Saturday, December 5, 2009

2009 Topps Manny Delcarmen

Who is this?
Manny Delcarmen, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox

What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Topps set, #173

Where'd I get it? I wrote to Delcarmen during spring training this year and asked him to sign it. He must be catching up on his fan mail, because I got it back today.

How much did it cost? The card came out of a pack, and postage was 84 cents.

Why is this so special? Manny Delcarmen is a bit of a rarity - a Boston native who was drafted by the Red Sox.

He made his major league debut in 2005, but he didn't become a significant part of the Red Sox bullpen until 2006. His best season was 2007, when he held opposing batters to a .183 average in 44 innings. He pitched in two World Series games that year, winning a ring.

Delcarmen is a rarity in another respect - he's a member of the Boston Red Sox who signs autographs through the mail. His autograph may not be the neatest, but I appreciate it when players take the time to sign for fans.

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