This was an unexpected pickup.
The Cubs first pick in the 2018 draft, Nico Hoerner, spent the season in AA, and was out with a broken wrist for a good chunk of the season. He was set to play in the Arizona fall league. Then fate took over.
WIthin a short span, the Cubs lost their top two shortstops. Javier Baez broke this thumb and Addison Russell got plunked in the head. Management decided to roll the dice and instead of spending the fall in the desert, Nico Hoerner is spending the fall in the show.
He got off to a very good start and had been pretty good at keeping it up.
After his first game with the Cubs I checked to see if he had an autograph card this year. If he did, that would make him a rule follower for me.
He does have a few autographs. They are with the prospect-type sets. I don't think anyone thought he'd be in Chicago in 2019
However, good start + rookie autographs = rising, ridiculous prices.
I got in early after his call-up and was able to pick up an autograph at a fairly reasonable price.
By my counting, Hoerner is the 139th Cub to have a certified autograph that shows him as a Cub in a season he played for the Cubs.
Here's my list of all of them...
|Terry Adams||Matt Garza||Angel Pagan|
|Arismendy Alcantara ||Leo Gomez||Bob Patterson|
|Albert Almora||Tom Gorzelanny||Eric Patterson|
|Moises Alou||Kevin Gregg||Corey Patterson|
|Jake Arrieta||Angel Guzman||David Patton|
|Javier Baez||Jason Hammel||Carlos Pena|
|Darwin Barney||Todd Haney||Billy Petrick|
|Francis Beltran||Ian Happ||Felix Pie|
|David Bote||Brendan Harris||Lou Piniella|
|Milton Bradley||Kevin Hart||Mark Prior|
|Roosevelt Brown||Jose Hernandez||Brooks Raley|
|Kris Bryant||Jason Heyward||Aramis Ramirez|
|Scott Bullett||Bobby Hill||Anthony Rizzo|
|Freddie Bynum||Rich Hill||Henry Rodriguez|
|Marlon Byrd||Nico Hoerner||Henry Rodriguez|
|Jeimer Candelario||Micah Hoffpauir||Chris Rusin|
|Victor Caratini||Cesar Izturis||Addison Russell|
|Andrew Cashner||Brett Jackson||Jeff Samardzija|
|Larry Cassian||Reed Johnson||Rey Sanchez|
|Frank Castillo||Jacque Jones||Ryne Sandberg|
|Welington Castillo||Matt Karchner||Kyle Schwarber|
|Starlin Castro||David Kelton||Scott Servais|
|Ronny Cedeno||Brooks Kieschnick ||Jorge Soler|
|Rocky Cherry||Bryan LaHair||Alfonso Soriano|
|Matt Clement||Tommy LaStella||Sammy Sosa|
|Steve Clevenger||Junior Lake||Geovany Soto|
|Buck Coats||Derrek Lee||Steve Smyth|
|Tyler Colvin||Jon Leiber||Matt Szczur|
|Willson Contreras||Jon Lester||Ryan Theriot|
|Juan Cruz||Cole Liniak||Ozzie Timmons|
|Yu Darvish||Greg Maddux||Steve Trachsel|
|Wade Davis||Dave Magadan||Duane Underwood|
|Blake DeWitt||Dillon Maples||Jermaine Van Buren|
|Rafael Dolis||Carlos Marmol||Josh Vitters|
|Scott Downs||Sean Marshall||Todd Walker|
|Jason Dubuois||Scott Moore||Todd Wellemeyer|
|Carl Edwards||Matt Murton||Randy Wells|
|Kyle Farnsworth||Rod Myers||Turk Wendell|
|Mike Fontenot||Thomas Neal||Jerome Williams|
|Kevin Foster||Roberto Novoa||Kerry Wood|
|Dexter Fowler||James Norwood||Travis Wood|
|Kyuji Fujikawa||Will Ohman||Michael Wuertz|
|Kosuke Fukudome||Augie Ojeda||Carlos Zambrano|
|Sam Fuld||Mike Olt||Rob Zastryzny|
|Sean Gallagher||Ryan O'Malley||Ben Zobrist|
|Nomar Garciaparra ||Kevin Orie||Julio Zuleta|