Friday, March 18, 2016

Arrieta Auto

I suppose that since the guy had one of the most dominant half-seasons and won the Cy Young Award I should have his autograph in my collection.

Its unlicensed but it is certified. Right now that is good enough for me.  I'm surprised that Topps hasn't put out anything with Arrieta's autograph this year.

Does anyone have any idea what the signature is supposed to say?  I think I see a J in the front, a capital A towards the middle, and a T at the end.  But is that just "Jake Arrieta" or is it more?  Anyone got a guess??
By my counting, Arrieta is the 117th Cub player to have a certified autograph from a year that the player played for the Cubs and the card shows the player as a Cub.

Here's the list:

Terry AdamsLeo GomezEric Patterson
Arismendy Alcantara  Tom GorzelannyCorey Patterson
Moises AlouKevin GreggDavid Patton
Jake ArrietaAngel GuzmanCarlos Pena
Javier BaezJason HammelBilly Petrick
Darwin BarneyTodd HaneyFelix Pie
Francis BeltranBrendan HarrisLou Piniella
Milton BradleyKevin HartMark Prior
Roosevelt BrownJose HernandezAramis Ramirez
Kris BryantBobby HillAnthony Rizzo
Scott BullettRich HillHenry Rodriguez
Freddie BynumMicah HoffpauirHenry Rodriguez
Marlon ByrdCesar IzturisChris Rusin
Andrew CashnerBrett JacksonAddison Russell
Larry CassianReed JohnsonJeff Samardzija
Frank CastilloJacque JonesRey Sanchez
Welington CastilloMatt KarchnerRyne Sandberg
Starlin CastroDavid KeltonKyle Schwarber
Ronny CedenoBrooks Kieschnick  Scott Servais
Rocky CherryBryan LaHairJorge Soler
Matt ClementJunior LakeAlfonso Soriano
Steve ClevengerDerrek LeeSammy Sosa
Buck CoatsJon LesterGeovany Soto
Tyler ColvinCole LiniakSteve Smyth
Juan CruzGreg MadduxMatt Szczur
Blake DeWittDave MagadanRyan Theriot
Rafael DolisCarlos MarmolOzzie Timmons
Scott DownsSean MarshallSteve Trachsel
Jason DubuoisScott MooreJermaine Van Buren
Kyle FarnsworthMatt MurtonTodd Walker
Mike FontenotRod MyersTodd Wellemeyer
Kevin FosterRoberto NovoaRandy Wells
Dexter FowlerWill OhmanTurk Wendell
Kyuji FujikawaAugie OjedaJerome Williams
Kosuke FukudomeMike OltKerry Wood
Sam FuldRyan O'MalleyTravis Wood
Sean GallagherKevin OrieMichael Wuertz
Nomar Garciaparra Angel PaganCarlos Zambrano
Matt GarzaBob PattersonJulio Zuleta


  1. His middle name is Joseph so Jacob J Arrieta would be my guess. My middle initial is part of my "real" signature when I'm not just scribbling on the credit card machine at the grocery store.

    Although not particularly legible, he's got one of the nicer looking (fuller?) signatures among today's players.

    1. Good point. The guy's a true professional.

  2. Makes sense.. I see all of that now