Who is this? Newark Bears infielder Sandy Madera What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Pawtucket Red Sox team set Where'd I get it? Madera signed it for me before Wednesday night's Bears game. How much did it cost? $1 on eBay.
Why is this so special? Sandy Madera is one of the most out-going baseball players you are likely to meet. This is his 11th season in pro ball; he made his pro debut as a 18-year-old catcher in the Athletics organization in 1999. He was the Dominican Summer League All-Star Catcher that year.
Madera has also played in the New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox farm systems. In independent league baseball, Madera has played for the New Jersey Jackals in the Can-Am League (he was an all-star there in 2007) and the Newark Bears.
Last season, Madera played in five games for the Pawtucket yet he somehow got included in the card set. He's actually looking for copies of this card, but I don't think I'm going to be able to locate any before the home schedule closes out next weekend.
Madera is a finalist in the ugliest autograph of the year contest, unfortunately.
I'm only putting autograph-related links in this blogroll. However, if you have a blog or a collector site not specifically about autographs, but with an autograph page or an "autograph" label on your blog posts, I'll put that link here.