Mail Day: 3/27/12

Posted: March 27, 2012 by Crackin' Wax in autographs, Mail Day, Minnesota Twins, Topps

Mail Day
One More Twins RC AU From The ‘bay
(…so what if it actually got here yesterday?…)

When I decided to focus my collecting habits and narrow my spending and trading down to only autographed Twins rookie cards, I may have left the scope too wide still. Should I only collect TRUE rookie cards, or do I only go after autographed cards produced in the same year in which a player actually made his official MLB debut? Not only that, but if a player has multiple rookie cards from multiple sets within the same year, which card is the real get? For those with a keen eye locked in on my corner of the blogowebs, I seem to have inadvertently stayed true to a completely different style of collecting–at least this year, anyway. Here are the parameters which, at first glance, seem overly complicated and perhaps a touch convoluted.

1. NO MATTER WHAT the featured player must be in a Twins uniform (photoshopped airbrushing is allowed)
2. NO MATTER WHAT the featured player must be the ONLY player featured on the card
3. NO MATTER WHAT the card MUST be autographed by that featured player
4. FOR CURRENT ROSTER TWINS the card must have been produced in the year which he made his official MLB debut (actual rookie season)
5. FOR PROSPECTS only “true rookie cards” i.e. the first autographed card produced of that player
6. FOR FORMER TWINS only their most sought after autographed rookie card will do

Sure, I’ve only purchased and traded for a short stack of cards so far in 2012, but this formula has remained fairly consistent. I wonder how long it will take me to break my own rules? I’m such a rebel.

Now, onto the most recent purchase.

Alex Burnett 2010 Topps Chrome RC AU

Burnett fits into the category of Current Roster Twins, so an autographed card of him from his rookie season just made sense. The righty proved to be a fairly effective pitcher on the farm, but his stint in the Majors has not fared so well. Converted to a reliever, he has posted a 5+ ERA for each of his two MLB seasons. Bullpen arms are given a little slack in the ERA department, but an ERA above 5 for any pitcher is never a great thing. Fortunately for Burnett, though, the Twins are so thin in the ‘pen that, barring a Fort Myers miracle (chortle snicker guffaw), his slot with the club is all but secure for 2012.

PRICE: $0.99

An autographed rookie card of a current member of the Twins has been a bit of a rare purchase for me so far this year. Being of a little regarded ‘pen hand justifies the great low price. Not a card I’d miss if I lost it, but still more valuable than a card of a guy perpetually floundering in AA.

I am always looking for just about any Twins RC AUs (rookie card autographs). If you have any that you’re willing to give up, PLEASE let me know! Thanks!

A clue! A clue!

  1. Nathan says:

    Guys got a nice signature. If I ever run across some twins autos I will send them your way…but I never pulled one.

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