What is this? An autograph card from 2008 Topps, card number HA-DB.
Where'd I get it? Sports Card Alley.
How much did it cost? Two bucks.
Why is this so special? This is the last card from the "3 for $5" case I bought a few weeks ago. At least I think it's the last card, I've lost track. Daric was a huge prospect for the A's a couple of years ago. A first round pick of the Cardinals, Daric was traded to the A's in the Mark Mulder deal. He was on top prospects lists all over the place and was the future of the franchise. After playing in minor league all star games and Futures games (and getting moved from catcher to first base because he was blocked by Kurt Suzuki) Daric made his debut last year and got on base safely in all 18 games he played. So of course now that the crazy hype is in full swing he gets his shot to be the everyday first baseman for the A's and the OBP machine hits... .224. Plus he's on the DL and is out until August. Ain't that how it always works. Daric is only 22 and he'll probably turn out to be a solid first baseman who can get on base, but unless he starts hitting homers right and left you can forget about him being a 'hot prospect' ever again. That's how prospecting works, If they ain't Pujols in 5 years it's a common card. I'd root for Daric if his signature wasn't so shoddy. What what does |>B'l mean? Work on your handwriting Daric, and the OPS will follow. At least his low batting average ain't hurting him with the ladies...
I'm only putting autograph-related links in this blogroll. However, if you have a blog or a collector site not specifically about autographs, but with an autograph page or an "autograph" label on your blog posts, I'll put that link here.