

When he’s in the mood, Jarrod will sign one card for each person. If he plays, he will sign after the game, and if he isn’t in the lineup, he will sign before- or tell you that he will sign after. Artists can be very temperamental! Of course the main problem with players who only sign one card is making the decision of what card you want signed as they are almost always on a bunch of different stuff.

Daniel Barone (2007 – no. 169)

Today (April 24th) marks Daniel’s 25th birthday. He is celebrating the occasion with a hopefully short stint on the Isotopes disabled list. Last season Barone contributed greatly to the Isotopes efforts by amassing a record of 7-0.

Shoot me a message or leave a comment if you are also working toward getting as many of these fantastic cards autographed and would be interested in establishing a long-term trading relationship. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this product line.

– Kris

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