The 2009 Atlanta Braves, Baseball Card Lineup
the 2009 Atlanta Braves have the chance to do something special. They have the chance to come out of no where and contend for a world championship.
Talent from the farm system, and masterful deals from the general manager Frank Wren have the braves back contending after a short couple years of being out of the race early.
The New Captain of the team, Brian McCcann as seen in his 2003 Bowman chrome autographed refractor.
His stats aren't overly impressive this year, but he has certainly come through when the Braves need it.
Chipper Jones, Veteran and First Ballot hall of famer
Chipper is shown here in his topps rookie card, but this isn't the standard version. This version was issued to troops in the desert storm conflict in the middle east. It bears a special gold foil seal indicating that.
This is the rarest Chipper Jones rookie card out there, and the only one that will set you back a bit in the wallet.
Jair Jurrjens, pitcher, one of the best of Wren's trades
Jair came to the organization in exchange for the services of Edgar Reinteria. It is safe to say that the braves got the better of this deal. Not only did they get an ace in Jair, they also got the key prospect needed to deal for current center fielder Nate Mclouth.
Shown here is his 2005 Bowman Chrome draft picks gold refractor. It has been graded by Beckett Grading services as Gem Mint 9.5.
Tommy Hanson, pitcher, rookie phenom
As a guy who goes to a lot of Minor League games, seeing Tommy in low A ball was a bit under whelming.
3 inches and 6 mph made a TON of difference as Tommy hit a growth spurt that gave him more leverage for more velocity and tilt on his breaking pitches.
He has used these new tools to mow through the majors and the minors, and is now an ace in the making.
The red bordered copy is the red refractor from 2007 Bowman Chrome. There are only 5 copies of the red in existence and is his most saught after card that has hit the secondary market thus far. It may set one back $500 or more. The blue copy is a bit more attainable, as there are 150 total of it and a price tag of about $70
Adam Laroche, 1B, Mid season spark
Adam has been insane since coming to Atlanta, and has put up numbers in the second half that compare to the elite first basemen in the MLB, including Mark Teixeria.
Being a brave farm hand, we get a rookie card of his that's actually in a braves uniform.
The base elite has 1000 copies, but the autographed version only has about 100.
Martin Prado, 2b, super sub
Martin had possibly the best progression of any player on the roster this season. He moved his way from a fringe bench player to a legit starter.
His 2006 Bowman Sterling refractor jersey autograph is one of his key cards, as collectors have yet to catch on to and buy up his cards.
Yunel Escobar, SS, Cuban Swagger
Sometimes Yunel is so cocky that I just want to punch him in the face. His arrogance is a big part of his game though, and it kind of suits him. After getting accustomed to him I have learned to take the good with the bad and realize that he has the tools to back up his demeanor.
Pictured here is a buy back autograph of his 2005 Bowman card, released in 2006 with a topps certified autograph.
Major apoligies to Major contributors like Javier Vasquez, Nate Mclouth, Tim Hudson, Garrett Anderson, Matt Diaz, David Ross, Kris Medlen, Kenshin Kawakami, Soriano, Gonzalez, Moylan, and many many others that have already came up big in some part of this season.
The front office has adopted the word "believe" as the mantra for these remaining 6 games that I think is especially relevant to this short run as the braves have a chance to overtake the Rockies for the wildcard.