Featured autographs: Sean Gilmartin & Tommy Kahnle

The holiday season always seems to be the time for some baseball players to catch up with their fan mail. (As someone who was still sending out Christmas cards this week, that never fails to amaze me.)

Signed Sean Gilmartin 2014 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball card from my collection

Signed Sean Gilmartin 2014 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball card from my collection

On Tuesday, I received this card from Mets reliever Sean Gilmartin. I wrote to him back in February at the Mets’ spring training camp in Port St. Lucie (hence the Gwinnett Braves minor league card – if I get some copies of his 2015 Topps traded card, I’ll have to try again next February.)

Gilmartin was a solid contributor in the Mets’ bullpen when Terry Collins used him as a long reliever or spot starter… less so when Collins tried to make him into a lefty specialist. (Despite being a left-handed pitcher, Gilmartin does better against right-handed batters.)

Tommy Kahnle signed 2015 Topps baseball card from my collection

Tommy Kahnle signed 2015 Topps baseball card from my collection

Yesterday, I got back this card from Chicago White Sox pitcher Tommy Kahnle. I remember Kahnle as a Yankees’ farmhand pitching for the Trenton Thunder in 2012 and 2013 before getting selected in the Rule 5 draft prior to the 2014 season.

In two years with the Rockies, Kahnle, 26, put together some solid if unspectacular numbers out of the bullpen. Last month, Colorado traded him to the White Sox for a minor league pitcher.

I think it’s quite likely that these will be the final autographs I add to my collection in 2015. If I remember, I’ll share my final autographs by mail sucess rate info sometime next week.

About Paul

NY Mets enthusiast, toy collector, amateur gardener, Christian. I like to take pictures & write things.

Posted on December 24, 2015, in Autographs, Baseball, Baseball Cards and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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