Much-delayed 2011 Bowman Chrome Royals Wrapup

I have very few card collections given my limited resources and space, but I did decide some time ago to begin collecting on-card Royals autographs. It’s been a blast so far trying to track these things down and this is the latest addition to my collection. To view the cards currently in the collection, take a look at the Gallery or the other posts in this series. I’m working on getting a legit want list together on my trade page but, in the meantime, if you have any on-card Royals autos that it looks like I don’t have, don’t hesitate to drop me a line!

How hilarious would it be if he had a brother named Jeffrey?

About 4,000,000 years ago, I thought I’d do a wrapup of all the Royals on-card autos in the 2011 Bowman Chrome set. It wasn’t going to be hard, since there were only 2 players represented. But, time slipped away and I never got around to it. Luckily, that means I had time to grab a few of them myself to use my own scans instead of stealing them from eBay!

This scanned really well.

Both the base and refractor versions of Jeremy Jeffress’ RC auto are on display here. He’s a reliever, so they weren’t expensive to track down. In fact, since I bought these he’s actually been sent down all the way to AA to work on mechanics or to work on becoming a mechanic. No wait, I just Googled him. He got his second drug screen fail (for weed) and is being punished. One more dirty drop for Jeremy means a lifetime ban from baseball. Tough call on how to play this one, buddy!

Even a brother named Jimmy would be pretty funny.

Jeffress is one of the 400 prospects sent over by Milwaukee for Zack Greinke in a move that is currently working out pretty well for both teams. In the long run, I think the Brewers will wonder why they don’t have any relievers, middle infielders or outfielders other than that guy who currently plays left field for them (who may, by then, be doing all of the above. Even mechanic-ing). The blue parallel above looks, as always, awesome mixed with the Royal blue. But less awesome with the Bowman RC green.

There had to be a Garbage Pail Kid named Fryin' Brian, right?

Brian Fletcher don’t need no weed. Why, he’s on Twitter (where he recently said something about gaining more respect for Justin Bieber so that’s pretty… cool?)! He would probably like to have a little more of whatever he was on when he knocked in 7 runs in a single A Kane County Cougars game just around the corner from me here in Chicago. He’s having a great year at the plate for them and will likely be at AA (hey, Jeremy!) next year.

He signed every one of these like the logo was the X on a contract.

Even though Brian couldn’t exactly nail the placement of his signature on these (though, to be fair, it was certainly consistent), he’s “nailing” the ball at single A! Oh man, I tried really hard to make a joke there that referenced refractors or something. Just couldn’t bring it all together. I’ll try again since I never did score the blue refractor and might as well take up the space here.

“Brian is knocking the shine off the ball for the Cougars!”

“He may have played well at Auburn, but he’s really shining in pro ball thus far!”

“I hope he’s taking some time to reflect on his luck to score a contract with a major league team!”

“I bet he’s been getting glowing reviews from scouts!”

Okay, I can’t even take it anymore. There’s your 2011 Bowman Chrome Royals Wrapup, for the whole no one who asked.

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