In 1995, Ben Davis was on fire. He was proclaimed as the best defensive catcher and best high school position prospect in the 1995 draft. With all that hype and hoopla surrounding him, the Padres drafted Davis with the #2 overall pick. He made it to the Majors in 1999, replacing Carlos Hernandez from the World Series team. The Padres were rebuilding in 1999, and Ben Davis was one of the centerpieces of the new youth movement.
Unfortunately, he never lived up to the hype. However, he was involved in one of the best moments in the Padres-Diamondbacks rivalry. In 2001, Arizona pitcher Curt Schilling was pitching a perfect game against the Padres in the 8th inning. So what does Big Ben do? He lays down a sweet bunt to reach base and break up the perfecto. For some reason the Diamondbacks were pretty livid about that. Something about breaking an “unwritten rule”. A lot of name calling ensued. Tempers flared and feelings may or may not have been hurt.
In any case, the 1999 SP Signature Edition is one of Ben Davis’ few autographed cards. There is a “Gold” autographed version of this card, and that is serialized to 50.