2014 Durham Bulls
Sands is actually a local player from Smithfield, North Carolina. He played his high school baseball at Smithfield-Selma and then played for Catawba College afterwards. The Dodgers drafted Sands in the 25th Round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. He made his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2011 playing in 61 games and posting .253/.338/.389 with 4 home runs, 15 doubles, and 26 RBIS. He split time between the Dodgers and Triple A in 2012. After the season he was shipped to the Red Sox in the James Loney for Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Adrian Gonzalez trade. The Red Sox turned him around to the Pirates a few months later. At the end of the 2013 season Sands was claimed by the Rays and ended up in Durham playing for the Bulls. His tenure in Durham lasted just 54 games with the local favorite hitting .268/.352/.474 with 9 home runs, 12 doubles, and 36 RBIs. He did eventually end up in Tampa for a few weeks, but was claimed by the Indians coming back through waivers. Sands has bounced around since, but did get back to the Majors last year with the White Sox. His 2017 has been split between the Giants Double A team in Richmond and Somerset in the Atlantic League.
I feel like half of the baseball card related posts that I read over the summer were of collectors driving around to Wal Marts looking for boxes of Bowman Platinum. They look like they are probably nice cards, I do see some sticker autographs in there, but I am a huge fan of the original 2010 release. There were stickers in the 2010 version of Platinum too, but I really like the design of these cards. Like any Bowman product, at the time it was released bunches of people went gaga over a bunch of the autographs, but over time many have wained. I don't remember Sands ever really being that huge of a prospect at the time this set released. Certainly is not at this point, but it's cool to add another autograph to my Durham Bulls collection. Especially one of a local player.