Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2004 Topps Total Brian Reith

Who is this? Brian Reith, a former pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds

What is this? An autograph card from the 2004 Topps Total set

Where'd I get it? I got the card signed in person at a Somerset Patriots game in 2007

How much did it cost? The card came out of a pack and the autograph was free.

Why is this so special? Brian Reith was originally drafted by the New York Yankees, but he came to the Reds in the Denny Neagle trade in 2000. Reith reached the majors in 2001, starting 8 games for the Reds. He was 0-7. He returned to the big leagues in 2003 as a reliever for the Reds.

In 2007, Reith found himself in independent baseball, pitching for the Somerset Patriots. He pitched well in seven starts, earning the chance for a bigger paycheck in Taiwan. He came back in 2008, beginning the season in the rotation but moving to the bullpen to become the closer later in the year.

Reith did well enough to earn a minor league contract from the Brewers, but he apparently was cut during spring training. The only stats listed for 2009 are from six games with Quintana Roo in the Mexican League.

Reith has a nice autograph, very legible for a quick at-the-ballpark signature.

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