Monday, December 14, 2015

Signatures for Soldiers

Some time ago I became aware of Signatures for Soldiers.   The goals of the group are rather simple.
  • Raise money to help disabled veterans in need
  • Increase awareness of the needs of disabled military veterans
  • Increase the participation of the general public in supporting disabled veterans
To do this they work with athletes, mostly baseball players, who sign cards for them to resell.  Sigs4Soldiers then donates the funds to Military Missions in Action.  The primary focus of MMIA is to provide home modification services to disabled veterans to allow them to live independently (services are not restricted to those injured in combat nor is it restricted to disabled veterans from the most recent combat conflicts). MMIA has assisted veterans from the current conflict back to WWII.

I wanted to help them out so I selected a few cards. 

Who doesn't like a Cub in uniform?  Well, probably a fair amount of people.  But I wanted one.
1994 Pinnacle - Jose Guzman
You can never have enough Expos.
1990 Upper Deck - Bill Sampen

I like that Sid Bream signs his cards with a scripture reference.
1991 Topps Stadium Club - Sid Bream
Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.I John 4:10 (NIRV)

1993 Topps - Sid Bream
When you look for me with all your heart, you will find me. - Jeremiah 29:13 (NIRV)

1989 Bowman - Sid Bream
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in. I will eat with that person, and they will eat with me. - Revelation 3:20 (NIRV)

I'm not at all familiar with Rob Ducey.  All I know is that he played in Japan for a while for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.  I had to have this card.

2013 BBM - Rob Ducey

These cards were either $2 or $3 each.  A fair price and the funds go to a good cause.  The process was rather straightforward.  I contacted Tim Virgilio, let him know which cards I was interested in, used Paypal to complete the transaction and in a few weeks (this was over Thanksgiving) the cards showed up in my mailbox.  In just over a year Tim has raised over $5,750 for MMIA.

Nick Diunte has a nice interview with Tim from earlier this year at his Baseball Happenings blog.

If you like autos, please consider picking some up from Sigs4Soldiers (facebook link - twitter feed) and helping out MMIA (facebook link).


  1. This is a rather novel and intriguing fundraising idea - I might just have to partake myself. Thanks for getting the word out.

  2. Pretty cool. When I'm looking for an autographed card, I'll stop at Signatures for Soldiers first. I'm impressed with how much they've raised already.