Back when I was a sophomore at Sam Houston State University my suite-mate (Paul) asked if I wanted to go meet some Astros. I was a good ol' country boy and hardly ever had the chance to drive down to the city. Houston was nearly 200 miles south of me so it was rare that I had a chance to visit, much less attend games at the 'Dome. When he mentioned something called 'Astrofest' I was more than ready. I grabbed what few Astros cards I had at the time and me, Paul, and our friend Nena drove down to H-town from Huntsville on January 19, 1991.
I met Eric Yelding, Mark Portugal, Larry Dierker, and Carl Nichols that day. I took a picture of Eric Anthony but never got around to meeting him. All that for a $5.00 admission ticket. I have no idea what it costs today to go to the annual Fanfest, but I'm sure it's much more.
And that's the story of how I got my first signed card, a 1990 Topps Eric Yelding.