New Arrival: Jose Abreu, 1b, Chicago White Sox

2014 Panini National Treasure

Ever since the Yoenis Céspedes entered the league I have been a really big fan of Cuban players.  I know that a lot of them had to jump through so dangerous hoops to get to play here, and so its hard not to root for them.  Next to Céspedes my favorite Cuban in the game in Abreu.  I read a lot about him while teams were bidding, and I had a suspicion that he was going to be worth every penny that some team was about to pay him…and man, I was spot on.  He is right in my Top 10 of favorite players in the majors right now.

Last season he was just awesome.  His 169 OPS+ led the league, and he was an All-Star, Gold Glove winner and Silver Slugger.  And he was also a real MVP candidate, and might have been able to win had the White Sox been contenders.

Anyway.

A couple months ago I bough this card:

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At the time I really though I was good on Abreu autographs.  This was a nice piece….the autograph might not pop as much as I would like, but its a beautiful card and overall I am really happy with it.  But man, these National Treasure Die Cut cards…they are just amazing.  They took the design of the 2000 Crown Royals cards…changed up the colors and just knocked it out of the park.  I liked that Pacific set…and I love my Sweet Spot cards…and this is like the best mix of both. Plus, I have heard that Abreu has pretty much shut it down for everyone other than little kids when it comes to signing in person…so I figured what the hell.  Plus the card was still cheaper then I would have paid through a private signing, and will hold better value.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Notes/Awards
2003 16 CIE Fgn 258 5 20 9 57 .271 .305 .368 .674 Cuban Ball
2004 17 CIE Fgn 167 4 17 16 50 .228 .314 .365 .679 Cuban Ball
2005 18 CIE Fgn 84 312 11 64 28 61 .337 .423 .538 .961 Cuban Ball
2006 19 CIE Fgn 85 283 9 42 20 47 .293 .382 .449 .830 Cuban Ball
2007 20 CIE Fgn 71 239 13 43 24 43 .318 .418 .573 .992 Cuban Ball
2008 21 CIE Fgn 81 289 19 69 19 69 .346 .438 .630 1.068 Cuban Ball
2009 22 CIE Fgn 89 286 30 76 74 49 .399 .555 .822 1.376 Cuban Ball
2010 23 CIE Fgn 66 212 33 93 58 32 .453 .597 .986 1.583 Cuban Ball
2011 24 CIE Fgn 87 282 35 99 75 40 .394 .542 .837 1.379 Cuban Ball
2012 25 CIE Fgn 77 264 19 60 54 39 .345 .481 .617 1.098 Cuban Ball
2014 ★ 27 CHW AL 145 556 36 107 51 131 .317 .383 .581 .964 169 AS,MVP-4,RoY-1,SS
1 Yr 145 556 36 107 51 131 .317 .383 .581 .964 169
162 Game Avg. 162 621 40 120 57 146 .317 .383 .581 .964 169
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/8/2015.
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