Saturday, March 12, 2011
2003 Fleer Platinum Elmer Dessens
Who is this? former New York Mets relief pitcher Elmer Dessens
What is this? An autographed 2003 Fleer Platinum card
Where'd I get it? I purchased it from Dave Berman
How much did it cost? $4
Why is this so special? Dessens has pitched in 441 major league games during a 14-year career that saw him play for 9 different teams. He has 52 major league wins to his credit, and a post-season appearance with the 2004 Los Angeles Dodgers.
Dessens had some good seasons as a starter with the Cincinnati Reds at the beginning of the last decade. In 2000, he went 11-5 with a 4.28 ERA. In 2002, he was 7-8 with a 3.03 ERA and a 143 enhanced ERA+.
For the past two seasons, Dessens worked out of the Mets' bullpen. He was 4-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 2010. Dessens had agreed to terms on a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants for 2011, but it fell through at the last minute. It's not clear if the 40-year-old right-hander will pitch this season.
Dessens' autograph isn't pretty, but it is fairly clear and readable.