One Man’s Autographed Baseball Collection; What’s Yours Look Like?

by Greg Johnson

As collectors, we usually become excited when we look at our collection and we remember the story that goes with each item. We usually have specific items that we are proud of, for different reasons. I always am interested in hearing what other people’s collections look like, even if their collection is barely getting started. If you are a new collector or a veteran you know what I am talking about. There is an excitement to hearing the stories about certain baseballs that that were added to your stash.

I must say that the first autographed baseball I ever received will never be forgotten, not only because it was my first, but because Bengie Molina picked me out when there were thousands of people in line. I also have a Tim Lincecum ball which I won’t forget because he was pretty humble about it and he hung up his phone just to come sign. Edgar Renteria reminds me of how many times it took me to get his autograph but also of how durable he has been, playing for many years and being the MVP for the 2010 World Series. My favorite player of all, Buster Posey signed a ball for me. I have been following him since he was drafted by the Giants, and I was lucky enough to get his autograph, another humble and nice person who deserves Rookie of the Year in my opinion.

Matt Cain is another nice person that I was able to get, and one of my favorite players out there. He took the time to sign after doing a bullpen session. Pablo Sandoval also signed one of my baseballs, and he also picked me out of a big crowd waiting for autographs. Although I must say, I was with my girlfriend and I think he signed it more for her than for me! Baseball players are known for stuff like that.

If it’s not obvious enough, I am a huge Giants fan and most of my autographed baseballs are from Giants players. I don’t limit myself to just Giants players, though, because I am just a big baseball fanatic. And, when the chance comes, I am always trying to get other players. I happen to have a Carlos Gonzalez signed ball. I really like this guy as a player and I think he will be a great player for years to come. He was nice enough to come all the way from right field, where he was shagging balls, and he signed for me when I was on the left field wall.

A guy you may have never heard about, but probably the nicest guy in baseball that I have met, Esmil Rogers a prospect from the Rockies organization. I can probably say that he is the one baseball player that I have held the longest conversation with; I was probably talking to him for a good 30 minutes. Finally, I also have a Kurt Suzuki signed bat. I am really proud of that piece of memorabilia. I always wanted a game-used bat and Kurt was nice enough to make it happen for me.

You have heard a little bit about my small, but yet memorable collection. I would like to hear your stories about you collection. Feel free to leave comments and share your stories with the rest of us.

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