Monday, January 3, 2011

2010 Topps T-206 Heath Bell

Who is this? San Diego Padres closer Heath Bell
What is this? An autograph insert card from the 2010 Topps T-206 set
Where'd I get it? I bought it from a dealer at a local card show last year
How much did it cost? $5

Why is this so special? For the past two seasons, Heath Bell has gone to the All-Star Game and won the National League Rolaids Relief Man Award. Before taking over as the Padres' closer, Bell served as Trevor Hoffman's setup man.

From 2004 to 2006, Bell was a member of the New York Mets organization. The team bounced him between AAA and the majors and never gave him much of a chance to establish a role in the bullpen. After the 2006 season, Omar Minaya traded him and Royce Ring for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson - two players that had no impact in New York.

Bell's autograph has not changed much since his days with the Mets. It's easier to read than most current players'.


Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Totally forgot that Bell had been a Met.

unclemoe said...

I really like these. I bought a Chris Young (D-Backs) not too long ago and was suprised by how nice it was.


Play at the Plate said...

I love mini autos. I just wish more players would give a crap how their auto looks.

Paul said...

Ryan, I remember Bell as a Met mostly because he was the one guy who would always come over to sign autographs for fans in 2005.