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'.