Saturday, October 26, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1999 Topps Traded and Rookies #T28 Nate Bump

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, October 26, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1999 Topps Traded and Rookies #T28.
  • Player Name, position, team: Nate Bump, pitcher, San FRancisco Giants.
  • Major League Debut: June 28, 2003.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1998 stats (San Jose, A-California): 11 G, 61.2 IP, 6-1, 13 R, 12 ER, 61 SO, 24 BB, 11 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 1.75 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Giants #1st, June 1998. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 3. This is his second Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "The Giants may have struck gold with this savvy righthander. San Francisco's first round pick in the 1998 draft, Bump has shown excellent command and location of his above-average fastball and a high-80s cutter that he consistently gets under left-handed hitters' fists. Further, refinement of his breaking ball is all Nate needs to keep moving up."
  • Commentary: In trying to find information on Nathan Louis Bump, a pitcher who actually made it to the majors with the Florida Marlins in the mid-00's, I was channeling another famous Mr. Bump...

    That's right. Because while there have been players surnamed Strong, at least 19 men named or nicknamed Happy, and yes there have been baseball players named or nicknamed Bump, only one man can presently claim to have this unique surname. But unfortunately, Nate Bump had a lot in common with his cartoon namesake. Two shoulder surgeries and a couple of hit balls to the elbow sidelined him for portions of his playing career. Although a Giants high draft pick, he was traded to the Marlins in 1999 for playoff hero Livan Hernandez. During his brief run in the mid 2000's with the Florida Marlins, Bump would achieve a record of 6-7. an ERA of 4.68, 79 strikeouts, and one World Series ring (with the 2003 team...darn it). But even though he last saw action at the big league level in 2005 (and his last Topps card appeared in the 2006 set), he was still travelling through the minor league systems of the Tigers and Phillies from 2006 through 2011. He last saw action with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and was released after the 2011 season.
  • Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 4 cards.

Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1959 Topps #248. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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