Saturday, June 28, 2014

Large Biscuit Combo, Please?

One of the coolest things about collecting cards of minor league players and teams is the fact that you can get some really cool cards at the fraction of the cost of Major League players.  Imagine if you found a jumbo patch of a Major League player in your favorite set and the card was numbered to just 5?  Imagine that the patch piece was a cool letter patch from an All-Star game.  Most collectors love adding cards like this to their collection, but the price of adding a relic card costing upwards of $100 causes most of them to pause.  My newest jumbo patch of a minor leaguer?  Just north of $20.

This piece of patch is from Rays prospect C.J. Riefenhauser who is currently pitching out of the bullpen in Triple A Durham.  Last season he split the year between Durham and the Rays Double A affiliate in Montgomery, the Biscuits.  Riefenhauser was one of the best relief pitchers in the Minors last season.  In 70 innings last year the left-handed deliver posted an ERA of 1.22, a WHIP of 0.82, and 70 strikeouts with just 19 walks.  The performance earned Riefenhauser a trip to the Futures Game at CitiField in NewYork.  Here's a picture from batting practice before the game:

The Futures Game format places all of the International All-Stars on a team and the American All-Stars on another team.  The patch piece from my card is the S from the USA logo in the middle of Riefenhauser's Future Game jersey.  A really sweet addition from a specific event.  The card is also limited to just five copies.....

To make this card a little bit sweeter, I also added a cool Tim Beckham card the same day as I added this cool Riefenhauser patch.  The Beckham card is serial numbered to 60 and is a die-cut from this year's Panini Prizm set.

Beckham is actually sitting out this season after suffering a season ending knee injury while training for the season before a single game was played.  He is also a former number one overall draft pick.  Sitting out the year, or not, I am still a fan of the Rays infielder.  Here's his first major league hit from last year.....

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