We had a break in the morning and bought 8 packs of cards. I got lots of good stuff! I think I passed my mom as the best pack opener in the family. More on the packs later. These were all free autographs. The Danny Cox cards are minis.
Dad – During the morning break, we headed to the vendors to pick up cards for Jason Simontacchi. Isaac picked a fancy X-fractor numbered to 150 and a Fleer throwback-like card. Simontacchi signed the X-fractor but would not sign the Fleer. He was very gracious and apologetic when explaining why. Here’s the story:
Simontacchi had a close friend and neighbor who takes care of his baseball card, memorabilia, and appearance arrangements. This friend stood by him even as his minor league career looked like it would not end with a stop in the majors. When he finally made it to the majors as a 28 year old rookie, he eventually autographed the Fleer Tradition card for his friend and, as a token of his friendship and loyalty, vowed never to sign that card for anyone else, regardless of circumstance. A promise he keeps to this day. Great story eh?