Sunday, January 3, 2010

1999 Grandstand Hudsen Valley, Derek Anderson

#1 Derek Anderson

Here is a card that I got just before Christmas. Out of the blue one day, I got a random package in the mail from Paul, of Paul's Random Stuff. In it were about ten autographs and a heathy stack of Royals. Obviously, it was a very welcome surprise.

The wierd thing about this card, or Derek Anderson actually, is that I cannot find anything about him. My usual go-to place for minor leaguers is The Baseball Cube. On Derek's page there, all they have for him is that he was drafted by the Royals in 1994 and that he pitched for Somerset in 2005. Yet, here is a card of him from 1999 that shows him playing for the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League. The back of the card talks about him being a non-drafted free agent and mentions some of his stats through the first half of the season. So, he obviously pitched professionally beofre 2005.

As for the Renegades, they are still active in the New York-Penn League. They are also still affiliated with Tampa Bay, just like they were when this card came out.

I think that the coolest thing about this card is that it is from a short-season A ball team set. There can't be a ton of these out there. So, to randomly get a signed one is pretty neat.


Anonymous said...

I really can't tell you anything about Derek Anderson that you don't already know. As you might have guessed, I got the card signed when he was a Somerset Patriot in 2005.

In 2005, I purchased singles from minor league team sets if those were the only cards a player had. For some reason, I ended up with two copies of the same Anderson card.

Orioles Magic said...

This set looks familiar to me. I believe I had a set of these from the Abilene Prairie Dogs. It's interesting what some cards make me remember. Thanks for reminding me Zach.

zman40 said...

The Abilene Prairie Dogs? Who are they?

Matt said...

Weird...if you type his name into B-R nothing comes up, but if you go to the '99 Renegades page he's there. Reached Double-A Orlando in '03 before finishing out in the indy leagues. Interesting site, BTW.

zman40 said...

Thanks Matt!