Monday, May 3, 2010

2002 Topps Total, Brian Adams



#185 Brian Adams

Here is another card that was sent to my by Paul this past Christmas. It features the former Red Sox farmhand, Brian Adams.

Brian was drafted by the Sox in the 8th round of the 2000 draft. He advanced his way up to AA and in May of 2003, he was traded to the Brewers to complete an earlier deal (yes, he was a player to be named later). He pitched for a year and a half with the Brewers AA team before being released after the 2004 season.

After that, he pitched for two seasons with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the Northern League. He then went to the Atlantic League for three seasons while he pitched for the Somerset Patriots. In his first season there, he went 15-2 for the year. That was his first where he pitched primarily as a starter since his first season of pro ball.

Brian had been pitching for the Broncos de Reynosa of the Mexican League this spring. He had a 2-0 record and a 1.07 ERA in six starts. He is now listed on their roster as a reserve, though. The Mexican League starts play in March and it is likely that Brian was using that time to get ready for this season. However, I didn't see his name on any of the Atlantic League rosters, so I have no idea what he is up to this season.

In 2002, I probably bought four packs of cards. None of them were Topps Total, so I had no idea that this product was available then. In fact, I did not know that there was an '02 Topps Total set until I got this card from Paul. This is the only card from the set that I own (that I know of).

6 comments:

unclemoe said...

Topps Total was pretty great. Hope they bring it back one day soon.

moe.

Dave said...

What's the thing at the bottom? Religious reference? Military reference?

I rather like this card -- design, photo, signature, mesh jersey and all. Plus the bands around the neck and sleeve, ala the 1980s.

Also - yellow sign -- LINE DRIVES. LOVE IT!

zman40 said...

Dave- more than likely, it is a Bible verse. I liked the line drive sign, too. Good eye!

Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

Topps Total was great for guys like us Zach. It featured so many players that didn't have any other cards produced of them. And I think it was pretty cheap too.

zman40 said...

You're right Ryan and the price was the best part of it. About the only comparable to these today is Bowman.

Play at the Plate said...

I say bring back TOPPS Total. PLEASE!!