Sunday, March 14, 2010

2008 UDX Signatures Frank Catalanotto

Who is this? Frank Catalanotto, a former Texas Rangers' utility player who is trying to win a job with the New York Mets this spring

What is this? An autographed card from the 2008 UDX Signatures insert set

Where'd I get it? Purchased at a local card show

How much did it cost? $5 (yes, I know I probably could have found a Frank Catalanotto autograph on eBay for 99 cents, but by the time I paid for shipping I wouldn't have saved that much.)

Why is this so special? Frank Catalanotto is a scrappy utility player who managed to make a nice career for himself in Major League Baseball. In 13 seasons, he has a career .292 batting average, 84 home runs an 456 RBI.

Catalanotto once went 6-for-6 in a game for the Toronto Blue Jays, setting a team record, and he's played for Italy in both World Baseball Classic tournaments.

For a guy with a long name, Catalanotto has a nice autograph. It might even look a little better if he wasn't trying to squeeze it on to Upper Deck's sticker.

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