Thursday, February 5, 2009
1992 Fleer, Kenny Lofton
#655 Kenny Lofton
Here is another card that I got signed through the mail back in the day. If it wasn't for this card, I would have forgotten that Lofton ever played for the Astros. I remember him playing the first half of his career in Cleveland (with one year in Atlanta) and then bouncing around to different teams every year in the second have of his career. He played for eleven teams in his 17-year career. The Indians were the only team he ever played with for more than one season and he played for them in three different stints.
This was the first baseball player's autograph that I had ever recieved that wasn't signed in blue or black (I had a footbal card signed in silver and a basketball card signed in gold). This was the only red autograph that I had until Rod sent me a few more.
Kenny has a pretty slopping signature. Usually, I don't care for these, but I have always liked this one. This was the first one that I had ever received that made me say "wow, look at that". It was so simple. Within a few days, I had the Kenny Lofton signature down to where I could have reproduced it without even looking at it. I don't know why I did that, but I did.
When I was playing ball in college, there were guys on my team that would practice signing their names all nice and neat. When they saw my signature, they told me mine was bush league. I told that that they have obviosly never seen Kenny Lofton's. I think that I may have started signing my last name the way that I do after I got this card. Kenny was a bad influence on me.
I just noticed this. Lofton's signed last name looks like the "A" that starts Steve Avery's last name.