I'm still taking pictures (and trying to keep my piles of loot straight) in order to post about my Chantilly show haul, and all the other shop visits I made this past week.
Today I'm sneaking in under the wire with a quick post about one of the few autograph opportunities I took advantage of at the latest show. I don't spend a whole lot of effort on in-person autographs, but when my player collection guys show up at a nice price, I can't turn it down.
One of my more complete and extensive player collections is Livan Hernandez. I liked the guy when he was with the Nationals. He wasn't fancy, but was an innings eating machine. And he was Cuban like Luis Tiant, and has a similar happy personality, so I kinda considered him a modern version of El Tiante. Plus, after watching the story of how he and his brother Orlando came to America, I had even more respect for him.
I got my ticket and he was the second signer of the day.
Ticket #31 means I had to wait until the third group of tens to be called. But it wasn't that long a wait to get in line. While I was waiting, the first signer was taking customers too. He was also a PC of mine, but a bit higher priced.
Dwight Evans of Red Sox fame (and briefly with the local Orioles) was the first signer. Caught a couple shots of him while I was waiting.
Meanwhile, Livan looked like he could still play. I know he works with the Nationals and overseas prospects.
I told him he looked like he was still laying off the McDonalds like he said in the 30 for 30.
I debated whether to get him to sign a Nationals card (A&G) or his (extended) rookie card that I have.
I decided to go with the Cuban rookie card. I don't care for having my IP autos certified, I get them personalized and that's enough for me.