Friday, May 7, 2010
2008 Atlantic City Surf Billy Kovatch
Who is this? Long Island Ducks outfielder Billy Kovatch
What is this? An autographed card from 2008 Atlantic City Surf team set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed before last night's game between the Long Island Ducks and the Newark Bears
How much did it cost? The team set was a gift from a friend
Why is this so special? Billy Kovatch is now playing his fifth season in pro ball, but he's never been part of a major league organization. He hit .281 with 19 RBI for the Surf in 2008. Last year, he split the season between the New Jersey Jackals and the Long Island Ducks.
The Atlantic City Surf were one of the original franchises in the Atlantic League. The team hosted the league's first all-star game and won the first championship in 1998. But poor attendance made team owners decide to move to the short-season Can-Am League for the 2007 season. It didn't help, and the team folded after the 2008 season.
Kovatch must have been a late arrival to the Surf in 2008, because most of the other players featured in the card set have nice action photos on their baseball cards. Kovatch ended up with a mugshot. ;) He's got a nice, distinctive autograph.