Signature Sleuth

A relatively new Twitter account which I’ve been following is Signature Sleuth (@SignatureSleuth). He’s kind of crazy and buys big lots of autographed baseballs. He then often posts photos of them on Twitter as both contests to guess who the player is or to figure things out if he’s unable to do so.

I don’t like the guess-the-player ones but when he posts team balls those turn into fun little puzzles. After a team ball is solved he sends a random autograph to one lucky participant, one of which ended up being me.

So my plain white envelope arrived earlier this week. Inside was this Jacob Cruz autograph which is exactly the kind of autograph I was expecting. There are so many “junk” autographs out there in the hobby now which have no appeal to anyone except a hard-core team collector. As such a collector though this is the kind of thing I enjoy.

Cruz never really lived up to the hype as a player but he was a guy I saw come through Sunken Diamond when he played for Arizona state. Always fun to see guys I watched in college make it to the show, especially when it’s for my team.

Thanks for the card and keep the team balls coming!

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at njwv.wordpress.com, and the web at vossbrink.net

3 thoughts on “Signature Sleuth”

  1. Yeah, it’s an interesting question as to what an auto of a nobody is worth. I’ll probably play a dollar for a Mets auto even if it’s someone really obscure. I actually bought a 1/1 on eBay of a Mets farmhand for $5…on the one hand, it’s weird to pay that much for a card of a guy who never got above A ball (and is no longer playing, so it’s not like there’s a chance he’ll be a star down the line)…but it might be the only 1/1 autograph I ever own, you know?

  2. I remember the name back in the day… and have definitely seen a few copies of this cards at card shows over the years. Couldn’t tell you much about him though.

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