Chrome Corner: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Madison Bumgarner
In the last edition of Chrome Corner, I featured a Jarrod Parker card from the 2008 Bowman Chrome set. Well, in this edition I bring to you the 2008 Bowman Chrome Madison Bumgarner autograph from the same set.
Bumgarner and Parker have a few things in common:
– They both were first featured in the 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects set as non-auto-graphed cards.
– Both obviously have their first on-card certified autograph in this 2008 set.
– Both now pitch for teams in the San Francisco Bay Area. Parker for the Oakland A’s and Bumgarner for the San Francisco Giants.
But here is the reason why I decided to feature Bumgarner in this edition.
Bumgarner was also selected in the first round of the 2007 baseball draft. In fact, he and Parker were the first two high school pitchers to be selected in that hurler heavy first round. And to makes things even more interesting: Bumgarner was selected right after Parker.
Parker might have had the higher draft slot, but to this date, Bumgarner’s on-field accomplishments are incomparable.
In fact, while Parker was recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2010, Bumgarner was earning his stripes in a legendary Giants Pennant race that ultimately ended with Bumgarner and the Giants winning the World Series. Bumgarner won a pivotal Game 4 of the World Series by tossing 8 innings of shutout ball in Texas to give the Giants a 3-1 Series lead.