Redsfest 2011: Tom Browning
My sons and I attended the 2011 Redsfest on Saturday, December 3. This was my fourth year going with my oldest son, and the first year for my youngest son. I was very tired from the Guns N’ Roses concert the night before, but I had a great time as always. Over the next few days, I’ll be showing off the goodies that we got signed, starting with Tom Browning…
The doors opened a few minutes before 11 a.m., and the first autograph session was scheduled to begin at noon. We chose “Mr. Perfect” as our first target of the day. This was not Derek’s first time meeting a player…he’s had the chance to get autographs from Chris Sabo, Jay Bruce, Ryan Hanigan, and his favorite, Joey Votto, in the past.
Both boys put their cards up on the table and said thank you after receiving Browning’s signature. I don’t know if the players actually pay attention whether fans say thank you or not, but I believe it’s important for my boys to be polite. We’re not selling these items; they are for our personal collection and enjoyment.
Both of the kids chose Browning’s 1987 Topps card. I’ve scanned only one of them to display here…
As for me, I chose his 1985 Donruss card. I’m trying to get as many of the 1985 Donruss set autographed as I can, but it is a long process. So far I have Browning, Nick Esasky, Brad Gulden, Jeff Russell, Skeeter Barnes, and Frank Pastore.
Coming tomorrow, the only current Reds player we approached on Saturday.