Wednesday, January 12, 2011
1999 Just Minors Grant Roberts
Who is this? former Binghamton Mets pitcher Grant Roberts
What is this? An autographed card from the 1999 Just Minors set
Where'd I get it? From a dealer at the local card show on Sunday
How much did it cost? I got it as part of a group of cards for $5
Why is this so special? Grant Roberts was a middle reliever for the New York Mets. From 2000-2004, he appeared in 76 games and posted a 4-4 record with a 4.25 ERA. In the minors, he was a starting pitcher. For the Binghamton Mets in 1999, he was 7-6 with a 4.87 ERA in 23 games.
Roberts' career was plagued by shoulder issues for much of his career. He also had his share of off-field issues.
In 2002, Newsday printed allegations that Roberts and some of his Mets teammate used marijuana during the season, but team officials denied the report. Newsday also printed a photo of Roberts allegedly using marijuana in 1998. In 2005, Roberts was suspended for 15 games for violating baseball's minor league steroids policy.
Roberts didn't really drop letters from his name in his autograph, but it's a bit sloppy.