(Above) Average Joe

Whenever I see your smiling face
I have to smile myself
Because I love you

Your Smiling Face” – James Taylor

2002 Bowman Heritage #BHA-JM Joe Mauer (auto)

I luckily managed to find one of Joe’s rookie year autograph cards on The Bay at a price well below the normal going price there. Even though it was poorly categorized and hidden among all the other cards listed on eBay, when I stumbled upon it I recognized it for the card that it is. Welcome home, Rookie Joe!

Some more acquisitions below the break…

clockwise, from top left: 2016 Topps Triple Threads Gold #ARC-BP Byung-Ho Park [27/99] (auto); 2016 Topps Update Scouting Report #SRA-MK Max Kepler (auto); 2012 Topps Tier One #OR-BR Ben Revere [133/235] (auto); 2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Team Materials #UTM-JM Joe Mauer [50/50] (jersey); 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCAP-JP Jermaine Palacios (auto); 2008 Upper Deck UD Premier Stitchings parallel 1 #PSTI-DY Delmon Young [06/25] (manu-patch); 2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Sweet Swatch #TS-FMM Joe Mauer w/Fisk, McCann (triple jersey); 2007 Upper Deck SP Authentic By The Letter Rookie Signatures “O” #138 Alexi Casilla [18/75] (manu-patch/auto)

clockwise, from top left: 2016 Topps Update Scouting Report #SRA-ER Eddie Rosario (auto); 2016 Bowman Chrome Refractor #BCAR-BP Byung-Ho Park [153/499] (auto); 2007 Topps Updates & Highlights All-Star Stitches #AS-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2014 Bowman Platinum Prospects Refractor Blue #AP-SG Sean Gilmartin [196/199] (auto); 2012 Bowman Platinum Prospects Blue #AP-LM Levi Michael [093/199] (auto); 2011 Bowman Platinum Prospects Green Refractor #BPA-JB Joe Benson [080/399] (auto); 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractor #BCP283 Brian Dinkleman [094/500] (auto); 2002 Upper Deck Rookie Debut Solid Contact #SC-DM Doug Mientkiewicz (bat)

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