Who is this? Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson.
What is this? An autograph card from 2008 Goudey, card number GG-KJ.
Where'd I get it? EBay.
How much did it cost? $2.84 from larryvan.
Why is this so special? I'm not going to lie about it, Kelly isn't having that great a year for the Bravos this season. He's definitely regressed a bit from last year, especially in on base percentage. It's gotten so bad that trade rumors are flying, which is ridiculous considering his age and the fact that no one really wants him right now. I think it's just a situation where everybody stinks right now, with the possible exceptions of players not named Chipper. The idea behind the trade rumors might be due to the fact that the Braves have a truckload of infield prospects right now. I'd still rather see Kelly at second instead of Lillibridge or Prado, or at least move him back to the outfield which is a real weakness right now.
Trade or no trade, Kelly has had a signature card in both the '07 and '08 versions of Goudey. I really like the way they look so I've been looking for the Braves relics and autos from Goudey since last year and have been fairly successful so far. The '08 team set for Braves relics and autos is a lot tougher than last year though, Chipper and Glavine are in the autographed set and there appears to be a short printed Spahn jersey card. I can make a good run at it though and this great lookign sig from Kelly is a good start.