Tuesday, July 27, 2010

2009 Eastern League All-Stars D.J. Wabick

Who is this? Binghamton Mets outfielder D.J. Wabick

What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Eastern League Northern Division All-Stars set.

Where'd I get it? Wabick signed it for me after a game in Trenton earlier this year.

Now much did it cost? I got the set on clearance for $3.

Why is this so special? D.J. Wabick was the 25th round selection of the New York Mets in the 2005 draft. He advanced through the system and was selected as an Eastern League All-Star in his first season for the Binghamton Mets at age 25.

Last year, Trenton hosted the game and went all out. Most of the time, the All-Star set will include approximately 30 cards. That doesn't allow every player chosen to have a card, but it does keep the set to a more manageable size. Trenton went a different route - separate sets for the Northern and Southern Division teams. I know some fans thought it was a money grab, but since I picked up the sets on clearance this year I just thought it was a nice gesture.

The actual card design isn't very autograph-friendly, though. They have a gloss finish (of course) and they are too dark to showcase the autograph well. Wabick tried to find a light area to sign, but his autograph still gets lost.

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