Saturday, June 12, 2010
2001 Bowman Heritage John-Ford Griffin
Who is this? Newark Bears outfielder John-Ford Griffin
What is this? An autographed card from the 2001 Bowman Heritage set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed before a Newark Bears game earlier this year.
How much did it cost? Not sure - I probably spent about 50 cents for the card.
Why is this so special? John-Ford Griffin was the first round draft pick of the New York Yankees in 2001. The next year, he was included in a complicated three-team deal that sent Jeremy Bonderman to Detroit and brought Jeff Weaver to the Yankees. Griffin spent less that a year in Oakland's system before being traded to Toronto for Jason Perry.
Griffin finally reached the majors for a cup of coffee in 2005, and got another brief shot in 2007. Since then, he's played in the minors for the Dodgers and the Cubs. This year, he's a Newark Bear. In 44 games, he's hit .260 with 4 home runs and 20 RBI.
Griffin's signature is a bit of a muddle, but if you try I think you can at least pick out his initials.