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!
I’ve gotten a ton of new cards to show off from the latest products- Topps Marquee, Topps Chrome, Topps Finest, Topps Platinum… But here’s a card from 2000 because my brand new scanner broke after the first use!
Dermal Brown (called Dee by his friends at Fleer, apparently) is one of those players that has the misfortune of sharing a name with a (currently) more famous player. Searching for Dee Brown Royals autos is tough because I get a bunch of results for a certain Dodger rookie favored by the nocturnal and be-sweatered collectors out there. But he does have this one- the 2000 Fleer Autographics silver version numbered to 250. There’s another one (purple, I think) numbered to 25 or whatever. I wouldn’t be surprised if none of those survived.
This Dee Brown was a 1st round pick (14th overall) by the Royals in 1996. He had an outstanding minor league career, hitting a total of 200 homers in the minors overall but couldn’t seem to make it translate. He bounced between the majors and minors for years, never putting it all together in the bigs. In 2010, he joined the Seibu Lions and hit a respectable gaijin line of .241/21/76 for them. I can’t tell if he’s still in the league over there. I also can’t tell what the Japanese card market is like. Anyone know anything? Do they produce cards of gaijin over there or is it all Japanese players (if any at all)? I’d be all about a Matt Murton Japanese relic card!
Anyway, Dee Brown made me think about other people who share names with famous people and have to deal with the stuff that comes with it. I have a very similar name to the dude from Stereolab, but nobody cares about that except all the people who spell his name wrong. I’ve got a friend who has a name very close to that of the star of the Austin Powers films (and the Halloween villain!). Any other sports figures with similar or identical names you can think of (other than Alex Gonzalez vs. Alex E. Gonzalez, which is the only one that comes to mind. Surely another Alex Rodriguez has played pro ball at some point, right? Chris Smith? Let’s make a list!