Monday, February 8, 2010

2009 Topps Attax Jorge Cantu

Who is this?
Jorge Cantu, first baseman for the Florida Marlins

What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Topps Attax set

Where'd I get it? I ended up with way too many Topps Attax cards last year, so I mailed some out to players for autographs. This one went out last April to Dolphin Stadium and came back today.

How much did it cost? About a dollar for the card and postage.

Why is this so special? Jorge Cantu is one of the Marlins' better hitters. He hit .289 with 16 home runs and 100 RBI last season.

Cantu was a nice story the year before. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Cincinnati Reds had both given up on him, but the Marlins gave Cantu a shot to be a full-time player. He hit .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBI.

Cantu has an unusual signature. It seems to hint at "J Cantu," but the letter "C" is the only unambiguous one.

This autograph looks a bit different from ones signed for Topps used in 2007 and 2008 baseball sets, but I'm still hopeful that it's authentic. The 2007 and 2008 Topps autographs distinctly different from ones Cantu signed for the 2000 Bowman set, so it's not as if Cantu has had a single autograph style for his whole career.

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