Sunday, May 8, 2016

Venezuela Comes Through

Backup catcher Sandy Leon seemed destined to be a Red Sox player without any cards.  The defensive-minded catcher from the 2015 team only played in 41 games and was not much with the bat, hitting just .184/.238/.202 with three RBIs.  He had not appeared in any regular sets, and I was not optimistic.  With Christian Vazquez coming back from injury and Ryan Hanigan and Blake Swihart making the opening day roster, Leon was not likely to see any time in Boston this year.  So I figured I would never see a card of Leon with Boston.

Then one day recently, I was browsing Ebay and found this:
I had to have it.  Apparently there have been cards made in Venezuela for years.  Many of the cards specialize in Venezuelan players, and there have been a number of Venezuelan players I have really liked.  Carlos Quintana and Felix Doubront have been two of the major players.   So I may be revisiting some Venezuelan cards.