Thursday, November 5, 2009

STS Profile - Carl Crawford

Congrats to Autograph Cards for picking up a double by spotting this weeks sig of Carl Crawford:

2007 Goudey Graphs #GG-CC Carl Crawford

Carl Crawford was basically THE star of the Rays before they had their improbable 2008 Season. He was almost a forgotten man for that squad as he put up pretty pedestrian numbers during the 08 season. Still he is one of my favorite players, he has always had a good combination of skills that have made him exciting to watch.

At age 27 Crawford has accumulated almost 1300 hits and still has his prime hitting years in front of him. He has led the league in steals four times and is currently 4th on the active list - he will likely be 2nd on that list by the All-Star break of 2010. The three time all-star possesses a career .295 average has achieved a .300 mark four of the last five season.

Earlier this season Crawford tied a modern major league record by stealing 6 bases in a game. He was also the MVP of the All-Star game, an award largely earned for a fine defensive catch stealing a home run from Rockies outfielder Brian Hawpe.

Arguably the greatest tribute to Carl Crawford is that he is the rare player that has an excellent Card Blog dedicated to him.

For the Collector
A Crawford sticker auto card (shared w/ Delmon Young) went for $5.25 (07 UD Exquisite). There were a number of other Crawford rsticker autos (by himself) in the $7.50 range. An 07 UD Black Bat Barrell card went for $12.94 (#d 1/50). A similar looking card out of 05 UD Sweet Spot went for $13.05.

There were no 07 Carl Crawford Goudey Graphs cards found in the recent auctions list. To be honest it doesn't appear as if Goudey Graphs cards are moving much at all on ebay right now. It is a shame as I think they are pretty decent looking. The 07 Goudey cards have a good look to begin with and the Autos are on card. I picked this card up for $4.74 off ebay last November.

Spot the Sig!

This is one of the tougher autos, it appears to say "McG" or something like that. But I felt it was only worthy of a double as I felt the keen eyed collector would be able to identify the card as an 07 Goudey Graph and also gather that the uniform was that of a Tampa Bay Ray.

ZMan from Autograph Cards understandably has a lot of experience checking out autos and spotted Mr Crawford's Signature. Good for a Double and a RUN SCORED. This ties him with Paul's Random Stuff as we finish off the 3rd inning.

One sad order of business for Team Phungo, but good news for Thoughts and Sox - The Phils unfortunately bowed out of the 2009 World Series in six games as Shane Victorino grounded out to Robinson Cano. Adam of Thoughts and Sox correctly named Victorino as the Blob and picked up the bonus.

Spot the Sig! standings after three innings.

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: Men on First and 2nd
The Wax Ripper
- Yankees: Man on First
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

A new Spot the Sig! autograph will be presented for the contest on Sunday Night, All are welcome to join the game at anytime. If you need more Spot the Sig! details click here.

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