Anyone interested in buying 190 cards?
I started my Barney collection back in April, 2011. After a late season call-up in 2010, a hot spring landed him not just a spot on the roster, but a spot in the starting line-up. I was interested in starting a player collection, I liked the way he played, and he was a kinda under the radar guy. My Barney collection was born.
He was NL Rookie of the Month in April, 2011---I looked like a genius. He tailed off a bit towards the end of the year, but had a decent season---I still was looking pretty good. Though his bat starting sinking, his glove in 2012 was red hot...golden actually, as he tied the ML record for errorless games and won the Gold Glove---I had attached myself to a star for years to come.
And then...in 2013 his bat turned into a wet noodle. His glove wasn't enough to keep him in the lineup and the Cubs started looking at other options. This season, though his average was up, well, .230 isn't going to cut it. He went on a paternity leave and the Cubs called up Arismendy Alcantara. Alcantara got off to a great start, and Barney was out. I don't know what they named the new baby, but they should consider renaming it Wally, as in Wally Pipp.
With all the highly touted infield prospects in the Cubs system, I knew that Darwin's time with the Cubs was numbered. I just didn't think it would happen this quickly and that he would just be DFA'ed.
My Barney collection now stands at 190 cards. I don't think that he'll be included in any of the other sets to be released this year, so I guess that means that I'm done. I'm not really interested in getting cards of him with another team if he does get picked up by someone.
It's been fun chasing all his cards, but it's also gotten a bit tiring. There were just too many parallels with some of the sets. I enjoyed the player collector experience but I really think that I'll just stick to being a team collector.
So here is what the 190 card Darwin Barney collection looks like. I've got them in order by year, then brand name. You may notice several fronts are identical---that's because the backs may be different.