Saturday, July 28, 2012
2006 Upper Deck, Walter Young
#55 Walter Young
Here is a card that was given to me by Rod, from Padrographs, about three and a half years ago. When I received this card, this was the lone signed 2006 Upper Deck card in my collection. Since then, my collection of autographed '06 Upper Deck cards has grown a bit and, thanks to my sporadic posting, I should have enough cards from the set to get me by over the next month. I really should post more often since I have acquired a lot of older signed cards that I am looking forward to posting. I just need to make the time.
If I am not mistaken, Walter Young has to have been the largest individual to ever play in the Major Leagues. His Baseball Almanac page lists him at 6'5" and 315 pounds. He played in 14 games with the Orioles in 2005 and that was the extent of his Major League career. In his brief cup of coffee, he hit .303 with a double and a home run. The dinger came off of R.A. Dickey.
I like how this card lists Walter as a Padre even though he is clearly wearing an Orioles pullover. That is one thing I liked about Upper Deck- they didn't bother with all of the crazy photoshopping that Topps is known for. You know Topps has gotten carried away when they start photoshopping cards just to put a team's new logo into the picture.