Thursday, November 30, 2017

Wes' Big ol' Cube o' Cardboard - Part 3

Aloha, everybody, 

In the last two posts we enjoyed highlights from the big cube full of cards that Wes sent me. Today, let's check out the autograph cards. 

Leading off is a Dodgers prospect who I had an eye on and was sorry to see traded away...

Sands was sent off to Boston in the mega-trade that brought Adrian Gonzalez to LA. Since then, he's bounced around both leagues, and is now a Giant. This auto will fit right into the bunch of Sands RCs I have in my collection, and just can't seem to part with. 

Yimi here has had a slow start to his pro career. He underwent Tommy John surgery last season, so time will tell what's in store. 

Either way, this is a very attractive card. Garcia's signature is flashier than Jerry Sands, but they both make those A's in their last names prominent. What's up with that? 

Pedro Baez's card gives a scan that's hard to read, but this is also a very nice card. I dig the reief pitcher posing with a bat, and his signature is big, legible, and bold. 

Baez had a rough time toward the end of last season, but the Dodgers are keeping their faith in the young pitcher, and so am I. I was very happy to get this Baez auto card in the bunch. 

Miguel Almonte is actually with the Royals. I suspect Wes thought it looked like a Dodgers uniform. No harm, no foul. I'll gladly accept it and hope young Almonte has a good year for Kansas City, so this can become prime trade bait down the line. 

Magill here is one of those young prospects that never quite panned out. He was last seen jumping away from the Padres to make himself a free agent. Good luck, Matt. 

Willie Calhoun. The one they traded away. The one who they are going to regret trading away. 

The Dodgers wanted Yu Darvish and the Rangers wanted a top prosect. It came down to be either Calhoun or Alex Verdugo. I wanted Calhoun to be the Dodgers' next power-hitting second baseman. The Dodgers didn't listen to me, and chose Verdugo to keep and become their 110th outfielder. *sigh* 

At least I've got this nifty Calhoun card. It's bright, shiny, and features a great shot of Willie. The auto is kinda lazy, though. I can't even decipher a single letter from his name in that sig. 

Onelki Garcia was a Cuban defector just like Yasiel Puig. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities end. 

Garcia pitched breifly for the Dodgers, who weren't impressed. They sent him to KC, and they weren't impressed. Garcia is probably thinking about defecting to Mexico or Japan for the next stage of his career. on the bright side: A pleasant, circular auto. 

The final one today is my favorite of the auto cards. It's not a superstar, but a player I really enjoyed watching in his time with the Dodgers. Back in the early 2000's the infield pair of Cesar Izturiz and Alex Cora turned effortless and beautiful double plays. 

Most of you probably know Cora as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox...

A great group of signatures. THANKS, Wes. Next time: The finale -Vintage and team sets.


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