Twin Benji Sampson Signed For His Mom!

Autograph baseballs
with a Sharpie? Eeek!

One of my 1990s collecting highlights came at the last minute.

I decided to go to a card show in Des Moines. I saw that Benji Sampson, then a Twins pitching hopeful, would be signing for free.

Yikes! I had no cards of him. Would any dealer sell at a decent price, or would they overhype and ransom his “rookie” cards?

Weeks before, I saw a nice feature about him in the Des Moines Register. I kept the paper. I grabbed it out the door.

In the autograph line, I presented the paper and my self-addressed, stamped envelope.

“This (paper) is for your Mom. I’m sure she’s proud of you, and didn’t have enough copies for all the relatives. If you — or she — has one of those great Twins team-issued photos of you that you could send me, I’d really appreciate it. Just use my envelope.”

He nodded and smiled, putting my “gift” aside.

Less than a week later, there was my SASE filled with a signed Sampson photo. Never underestimate the power of a mother!

Tomorrow: hear from Joel Thingvall, a Twins autograph-collecting superstar!

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