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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.)

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Mets Autograph of the Week: Henry Owens

Henry Owens was a catcher when he played high school and college ball. Once he turned pro, the Pittsburgh Pirates decided to make him a relief pitcher.

The Mets claimed Owens in the minor league phase of the Rule V Draft in 2004. He impressed everyone with his fastball and his high minor league strikeout rate, so the Mets gave him a shot in the majors in 2006.

Owens made his major league debut on July 7th, pitching a perfect ninth inning to finish a 7-3 loss to the Marlins. He pitched two innings the next day, walking two of the seven batters he faced. A week later, Owens gave up his first hits and runs in what turned out to be his final Mets appearance in a 9-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

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