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Featured autographs: Sean Gilmartin & Tommy Kahnle

The holiday season always seems to be the time for some baseball players to catch up with their fan mail. (As someone who was still sending out Christmas cards this week, that never fails to amaze me.)

Signed Sean Gilmartin 2014 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball card from my collection
Signed Sean Gilmartin 2014 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball card from my collection

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Updating my Mets autograph collection project


Monday’s mail brought an envelope with eight cool Mets* baseball cards courtesy of my friend Greg.¬†Well, seven Mets and one Minnesota Twin. But that’s ok… the Twins player was left-handed pitcher Sean Gilmartin, currently a member of the Mets’ bullpen. And I needed his autograph for my All-Time Mets autograph collection.

The All-Star Break seemed like a good time to update my progress. According to the wonderful Ultimate Mets Database, 15 players have made their Mets debut in 2015:

  • Michael Cuddyer (April 6)
  • John Mayberry Jr. (April 6)
  • Jerry Blevins (April 6)
  • Alex Torres (April 9)
  • Sean Gilmartin (April 10)
  • Danny Muno (April 17)
  • Kevin Plawecki (April 21)
  • Hansel Robles (April 24)
  • Jack Leathersich (April 29)
  • Johnny Monell (May 9)
  • Noah Syndergaard (May 12)
  • Darrell Ceciliani (May 19)
  • Akeel Morris (June 17)
  • Logan Verrett (June 18)
  • Steven Matz (June 28)

(Interesting bit of trivia: the next player to make his Mets’ debut will be the 1000th to appear in a game for the franchise.)

In addition to the Gilmartin card I got Monday, I’ve recently acquired a signed Steven Matz baseball card and a number of Noah Syndergaard ones. I already had signed baseball cards for Michael Cuddyer and Jack Leathersich, and I believe I’ve gotten Danny Muno, Kevin Plawecki, Hansel Robles and Darrell Ceciliani to sign cards for me while they were playing in the minor leagues.

At worst, I am 91 signed baseball cards away from completing my project. It’s likely an unobtainable goal, but then again, I never thought I’d get this far when I started.