Monday, January 31, 2011

Signed 8x10 Cecil Fielder photo

Who is this? former Detroit Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder
What is this? An autographed 8x10 photo
Where'd I get it? I got it signed at an autograph show in Secaucus on Saturday
How much did it cost? $35

Why is this so special? Cecil Fielder was one of my favorite players in the early 1990s. He played a little bit for the Toronto Blue Jays in the late 1980s, but I don't think anybody other than die-hard Blue Jay fans noticed.

He went to Japan and played one season for the Hanshin Tigers, becoming a slugging superstar. Then he came back to America and joined the Detroit Tigers. He was a 3-time All-Star and two-time American League home run champion, hitting a career-high 51 in 1990.

Later in his career, Fielder was traded to the New York Yankees and won a World Series ring with them in 1996. He retired with 319 major league home runs during a 13 year career. He and his son Prince are the only father-son duo in Major League Baseball history to have 50 home run seasons.

Fielder has a neat autograph - he signed the big, looping "C" first, then filled in the rest of his first name. Next was the big, stylized looping "F," and finally the rest of his last name.


Dan said...

Sweet sig! I was at Yankee Stadium when he hit Nos. 50 and 51 in 1990. It was so cool at the time because 1) the Tigers trounced the Yankees, 10-3, and 2) 50 homers meant something in 1990. It hadn't been done since George Foster's 52 in 1977 (I turned 1 three weeks before he hit No. 50).

zman40 said...

That is a great looking signature. I got him on a card TTM in the early '90s and while yours and mine look similar, mine is much more cramped on the card.

Paul said...

My friend got a card signed at the show on Saturday, and Fielder's signature didn't look as good. It needs to be big to avoid looking scribbly.

I've got a Diamond King card that was signed when Fielder was an active player. I should dig it out sometime to compare...