Wednesday, May 12, 2010
2003 Upper Deck Vintage Daryle Ward
Who is this? Former Houston Astros outfielder Daryle Ward
What is this? An autographed card from the 2003 Upper Deck Vintage set (I'm still trying to figure out how Topps' lawyers let this set go, but flipped over last year's O-Pee-Chee set)
Where'd I get it? Ward signed it for me before Sunday's game between the Newark Bears and York Revolution
How much did it cost? I got the card out of a pack back in 2003
Why is this so special? Ward spent parts of 11 season in the majors and currently has 90 big league home runs. From 1998-2002, he played for the Houston Astros. His best season with Houston was 2000, when he hit 20 home runs in a part-time role.
After the 2002 season, Houston traded Ward to the Los Angeles Dodgers for pitcher Ruddy Lugo. He would also play for Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Washington and the Chicago Cubs.
Through 16 games, Ward is hitting .323 with six home runs and 24 RBI for the Newark Bears. (That's one less home run and two more RBI than David Wright has in twice as many games, though Wright does not have the advantage of hitting against Atlantic League pitching.)
Ward has one of the nicest-looking signatures I've gotten since baseball season started this year.