Cael’s Collection – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards
The alumni card of the day is a John Lackey autograph card from the 2008 Upper Deck Baseball Heroes set that is serial numbered 50/65. I picked this one up at the card show out at the mall tonite following our Kernels job fair today from a three for $10 pile along with a Mike Napoli autograph card and a Cubs game used jersey card that I will send to my older brother who is a big Cubs fan. I owe my wife big time for trying to entertain Cael while i searched for the Kernels cards and some 1967 Topps cards for a set i am trying to build. Cael decided he was done with the show and the mall after about 90 minutes and we headed for home. There are several different types of autographed cards in sets now a days. I always prefer the autographs that are actually on the card as this means the player actually had the card you get in their hand while signing it. Some collectors do pay a premium to collect these type of autograph cards.
This Lackey autograph is the type where the company sends the player a sheet with many holographic stickers on it that the players sign and send back to the company who then puts the stickers on the cards it disperses in its sets. Some companies have the player sign them in the presence of an official from the company to verify their authenticity. Its interesting that we even see these ‘stickers’ show up in the Kernels locker room. Our last few teams have had some pretty decent prospects playing for the Kernels and many of them have been part of the minor league and prospect sets that companies have been producing. Just seems odd as a collector to watch one of our guys signing a couple sheet with about 40 stickers on each that will end up in a baseball card set later that year.
Another type of autograph cards that have been used more recently in sets are the ‘cut autographs’. These are pieces of paper, canceled checks, personal letters, and even baseball cards from previous sets that have been signed by a player that are then verified through the companies signature experts before being inserted into a specially designed card to frame the ‘cut’. These are often used to allow a company to put in insert autograph cards of players who are deceased. I have a few alumni cards of this type and will show an example in tomorrow’s post.
made five starts for the 2000 Cedar Rapids Kernels
squad. Lackey went 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA while striking out 21 in 30 1/3 innings of work before being promoted twice that season. The 2000 Kernels squad finished 53-86 under manager Tyrone Boykin. John Lackey has compiled a 116-82 mark with a 3.89 ERA during his nine year MLB career entering 2011. Lackey was selected to the 2007 American League All- Star squad and finished 3rd in the Cy Young voting that season. He signed a major free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox prior to the 2010 season. Lackey was a key component to the Angels 2002 World Series Championship team and finished 3rd in the Rookie of the Year voting after going 9-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 18 starts.