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Autographs at the 2013 Red Sox Wives Cash & Can Drive

The annual Red Sox Wives Cash & Cash Drive benefiting the Greater Boston Food Bank is a collector-friendly event I look forward to each season. For each $10 or ten canned goods you donate you can choose an autographed photo from a Red Sox player. My hometown team consistently employs a roster of tough signers so it’s a great opportunity to add a few difficult signatures to your collection—all while supporting a great cause.

I last attended the drive in 2011 (I skipped last year’s following the birth of my son) with lukewarm results so I was intent on learning from my mistakes and improving my results. Since they’ve abandoned the “go fish” format of putting photos face down—which I encountered in 2010—it was just a matter of arriving early and finding a table with stacks of stars. I spotted a setup by the Ted Williams statue in a low-traffic area and staked it out. The wives who were slated to man the booth were running late and I grew anxious as I had a train to catch. I spotted a fellow collector who gave me a tip that the table at Gate E was up and running and well-stocked. Taking my chances I headed for Lansdowne Street. Check out the video and let me know how you think I did.

The selection at the table was vastly improved over years past:

  • Jon LesterDustin Pedroia autographed photo
  • Andrew Miller
  • Andrew Bailey
  • Craig Breslow
  • Mike Napoli
  • Daniel Nava
  • Mike Carp
  • Stephen Drew
  • Dustin Pedroia
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia
  • Felix Doubront
  • Jonny Gomes
  • Junichi Tazawa
  • Koji Uehara
  • Ryan Lavarnway
  • Shane Victorino

I donated the maximum of $40, giving me four choices. As you can see in the video I decided upon Pedroia, Lester (first of my collection), Victorino (also a first) and Doubront.

If you’re in the Boston area the Cash & Can Drive continues on Thursday, July 25 outside Fenway Park.

Which autographed photos would you have selected?

About the author: is the founder of Autograph University. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons. Connect with him on Twitter at @mattraymond.

1 comment… add one

  • Doug July 30, 2013, 10:36 pm

    You got who I would have pulled. Victorino is my only maybe but that’s because I’m getting tired of him pulling a hammy every time he blinks. I woul have debated Nava since my returns TTM from Providence the last couple years have turned a whopping 0% return. I would say pulling Gomes, Tazawa and Uehara would have been a waste to grab because all three are GREAT TTM. Uehara is probably my fastest return out of the three. I recently got back an 8×12 of Gomes’ Boston Strong cover in about two weeks. He’s been a great signer since his days with the Reds.

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