Friday, July 18, 2008

2007 TriStar Authentics Tyler Colvin

Who is this? Tennessee Smokies outfielder Tyler Colvin.

What is this? An autograph card from 2007 TriStar Authentics.

Where'd I get it? Atlanta Sports Cards.

How much did it cost? A buckaroo.

Why is this so special? Atlanta Sports Cards has a binder with a bunch of auto and relics cards for sale ranging from a buck to 15 dollars and every time I go I try to pick up a few dollar cards. Normally they're scrubeenees from minor league sets that flamed out years ago, or really obscure Major Leaguers. Or guys like Jaret Wright who fit both categories. This time though a prospect cought my eye that I had actually heard of before. I didn't really know who Tyler Colvin was, but I'd heard of him and it was a card from last year so the chances were good he wasn't managing a car dealership by now. So who is this guy?

Tyler was a first round pick of the Cubs in 2006, number 13 overall. He's supposedly a top prospect, but don't ask Cubs fans about that. He's had a rough season so far this year, but is starting to get his stroke back. With the trade deadline coming up and the Cubs in a fierce battle in the central, he may get moved soon. He's an interesting guy to watch at least, lots of entertainment for only a buck. The autograph is on the clear TriStar sticker which doesn't look great on this card (and the sticker was pasted off center) but the signature looks good. I like the flourish on the T and the C. Maybe the Braves can convice the Cubs that Tex would be a good second baseman for the stretch run and we can get Tyler in a a big package of prospects.

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