Astros Authenticator Has Hand in Everything

Mike Acosta isn’t old enough to remember when they were called the Houston Colt .45s, but he knows plenty about that era of Houston baseball history.  The Astros’ Authentication Manager wears a lot of hats in his job.

He handles everything from making sure the team’s bobblehead giveaways look like the players they’re supposed to honor to authenticating game-used memorabilia.

It’s a dream job–especially for a guy who grew up as a huge Astros fan.

Ken Hoffman profiles Acosta’s work in a column he wrote for the Houston Chronicle this week.  He also did a Q&A about authenticating game used items with Bleacher Report a few months ago.