Tuesday, November 10, 2009

STS Profile - Billy Butler: Swag from Saints Case Break

2007 UD Ultimate Collection Rookie Signature #108 Billy Butler (#d 146/299)

As I feared, this weeks auto turned out to be a tough one. For the first time in STS! history we had to go to a HINT to get for the Autograph to be Identified.

This auto came from a group break run by Dan over at Saints of the Cheap Seats. Prior to this break the only breaks I entered were budget breaks that were run by Thorzul and others. The bounty from the break came in this week and included a Carl Yastrzemski jersey card and a Ryan Freel base card.

2007 UD Ultimate Collection #13 Ryan Freel
2007 UD Ultimate Collection Star Materials #SM-CY Carl Yastrzemski

I am pretty happy with the cards I received in the break. Billy Butler is a good young player for the Royals, who would be more widely known if he played in a higher proifle city. He has seen increased playing time each of his 3 major league seasons and finished 2009 with 21 homers and a .301 BA. His OPS+ for 2009 was 124.

I knew this would be a tough auto for several reasons

1) It is a particularly bad auto perhaps in the HoF of bad autos - and once we started running down the K names that was definitely trouble.
2) Butler is a young player that is really not well known - and he runs below the top tier of prospects.
3) The card gives a slightly misleading hint - Butler is a first baseman as a major leaguer. He played a variety of positions on his way through the Royals system, including outfield.
4) He plays for the Kansas City Royals who many of us don't think about.

I initially thought that Butler had written the ""B"'s in his name off of the sticker, but that is not the case. The sticker is clearly large enough on both the top and bottom to contain the full letter. Butler simply doesn't always close the top and bottom of his B's. I checked a handful of his other autos and this seems to be as bad as it gets for him - His signatures vary greatly in readability, although you can see a pattern where the clear UD sticker autos that are significantly worse.


If you went right down the middle you were good. There were 3 base cards of active players and a Then and Now insert of Herb Score and Kerry Wood (who was active in 09). Our Mathematician over at Nachos Grande correctly calculated that 4 cards would emerge from the pack, as did Wax Ripper - each will receive a single as their bonus.

Later this week I plan on posting the contents of 4 other packs of the 04 Heritage as part of a Faux Blaster report.

Spot the Sig! standings after four innings.

We have a rookie in the game, Brian from Play at the Plate lines a double for figuring out this tough auto after the hint. We are almost half way through the game and it remains anybody's game.

Paul's Random Stuff - Mets: one run scored. Men at 2nd and 3rd.
Autographed Cards - Royals: one run scored. Men at 2nd and 3rd.
Night Owl - Dodgers: Men on First and 2nd
Nachos Grande
- Reds: Bases Loaded
The Wax Ripper
- Yankees: Men on first and 2nd.
Play at the Plate - Rangers: Elvis Andrus hits a Double into the game to put a man in scoring position for our newest STS entry.
In Search of Pat the Bat
- PHILLIES: Man on First
Thought and Sox - Boston Red Sox: Man on First
- Orioles: On Deck
Indians Baseball Cards Always
- Indians: On Deck
Padrographs - Padres: On Deck
Cardboard Junkie - Braves: On Deck

Thanks all for participating in this particularly challenging installment of Spot the Sig!

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night owl said...

That signature is an embarrassment. He should have some of his salary docked for that thing. Then they need to call up his third grade handwriting teacher and have her scream at him for a half hour.

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely happy that I don't have to authenticate Billy Butler signatures.

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