What’s rarer than a trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox?
A big-leaguer with only five certified autographs in the year 2017.
That’s Jose Quintana and he was dealt to the Cubs on Thursday morning as part of a five-player deal that could make some prospectors unhappy — or spark added interest in the team that’s not the defending World Series champion.
He’s a 29-year-old, 5-foot-11 second baseman-shortstop who’s in his fifth season as a big-leaguer. He’s a Minnesota Twin with Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star honors.
He’s also a guy who, thanks to a three-homer game last night while batting lead-off, has a career-high 38 homers this season.
He’s Brian Dozier — and he’s also not the easiest guy to find on baseball cards.
Washington Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito made his big-league debut on Tuesday night but a rain delay prevented him from picking up a win.
Meanwhile, a win is what collectors will get as the game now makes him eligible for Rookie Cards in the remaining 2016 products from Topps and Panini America. (Will his first be a Topps Now card arriving within hours? Stay tuned. Update: Yep.)
The right-hander from Santa Monica, Calif., gave up just one hit in four innings, walking two and striking out one before the rain ended his night.