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Autograph collection additions: Wilfredo Tovar, Anderson Hernandez, Steve Holm and John Rutherford

Last week, I added five new signed baseball cards to my autograph collection.

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First up, we have a Venezuelan baseball card of New York Mets infielder Wilfredo Tovar that I found on eBay. Aside from learning that Falcon and C27S (ColeccioneS 27) is a manufacturer of baseball and soccer cards in Venezuela, I haven’t been able to find out anything about it.

Tovar, 23, is an infielder who received late September call ups from the Mets in each of the last two seasons when injuries created late-season depth issues. He’s been in nine major league games even though he has not played above the Double-A level in the minor leagues. (In case you’re wondering, Tovar did appear on a two-player Topps Heritage rookie card this year, but the Venezuelan card may have been his first appearance on cardboard in a non-digitally altered Mets uniform.)

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Through-the-mail autograph: Steve Holm

Steve Holm
Steve Holm

Steve Holm, a 28-year-old rookie catcher with the San Francisco Giants, made the best of his limited opportunities in 2008. He batted .262 with a home run and six RBIs in 84 at-bats over 49 games. 

He’s certainly not the next Mike Piazza, and he’s not even the next Mike Lieberthal… but he is nice enough to sign autographs through the mail, as this signed 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter card attests.