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Baseball Card of the Day: 2006 Topps Factory Set Bonus Henry Owens

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.)

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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.)


Hufflepuff. Level 43 entertainment junkie and Mets fan. Always try to be nice, but never fail to be kind.

3 thoughts on “Baseball Card of the Day: 2006 Topps Factory Set Bonus Henry Owens

  1. I had my annual checkup earlier this year. The Dr. comes in, gives me an examination, then starts asking me questions about myself, like interests and such. I tell him that I’m a baseball fan. He then says, “I used to be a pitcher.” I’m thinking he probably meant college. He then adds that he was with the Pirates, Mets, and Marlins. I didn’t recognize him when he introduced himself, so when he left the room, I grabbed my phone and looked him up. Sure enough, he had pitched in the Majors for my favorite team, the Mets. When I got home, I went to eBay and ordered the card you have pictured. I hope to get him to sign it for me during my next checkup.


  2. I just checked my 2006 Binghamton Mets set for his card and found his 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects tucked in with the set. I knew that name sounded familiar


  3. Thanks for the heads-up. I just got my 2006 Binghamton Mets and 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects cards signed TTM by Mr. Owens. He added PA-C (Physician Assistant – ?) after his signature.


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