What is this? An autographed card from the 2009 Binghamton Mets team set
Where'd I get it? Before a game between the Binghamton Mets and Trenton Thunder in Trenton earlier this month.
How much did it cost? I don't remember for sure, but I think the team set cost between $8-$10 last year.
Why is this so special? I missed seeing Owen's start in the Trenton series, which turned out to be his final one at the AA level. He pitched six shutout innings, limiting the Thunder to just one hit. Owen didn't get a win for his effort, since reliever Roy Merritt made an error that led to three unearned runs and the B-Mets weren't hitting that night, but he did make an impression.
When the Mets promoted R.A. Dickey to take Oliver Perez's spot in the major league rotation, Owen got the call to Buffalo. He's not considered a major prospect, but at age 23, Owen still has a chance to change people's minds.
Owen's autograph would be evil to use in a "Spot the Sig" type contest, since the first letter in his first name looks line an "R" and his last name almost looks like it starts with a "Ch"
The pink and teal jersey Owen is wearing on his baseball card seems to be a one-game-only promotional style. I know the B-Mets produced a few special jerseys last year, including a Star Trek-themed one that I would have loved to get a hold of, but I'm not sure what the pink and teal one represents. If any Binghamton fans happen to know, please share in the comments.
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