Thursday, December 17, 2009
2000 Bowman Mike Lockwood
Who is this? Mike Lockwood, a former minor league outfielder
What is this? An autograph card from the 2000 Bowman set.
Where'd I get it? I got the card signed at a Somerset Patriots game in 2007
How much did it cost? I acquired the card in a trade; the autograph was free
Why is this so special? To most of you, this card isn't very special. Lockwood never played in the majors -- he didn't even play in the Olympics. But he was absolutely amazing for the Somerset Patriots in 2007. We got a look at what he could do to Atlantic League pitching in 2006, but he only stayed for a little over a month before signing with a team in Taiwan.
In 2007, he hit 23 home runs and stole 22 bases while striking out just 42 times in 464 at bats. He also played great defense for a team that nearly won the Atlantic League championship. Lockwood started the 2008 season in Italy, but came back for the end of the Atlantic League season. As far as I know, he's retired from baseball.
Lockwood has a few versions of his autograph; this is the average one. You can see the nice one on this certified Bowman auto card. The sloppy one is little more than a squiggle.