I have very few card collections given my limited resources and space, but I did decide some time ago to begin collecting on-card Royals autographs. It’s been a blast so far trying to track these things down and this is the latest addition to my collection. To view the cards currently in the collection, take a look at the Gallery. If you have any on-card Royals autos- especially one you don’t see in that gallery there- chances are I need them so don’t hesitate to drop me a line!
Until I started collecting random Royals autos, I had no idea what was happening with cards between 1996 and 2003. Maybe more significantly, I had no idea what Upper Deck had done since 1993, the last year I collected more than just Topps (I was 12… I had a budget). Probably the most confusing thing I’ve run into from them is the SP series. SPx, SP Authentic, SP Rookie Edition… can someone explain what the hell the differences are between these things? And wasn’t there an SPx Finite where everything was numbered to something stupid? I’m glad things are so much simpler now!
Aaron Guiel had an interesting minor league career punctuated by interesting stints in indie leagues dotted with some interesting injuries erased by one interesting season in the MLB and parenthesized by a huge exclamation point in Japan where he hit 35HR for the Yakult Swallows in 2007. Last year he hit .199 with 15 HRs for the same team so I’m not exactly sure how much more ink he’s got in the pen, so to speak.