Player Name: Chris Carpenter
Sets From: 1995 Bowman and Bowman’s Best
Card Numbers: 83 and B74
Why are these cards a must have?: I have to admit, this is one of those sentimental ones for me. I watched Carpenter come up through the minors and absolutely blew away hitters with his stuff. He got up to the majors with the Blue Jays and definitely struggled. After 2002 the Jays had all they could take from this once highly touted pitcher. He had arm issues and shoulder issues and would end up missing all of 2003 rehabbing. In 2004 he signed on with the Cardinals and showed the world what he was capable of. He went out and spun a 15-5/3.46/1.14 season followed by a 21-5/2.83/1.06 Cy Young winning season, and a 15-8/3.09/1.07 (3rd in Cy Young voting) season. He was on fire, then in 2007 he started the opening day game for the Cards, blew out his arm and missed the entire season. He is the first and only player to have ever accomplished that feat. He cam back in the summer of 2008 to throw 4 games, posting excellent numbers, but injuring himself again. This year he is back in Spring Training for the Cardinals and threw in his first game back and did very well. I’m hoping we can see more of him this year.
On a scale of 1 – 10, how must have are these cards: 3, he had three solid seasons and might have another one left in him. I wish him the best for this upcoming season. His cards book for $8 and $12, but on eBay it’s more like $1 and $3. Definitely two cards that all Blue Jays and Cardinal fans should own.