Saturday, August 17, 2013

2013 Bowman Platinum Kolten Wong Jersey/Autograph

I am in need of a few more Kolten Wong autographs and was happy to add a new on earlier this week. A busy week at work has kept me from typing and posting this card, but I was really happy about this one.  For those who are not familiar with Wong, the Cardinals drafted him out of the University of Hawaii in 2011.  He's risen up through the minors during the past year and a half and actually made his Major League debut yesterday for the Cardinals.  Here's a look at the card:


2013 Bowman Platinum Kolten Wong Jersey/Autograph 
 

Wong's promotion onto a full Cardinals roster means that someone is going to lose some playing time.  Most are pointing at Cardinals third baseman David Freese.  With current second baseman Matt Carpenter enjoying a career year, most do not see him losing playing time.  Carpenter's natural position is also third base.  Add in the fact that Freese is not hitting, has always been a little suspect in the field, and you've got some time riding the pine.  

The Cardinals have had a bit of a revolving door at second for the past decade, so the addition of Kolten Wong will hopefully provide a little stability at the position moving forward.  It will be nice to have a solid performer manning the position for the next couple of years rather than waiting to see who will fill in the role occupied by Mark Grudzielanek, Tony Womack, and other notables from the Cardinals pile of retread second baseman.

On to the card.  I have added a few Bowman Platinums this summer, but this has to be one of my favorites.  It's a sticker autograph, which is a downer, but Wong is a pretty consistent signer with a clear autograph that looks something like Kolten Wong.  The jersey piece is also cool.  Though it is not clear on the scanner, it's allergic to Royals/Tar Heels colors, the jersey swatch appears to be from the Futures Game in 2012 at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City.

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