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The ONLY Johan Santana rookie that matters …

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on September 6, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

A few weeks ago I wrote about a 2000 SP Authentic Barry Zito rookie card that bore the serial number of Zito’s jersey.

Well, that’s not the only former Cy Young Award Winner whose serial numbered rookie card that I own with the number matching the jersey.

I present the 2000 Finest Refractor Johan Santana serial numbered 0057/1000. And before you say it, I’ll acknowledge it — yes, this IS a parallel. Someone surely has the 0057/3000, which is the true rookie card.

Some of you may not remember how good Johan was during the mid 2000s. He routinely led the Twins to the top of the AL Central and eventually wound up in New York where he twirled the only Mets no-hitter in franchise history — a fact that remains true despite whatever umbrage you take with the official scorer.

For years the only Johan rookie I owned was a 2000 Fleer Tradition update, primarily because Johan rookies were so expensive. His Finest rookie (/3000) is his best, and the refractor version always fetched a tidy premium.

Well, Johan’s been widely forgotten in the hobby. So when this one popped up on COMC.com, I had to snatch it up, especially because of the serial number. One day I’ll haven’t stabbed by BGS.

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Card of the Day: 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum autograph rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Quick: Brandon Webb or Tim Lincecum for the National League Cy Young award? Webb won 22 games, but he sure as hell was not as dominating as Tim Lincecum. Lincecum won 18 games, led the league in strikeouts and finished second in ERA to perennial CY Young candidate Johan Santana. Lincecum is the Cy Young winner, hands down. Continue reading