Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Now Collecting- Alex Wood

The Braves have somewhat righted the ship after a slump that put them 7 games behind the Nationals in the AL East and several games out in the wildcard hunt.  One of the reasons for them remaining in playoff contention has been 23 year old starting pitcher Alex Wood.  Wood is 10-10 with a 2.92 era for the season.  In his most recent start he struck out 12 Marlins in 8 innings, scattering 5 hits and not walking a batter.  You could argue Wood may be the long-term ace of the staff.  Add in the fact that Wood is from Charlotte, NC where I spent 5 recent years of my life and he's also a lefty, and you've got a player I want to collect.  I picked up a small lot of his cards off Just Commons to start off the collection.

A few rookies from 2013.  Apparently these two Chrome cards are from different sets, Bowman Chrome and Bowman Chrome Draft, but you could have fooled me.  They do have different color backs which I guess would make them easier to identify.

I enjoy a good minor league card.  It's especially neat to see minor league cards of players from teams in the South Atlantic League.  I was able to catch a game between the Rome Braves and Greenville Drive this year.  Just a few years too late to see Wood pitch there.  Also in this row, the most recent Topps design and a gold parallel.

Not the biggest fan of this year's Donruss, but for 15 cents I added it to the stack.  This year's Topps Heritage is one I will want a Braves team set from.

I noticed on the back of the Donruss card Wood is listed as throwing lefty and batting lefty.  On his Topps Heritage and 2014 Topps cards, Wood is listed as batting right handed.  Which is correct?  It appears batting right handed could be a recent development for Wood, or maybe the other cards simply have it wrong. 

A good start to the Alex Wood collection! Looking to add more, maybe cards from some minor league team sets.  I'll post my have list on my What I Collect page.


  1. Good start. I think I have one or two RC's of his. Not sure if I should start collecting him or not.

  2. I've considered collecting him as well. Mike Minor was a guy whose cards I started picking up, but I might go with Wood instead. Could be a better bet to remain with Braves long-term.