Monday, November 15, 2010
2010 Wichita Wingnuts Brandon Mathes
Who is this? Wichita Wingnuts pitcher Brandon Mathes
What is this? An autographed card from the 2010 Wichita Wingnuts team set
Where'd I get it? From Zach
Why is this so special? Last week, I received an unexpected package from Zach at Autographed Cards. It contained a 2010 Wichita Wingnuts team set, with about half of the cards signed. This was a great surprise, and I want to thank Zach for sending it.
The Wingnuts team set is one of the more unique ones I've seen. I'd have to go back to the early 80s to find cards printed on thinner stock, but the photography is generally better than I've seen in some of the Atlantic League sets that I buy. There are some really odd shots, but I'll leave that for when we come to them. (Whenever that is - I'm working through my folder of card scans, but there are still 100 more left to post.)
Mathes made his professional debut with the Joliet Jackhammers in the Northern League last year. He made one start, but it didn't go well. This year, he pitched for Wichita in the American Association. He was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 33 games, mostly out of the bullpen.
Mathes signature is a bit unusual, with the letters very close together and overlapping to some extent.