The latest Bat Around though appealed to me, and I decided this was as good a time as any to join the fray! As I'm sure you've already read elsewhere by now, the idea is to form the best starting nine you can featuring autographed cards from your collection. In the kick-off post over at Torren' Up Cards, it was mentioned that you could also include two relief pitchers and a closer. Hopefully I don't offend anyone by stretching the rules a bit, as I got slightly out of hand and built an entire 25-man roster.
Here we go...
I don't actually collect autographs all that actively these days, although I'll still nab an occasional signature or two from time to time. The bulk of the autos that I do own are Red Sox players, being that I'm a team collector, but I did try to avoid this becoming an all-Red Sox team, since I'm still quite eclectic in my collecting overall and a lot of the best players I had at each position were not actually Red Sox.
With the manager out of the way, let's take a look at the 25-man roster. First, the starting nine...
This is also probably one of the best steals I've ever gotten on an autographed card. I paid $12.99 for this on eBay years ago, before Mookie was a household name in baseball circles. These days the card commands $100+ all day long.
Side note, you'll be seeing quite a few cards from this 2005 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes release over the course of the post. It's one of my favorite autograph sets of all-time, and since it's chock full of HOFers it isn't all that surprising that you're going to see a bunch of them here. Let's move on to the infield...
REST OF THE ROTATION
Bat Around I really enjoyed, Jim Abbott has always been a personal hero of mine and I just couldn't bring myself to leave him out here. Anyone who faces the challenges that Jim did, and overcomes it to achieve the level of success that he enjoyed, is deserving of a spot on my roster.
So, there you have it, the Shoebox Legends All-Autograph Team! I have to say, that was a ton of fun to put together. I think I might have to do the same thing with a hockey roster here in the near future if I can find the time. I hope you enjoyed my take on the Blog Bat Around, thanks for stopping by!