Sunday, July 18, 2010

2001 Fleer Futures Fernando Seguignol

Who is this? Orix Buffaloes first baseman Fernando Seguignol
What is this? An autographed card from the 2001 Fleer Futures set... I'm not sure if this was an insert, subset or part of a regular set.
Where'd I get it? Seguignol signed it for me before a Newark Bears game earlier this year.
How much did it cost? Around a quarter?
Why is this so special? Fernando Seguignol began his professional career with the New York Yankees organization in 1993, when I was still a junior in high school. He was later traded to the Montreal Expos for John Wetteland.

Seguignol made his major league debut in 1998, at the age of 23. In parts of four seasons with the Expos, he batted .251 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI in 173 games. Seguignol went to Japan in 2002 and played for the Orix Blue Wave.

In 2003, he returned to the States and signed with the Yankees again. This time, he actually got to play in the Bronx - he appeared in five games as a September callup. But in 2004, he went back to Japan to play for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

There, he became a star, hitting .306 with 44 home runs and 108 RBI and winning the Best Nine Award at designated hitter. Seguignol stayed with the Fighters until 2008, and he still holds NPB switch-hitting records.

Earlier this season, Seguignol played for the Newark Bears before getting signed by the Buffaloes.

Seguignol's autograph is artistic, but it's not very legible. It's not very noticeable in the scan, but there is a glittery effect in the silver border of the card - I can't remember ever seeing that in another set.

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