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Chrome Corner: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Madison Bumgarner

Posted in Chrome Corner with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

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.

Chrome Corner: 2008 Bowman Chrome Autograph Jarrod Parker

Posted in Chrome Corner with tags , , , , , , , on May 24, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve acquired quite a few quality chrome autographs and refractors over the last few months but I have not shown them on this blog yet.

I guess I have to get on top of that.

Let’s start here: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autograph Jarrod Parker.

I got this card in the mail the other day and noticed that the card is well-centered, the ink  looks good and there are no scratches on the surface.  Those lines you see on the card are from my scanner … they are digital wrinkles, signs of aging technology.

Then I flipped the card over, took note of the excellent condition and started reading the text.

Stuff about him having lightening quick stuff? Check.

Comparison to some other up and comer or seasoned veteran?  Check.

Something about where he played high school and some collegiate opportunity he seemingly passed on to pursue his big league dream?  Check.

Then I looked at the stat line.

And I looked at it again … and again … and again.

Does that really say what I think it says?

A 0.10 ERA?!?!?!

A POINT-TEN ERA over 70 innings?!

That is insane. And the fact that it came in high school really does not diminish the value of that feat one bit.

On that note, here’s another interesting tidbit worth mentioning:  Parker was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 draft and the fifth pitcher taken.

Who were the others hurlers taken before Parker? David Price (No. 1), Daniel Moskos (No. 4), Ross Detwiler (No. 6), and Casey Weathers (No. 8).