Thursday, December 23, 2010
2010 Topps Chrome Eric Young Jr.
Who is this? Colorado Rockies outfielder Eric Young Jr.
What is this? An autographed insert card from Topps Chrome
Where'd I get it? I bought it from a dealer at this month's local card show.
How much did it cost? $5
Why is this so special? I may have been able to get a better deal, but this was an impulse purchase. I haven't made any organized effort to collect autographs from players who are from New Jersey, but I will pick up their cards when I have the opportunity.
Young went to Piscataway High School and is the first alumni from the school to reach the major leagues. (Corey Smith, a first round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2000 and former Newark Bear, had a chance to reach the majors but hasn't gotten past AAA yet.)
The Rockies chose Young, son of original Colorado Rockies second baseman Eric Young, in the 30th round of the 2003 draft. He didn't make his minor league debut until 2004, but he moved through the minor leagues quickly. In 2009, Young made his major league debut with Colorado.
Speed is a big part of Young's game - he stole 17 bases in 51 games at the major league level this year. In one minor league season, he stole 87 bases. The Rockies outfielder will have to improve his on-base percentage if he is to make full use of his speed, though.
Eric Young Jr. is one of the many professional baseball players who use Twitter.
Young has a reasonably clear signature... he even included his uniform number.