I collect Yankees and Braves, both teams of which I am a fan....but I also love baseball in general and have become intimately familiar with the vast sea of talent in the sport's minor league system. This has occurred for many reasons:
- I read other blogs
- I read hobby articles
- I see the insanely priced baseball cards of players who have never played in the majors and assume that somebody thinks they're REALLY good
- I also participate in a dynasty fantasy baseball league that deals with prospects and minor leaguers
Yes, prospects have become QUITE the beast to deal with in today's fast-moving and highly speculative collecting world. I don't dabble all that much in it but, here and there, I will pick up some cards or memorabilia for a young talent I take an interest in.
One such talent is the electrical young OF outfielder in the Twins organization, Byron Buxton. I believe he was recently the cover boy for Beckett? Anyways, I managed to draft Buxton onto my dynasty team last season. Did I know a lot about him? Nope. His name is cool. It sounds like a baseball name. He posts funny stuff on Twitter (@ryanspitch !) and he was a consensus "you have to draft this guy if you can" kind of guy for baseball prospect experts.
I'll go with that. So, here's my first Byron Buxton card:
Sparkly. What is this variation called? No, it isn't his most coveted card and it isn't graded and it isn't even a RC (I think?) and it isn't autographed or have a piece of his uniform...it's just a baseball card. I think it's pretty sharp looking, though and the fact that he's caught in a "duck face" pose makes me chuckle.
Here's the back:
There you go! "#1......no weakness......blazing speed......"
Again, this particular card isn't special to many folks, but I really like it and for a couple of "bucks", I am glad to have a card of "Buck" in my collection. As a fantasy manager - GO BUCK, GO!
Thanks for reading,