I’ve mentioned it here before that we’ve got a new local show (local = a mere 30 miles away) and I’ve been supporting it by being a bit more free-spending than I normally would. One dealer had a table full of autographed cards that I had fun going through even though I’m not much of an autograph collector… but you get me in the right mood and I’m up for digging through $1 and $2 autographs.
And I’ll point out up front that I think that at least one card I’m sharing today will be considered “fun” by many baseball fans, not just me and my close personal friends.
First up is a 2014 Bowman Chrome Propspects Johnny Field; I semi-collect Johnny Field just because I like his name. It sounds like the name associated with a Marx Toys product from the 1960’s and 1970’s… The Johnny Field Baseball Playset! Contains 300 Pieces!
Johnny Field was in the Cubs organization in 2019, I don’t know if he has a contract for 2020.
BTW, almost all of these cards are Chrome and/or otherwise shiny.
Hunter Harvey is the son of former MLB reliever Bryan Harvey and was the Orioles 1st round draft pick in 2013. Six years later he made his debut with the O’s this past season. This card is from 2014 Bowman Sterling.
After the 2014 season Harvey was ranked among the Top 100 prospects out of all the Major League teams. He made his MLB Debut with the Orioles this past season, going 1-0, 1.42 over 7 relief appearances… which is probably one of the better performances of an Orioles pitcher, even if it is a small sample size.
Mets catching prospect Patrick Mazeika was never a top-ranked prospect, but I’ve seen him play for AA Binghamton a couple of times which is why this card appealed to me. This is the perfect photo for an unlicensed card, but Leaf kind of ruins it with a fairly ugly design on this 2017 Valiant Draft card.
Seth Lugo has the advantage of having been in bigs with the Mets for several seasons, plus he’s a player I like and appreciate. Working entirely out of the bullpen for the first time in 2019, he had a 2.70 ERA and a 0.900 WHIP. You don’t hear a lot about him, but he’s an important part of the Mets bullpen.
I kind of regret buying this card. I like Tomas Nido (another Mets catcher), but man, this is not a good-looking card… and not just because it’s unlicensed. Oh, I guess I should mention it’s a 2018 Panini Chronicles Phoenix Signatures card.
If I don’t like it, why am I sharing it here? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure.
OK, this last card, from 2007 Just Rookies, is my favorite of the whole bunch for multiple reasons. First off, it’s an autograph of 2-time All-Star, World Champion and all-around swell guy, Sean Doolittle.
Second, it shows him clean-shaven and in his University of Virginia uniform (along with one of his UVa teammates).
Third, it lists him as a first baseman (which is how he was drafted by the A’s in 2007, but he played both ways in college).
Fourth, and we’re getting juvenile here, the “Just Rookies” logo is partially blocked by Doolittle’s helmet, and part of the “R” in “Rookies” blends into the background, so if you squint a little bit it looks like the brand of cards is “Just Poo”.
And now it’s audience participation time… What kind of autographs do you like to get which might not get other collectors excited?