Tuesday, June 22, 2010
2008 TriStar Prospects Plus Bryan Price
Who is this? Akron Aeros pitcher Bryan Price
What is this? An autographed Farm Hands insert card from the 2008 TriStar Prospects Plus set
Where'd I get it? This was my guaranteed autograph in a clearance blaster box
How much did it cost? Two TriStar blasters, shrink-wrapped together, sold for $10.
Why is this so special? Bryan Price was a first round selection of the Boston Red Sox in the 2008 draft (45th overall). He struggled in Boston's farm system, and somehow moved over to the Cleveland Indians organization.
This year, he's pitching out of the bullpen for the Akron Aeros in the AA Eastern League. He's 1-2 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games, and it looks like a longshot for Price to ever reach the major leagues.
Still, stranger things have happened. Even if he never moves past AA, Price has been more successful than most people who have set foot on a pitcher's mound.
If anybody reading this is a teacher or has school-age children, I'd love to know how much time they spend on penmanship now. It didn't seem especially important when I was in school, and that was before computers became so dominant.
Of course, it's also likely that Price's signature looks like that because he knew he was going to have to sign hundreds of stickers for TriStar, and mine could have come from near the end of the batch. You never know.