I barely remember Henry Owens, the right-handed relief pitcher who appeared in three games for the 2006 New York Mets before being traded to the Florida Marlins for Jason Vargas. (In a few years, I will probably get him confused with Henry Owens, the left-handed starting pitcher who plays in the the Boston Red Sox organization.)
In fact, if it weren’t for baseball cards I’m sure I would have forgotten the Owens that played for the Mets by now. He came to mind because I recently ran across this 2006 Topps Factory Set bonus card when I was looking through rkcollectibles‘ eBay inventory to see if they had anything else I might need when I bought my 2014 Stadium Club Mets team set.
In a bid to sell more factory sets in 2006, Topps included five cards from a 20-card bonus set of rookies along with all of the regular cards from Series 1 and 2. Unfortunately for collectors, Nick Markakis is the best player in the set and most are guys like Owens who didn’t manage to stick around for long.
When I bought the card for a dollar, I thought it might be Owens’ only one as a Met. I was wrong – he’s got more Mets baseball cards than Mets innings pitched (2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects, 2006 Bowman Prospects, 2006 Topps 52, and 2006 Upper Deck in addition to this one.)
At least I probably still need it for my 2006 Mets team set (I haven’t checked yet.)