Friday, October 26, 2012

Collection: Paul Konerko 1996 Best Autographed Card

Paul Konerko has gone on to have a great career.  He started out as a Dodgers 1st round draft pick (13th overall) in 1994, and rose through the system as a power hitter.  In 1997 he had his first crack at the Dodger lineup and got his first Major League hit in 8 plate appearances.  Then, the following year he was on the Opening Day roster and played first base, but was soon supplanted by Eric Karros when he returned to the lineup.  Unfortunately, his short stint in 1998 was unremarkable, so the Dodgers traded him away to the Reds for closer Jeff Shaw.  From there he moved to Chicago, and finally made a home for himself.  Over a 14 year career with the White Sox he has racked up 415 home runs while batting .285.  Go here for his career stats.

Featured in this post is a 1996 Best Minor League autographed card of Paul Konerko in a San Bernardino Spirit uniform.  As you can see, he did a little bit of catching.  This card is very inexpensive and can be purchased for a song & a dance.  If I remember correctly, I picked this up at the last National Sports Collectors Convention in Anaheim for just a buck.  A buck!  What a deal.

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