Monday, July 9, 2018

Project Durham Bulls #37 - Alex Cobb

2011-2012, 2016 Durham Bulls 

The Rays drafted Alex Cobb in 2006 out of high school in Vero Beach, Florida.  It took him a few years to reach Triple A with the Bulls, but once he made it there he pitched great.  During his first year with the Bulls Cobb went 5-1 with a 1.87 ERA with more than a strikeout per inning.  His work in Durham was good enough to get him onto the Rays for a few starts that season.  In 2012, the majority of Cobb's time was spent in Tampa, but he also made a few starts in Durham.  From 2013 forward he stuck with the Rays and became a dependable mid rotation starter.  In 2012, 2013, and 2014 he won double digit games each of the three seasons.  His ERA was consistently below 3, but his strike outs dropped once he reached the Majors.   

He missed 2015 with arm problems, had Tommy John surgery, which is why he ended up back with the Bulls in 2016.  Cobb bounced back and had a good 2017 season before leaving the Rays for the Orioles via free agency.  His time with the Orioles has been rough so far.  

I have a pretty nice collection of Cobb autographs.  He is not someone that I have actively sought to collect, it's just kind of worked out that I have been in the right place at the right time.  Low print runs, shiny cards signed in silver pens, sparkly surfaces, I have them all.   A nice card is a nice card, right?  So, in looking for cards for these posts I am looking for cards that are from a good product with an on card signature if possible. What else is there?  I found this Alex Cobb autograph for next to nothing.  Topps Chrome is always a quality product, expect for 2010 when the cards did that crazy bending thing, and are nice autographs long run to own.  I like on the 2011 cards that they have a big whitish space for the player to sign.  Gives the cards a little cleaner look than having the player sign over their picture.

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