The First Australian Royal!

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 or the other posts in this series. I’m working on getting a legit want list together on my trade page but, in the meantime, if you have any on-card Royals autos that it looks like I don’t have, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

This signature looks remarkably similar to mine.

I'll go ahead and say they should just get rid of non-chrome Bowman all together. Deal?

Okay, I have no idea if Justin Huber is the first Australian Royal. And he’s not even a Royal anymore. Or a Padre. Or a Twin. Or even a Carp. He’s playing for the independent Atlantic League now. An amateur signed outright by the Mets in 2000, he worked his way through the minors as a slugger (hitting 20+ homers in a few minor league seasons), he never hit for power in his majors stints. Cruelly coincidental (but not ironically, since everyone uses the word ironic incorrectly), he was involved in the trade that sent surprise super slugger Jose Bautista to the Mets in the multi-player deal that eventually landed Bautista in Toronto. Oh, how the fates conspire against Australians. I hope to put together the base Bowman auto rainbow of Huber now that his cards are affordable (he was once pretty highly regarded). There’s an orange and a white and probably a gold left- anyone know more about 2008 Bowman base? Didn’t think so. I’ve already got the Mike Aviles from one of my first ever Royals On-Card Collection purchases. I may have others from this set too but I’m too lazy to search our own site (or the relatively small stack of Royals autos on my desk) for it and I refuse to let anyone make me feel guilty for it.

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