Who is this? Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez What is this? An autographed 2009 Topps Throwback logo parallel card from a Target blaster. Where'd I get it? I wrote to Gonzalez at Braves spring training camp and asked him to sign it How much did it cost? The unsigned card came out of a $19.99 blaster box from Target.
Why is this so special? I had been doing pretty well with my spring training autograph requests for awhile, but when I got Gonzalez's card on Friday, it was my first success in nearly two weeks. Unless I get a big run of late returns, I'm going to cut back on the number of letters I send out next year - my success rate is currently around 35 percent.
Gonzalez has the unenviable task of taking over for future Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox in Atlanta this season. The Cuban native spent three and a half seasons managing the Florida Marlins before getting fired last year. He was named the 2008 Sporting News Manager of the Year.
Gonzalez doesn't have a very pretty autograph, but I imagine it's quick to sign.
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.