Sunday, June 22, 2014

Autos of Three People You've Never Heard Of

First up, forget not about the Mega Contest. Only 9 days left in the month to score some entries.
Here's a few autos I've picked up recently. They aren't exactly household names, but any player I don't already have an autograph of is quite welcome.

2004 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Aspirations Autographs Rafael Gonzalez #'d 37/50.

Rafael Gonzalez spent 6 years in the minors, all with the Reds' system. Drafted in 2004 straight out of high school, Gonzalez never made it past high-A. Picked this up on eBay for not too much. I already had the base auto from this set, and I don't typically go for a second auto of anybody, but anything serial numbered out of 50 is an acceptable exception.

1994 Signature Rookies C.J. Nitkowski.

Ok, maybe you've heard of C.J. Drafted in 1994 by the Reds, he would make it to The Show the very next year. He was then shipped off to Detroit mid-season. He would play for the Reds, Tigers, Astros, Tigers again, Mets, Rangers, Braves, Yankees, and Nationals during a 10-year career that came to a close in 2005. I don't even remember where I got this. I think it was in a quarter box at a card show.

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Lumbergraphs Philippe Valiquette.

Another cheap-o eBay purchase. Like Gonzalez, Valiquette never quite found his way to the big dance. Drafted straight out of high school in Canada by the Reds in 2005, he made it as high as triple-A, but didn't quite have enough to make the leap. After 6 season in the Reds' farm system and 1 season in the Brewers', Valiqutte retired in 2012.

Go Reds.

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