Saturday, June 5, 2010
2004 Donruss Timelines Recollection Collection Julio Franco
Who is this? Former Texas Rangers second baseman Julio Franco
What is this? An autographed buyback card from the 2004 Donruss Timelines set
Where'd I get it? Found it at the local card shop
How much did it cost? $10
Why is this so special? I went to the card shop today hoping to find a card of Richmond Flying Squirrels pitching coach Ross Grimsley. I struck out, but I found something better - this autographed buyback card of Julio Franco.
To me, it seemed like Franco played forever. He "only" played in the majors for 23 seasons, though. During that time, he accumulated 2,586 hits and was a three-time All-Star. He finally retired from the game in 2008, months short of his 50th birthday.
Franco spent parts of two seasons as a pinch hitter for the New York Mets, which added to my interest in acquiring the card. He now manages the Mets Gulf Coast League team.
The Sharpie that Franco used to sign the cards was starting to dry out, but it still looks great signed.