Monday, September 27, 2010
2010 Bowman Chrome Michael Brantley
Who is this? Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley
What is this? An autograph card from the 2010 Bowman set
Where'd I get it? A friend gave me the redemption card since he didn't want to bother with it. Eight to 12 weeks later, TriStar sent me my signed card from Topps.
Why is this so special? I don't buy many packs, so redemptions are still somewhat novel to me. Plus you can't turn down a free card.
Michael Brantley is the son of former major league outfielder Mickey Brantley. The Cleveland Indians chose him out of high school in the 7th round of the 2005 draft. He put up solid numbers at every level in the minors, and has gotten a few chances to fill in at the major league level over the past two seasons.
Brantley is hitting .260 /.307 / .320 with 3 home runs, 32 RBI and 14 SB in 94 major league games. He does need to get on base more often, but there's still time for him to develop - he's only 23.
Brantley's autograph isn't pretty, but it does look like he signed his full name instead of initials or random scribbles.