Saturday, February 13, 2010

1989 Score, Steve Balboni



#353 Steve Balboni

Here is the second and final Steve Balboni card that I got signed at Fanfest. The reason why I only got two autographs, and not three or more like most of the '85 Royals in Steve's line, is because I had a little bit of help in this line for Fanfest.

While I was waiting around in the golden ticket line, I started talking to the guy next to me. He was from Springdale, Arkansas, and has only been a Royals fan since the Royals AA team moved to his home town. While waiting around in that line, I had Springdale (yes, I saw Zombieland last week) hold my spot while I went around to check out some other things. One of the other things that I discovered was which line George Brett was going to be in for the next autograph session. After that, I went back to my spot in line and passed that bit of information to him and my dad. My dad went and grabbed a spot in the George Brett line. Shortly afterwards, Springdale's wife showed up and he asked if it was alright if his wife went and stood with my dad in line for George. I said that that was fine.

After we got our stuff signed by Cone and Grienke, we got in line with my dad and Springdale's wife. While in line, names started trickling in for who was going to be singing with George. Turns out that Springdale had never heard of any of them. He asked me if there was anyone else up there that was any good. I told him Steve Balboni (since he is the single season home run champ in KC) and Bud Black (since he is the manager of the Padres). Based on my bit of info, he decided that the only autographs that he wanted from the line was Steve Balboni and George Brett. So, I asked if he would get a few cards signed for me from the other guys (Motley, Farr, Black, and Beckwith) and he was more than happy to do so. So, thank you, Springdale!

This is my third signed Balboni card and all three feature a different team. This one has him as a Mariner and you can see him as a Yankee here and a Royal here.

1 comment:

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Zach, cool story and even better since my grandma is from Springdale and I made it to a Naturals game last season.