# Friday, 20 February 2009
This will be the first of a series of Top Ten lists I will be posting.  The subject of these top ten lists could range from autographs to rankings of the best White Sox players all time. 

Today I'll be ranking my ten favorite signed cards.  This isn't a list of the ten most valuable, just the ten that bring me the most joy.  I may like the aesthetics of the autograph, it may bring back fond memories, it could be a favorite for any number of reasons.  I am going to limit each player to one card on the list, so it isn't dominated by 3 or 4 of my favorite players.  Let's get right to it!

#10 - Joe Crede 2004 Studio Private Signings Silver - Joe Crede is one of my favorite Sox players, even if he isn't my favorite Sox third baseman.  This card is very cool, showing Joe when he was just a clean cut kid looking to establish himself.  The signature is also very nice, about as good as it gets from Joe, who can produce some of the ugliest signatures I've ever seen.  This one makes it on the list due to a combination of aesthetics, and being my favorite auto from one of my favorite players.




















#9 - Norberto Martin 1994 Sportflics - The scan doesn't do this autograph justice.  It is one of the coolest autographs I've ever seen.  Norberto already has a beautiful signature, and it just POPS off of this card.  Plus, who doesn't love Paco Martin?




















#8 -
Ozzie Guillen 2005 Topps Rookie Cup - Ozzie is the man, even if he was the worst hitter I've ever seen that had a career as long as he did.  I'll admit, I didn't have much love for him as a player, but he has won me over as a manager.  Not only did he lead the Sox to their first World Championship in 88 years, but he has been refreshingly honest with the media, just about the only big league manager to do so.  Also, he has the most even take on the whole "steroid controversy" of any big leaguer I've heard from on the subject.  Besides, this card looks awesome!




















#7 -
John Danks 2007 Exquisite Collection Signatures Rookie Biography Autographs Gold - I've been a John Danks fan from the start of his Sox career.  I've been picking up certified autos of his for the last couple of years.  This set is probably my favorite autograph set ever produced.  They have an attractive design, with good photography, and have an especially limited print run.  This particular one is #13/15.  The Frank Thomas in this set is also fantastic, as you can see here.




















#6 -
Steve Sax 1992 Triple Play Gallery of Stars - Steve Sax was my favorite player growing up, as my mother was a big Dodgers fan who loved her "Sexy Saxy".  I was ecstatic when the Sox acquired him, and very dissapointed when his Sox career tanked.  But I still love the guy, and I especially love this autographed card.




















#5 - Alex Fernandez 1992 Topps Micro
- This card is TINY.  That is pretty much the sole reason it is on the list.  When I handed this card to Alex for him to sign it, he looked at me like I was an idiot.  He actually hesitated like he wouldn't sign it, then he held it up really close to his face and scribbled a tiny autograph.  I'll never forget it.















#4 - Joe Borchard 2001 UD Prospect Premieres
- Joe Borchard was the first White Sox prospect that I truly became invested in.  The combination of astounding potential and being about the nicest guy on the planet was too much to resist.  He even replied to one of my mail autograph requests with a very nice letter telling me that, whether I send 1 item or 100 items, he'd be happy to sign them all. 

I bought one box of 2001 UD PP, and, unbelievably, the auto I received was Borchard's.  At the time it was the most valuable autograph in the set, and the only one I truly wanted.  I really felt at that time that I was destined to be a Joe Borchard fan.




















#3 -
Robin Ventura 1993 Donruss Diamond Kings - My favorite autograph from my second favorite player.  Robin was one of the few visiting players that would exit Angel Stadium through Gate 2 after games.  Most either exited through Gate 1, or boarded the team bus directly in the fenced off players lot behind the stadium.  Robin, however, always exited through Gate 2, where he had an army of friends and family waiting for him.  This card was signed in those days, and remains one of my all-time favorites.




















#2 - Matt Merullo 1990 Upper Deck
- You are probably thinking to yourself, "Matt Merullo?"  Yes, this one time third string White Sox catcher is #2, and closer to being #1 than #3.  It was the first autograph that I ever got at a baseball game.  Pretty fitting that it was a White Sox player, right?  At the time I wasn't even a Sox fan, so it seems that it was in the stars all along for me to end up rooting for the ChiSox.




















#1 - Frank Thomas 1990 Topps
- It should come as no surprise that Frank occupies the number one spot of this top ten list.  He is my favorite player of all time, which isn't a very original concept for a Sox fan.  This was the first autograph I ever received from the Big Hurt.  It was at a small baseball card show in Anaheim, California in the early 90's.  He used an Ultra Fine tip sharpie, which I didn't realize at the time wasn't really a good thing.  Luckily, the autograph turned out nicely.  To this day, it is my favorite, and it will likely never relinquish that distinction.