I got the one that was difficult, not because of availability, but because of price.... a Kris Bryant autographed card.
There are plenty of his certified autographs out there, but they run from $100 on up. I run away from that.
So I went the budget route, which means the unlicensed route.
Here's what I picked up:
It doesn't look too bad because his are is covering up most of the Cubs chest logo. With his head turned side-ways, not much of the helmet's C is missing either.
If the prices on his card ever come down to more reasonable prices, I may upgrade to a licensed card. For now, this will be just fine.
By my unofficial count, this makes the 114th different Cubs player to have a certified autograph card issued in a year he played for the Cubs and lists him as a Cub.
In Topps 2016 there's an autographed card for Jason Hammel, so I'll have to grab one. I also suspect that Jason Heyward will have a certified card in a set or two this year.
Here are the 114 Cubs that are in my certified autograph collection:
|Terry Adams||Leo Gomez||Corey Patterson|
|Arismendy Alcantara||Tom Gorzelanny||David Patton|
|Moises Alou||Kevin Gregg||Carlos Pena|
|Javier Baez||Angel Guzman||Billy Petrick|
|Darwin Barney||Brendan Harris||Felix Pie|
|Francis Beltran||Kevin Hart||Lou Piniella|
|Milton Bradley||Jose Hernandez||Mark Prior|
|Roosevelt Brown||Bobby Hill||Aramis Ramirez|
|Kris Bryant||Rich Hill||Anthony Rizzo|
|Scott Bullett||Micah Hoffpauir||Henry Rodriguez|
|Freddie Bynum||Cesar Izturis||Henry Rodriguez|
|Marlon Byrd||Brett Jackson||Chris Rusin|
|Andrew Cashner||Reed Johnson||Addison Russell|
|Larry Cassian||Jacque Jones||Jeff Samardzija|
|Frank Castillo||Matt Karchner||Rey Sanchez|
|Welington Castillo||David Kelton||Ryne Sandberg|
|Starlin Castro||Brooks Kieschnick||Kyle Schwarber|
|Ronny Cedeno||Bryan LaHair||Scott Servais|
|Rocky Cherry||Junior Lake||Jorge Soler|
|Matt Clement||Derrek Lee||Alfonso Soriano|
|Steve Clevenger||Jon Lester||Sammy Sosa|
|Buck Coats||Cole Liniak||Geovany Soto|
|Tyler Colvin||Greg Maddux||Steve Smyth|
|Juan Cruz||Dave Magadan||Matt Szczur|
|Blake DeWitt||Carlos Marmol||Ryan Theriot|
|Rafael Dolis||Sean Marshall||Ozzie Timmons|
|Scott Downs||Scott Moore||Steve Trachsel|
|Jason Dubuois||Matt Murton||Jermaine Van Buren|
|Kyle Farnsworth||Rod Myers||Todd Walker|
|Mike Fontenot||Roberto Novoa||Todd Wellemeyer|
|Kevin Foster||Will Ohman||Randy Wells|
|Dexter Fowler||Augie Ojeda||Turk Wendell|
|Kyuji Fujikawa||Mike Olt||Jerome Williams|
|Kosuke Fukudome||Ryan O'Malley||Kerry Wood|
|Sam Fuld||Kevin Orie||Travis Wood|
|Sean Gallagher||Angel Pagan||Michael Wuertz|
|Nomar Garciaparra||Bob Patterson||Carlos Zambrano|
|Matt Garza||Eric Patterson||Julio Zuleta|