Autographed Nik Turley 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card from my collection

Autographed Nik Turley 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card from my collection

The Tampa Yankees are the New York Yankees’ Single-A affiliate in the Florida State League. Manager Luis Sojo led them to a 65-70  record last year.

I did not see the Tampa Yankees play in 2012, but many of the players included in their baseball card team set moved up to the Double-A Trenton Thunder by the end of the season. It’s a good bet that many of the players in this set will also start the 2013 season in Double-A, so I picked it up earlier this winter to see how many cards I can get signed.

Minor league pitcher Nik Turley, a 50th round selection in the 2008 draft, was a free autograph guest at MAB Celebrity Services “Pinstripe Glory Days” autograph show this weekend, so he got to be the first player to sign his card in my set.

Andy Pettitte's 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card

Andy Pettitte’s 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card

Unfortunately, none of the players Baseball America rated as the New York Yankees’ top 10 prospects are in this set. (Catcher/infielder J.R. Murphy was ranked the Yankees’ #9 prospect before the 2012 season, and he is included.) Andy Pettitte fans may be interested to note that even though the New York Yankee star only pitched seven innings for Tampa, he was included in the team set.

Grandstand produced a 36-card unnumbered set with full-color fronts and backs, printed on non-glossy cardstock. The photos are almost all game-action shots, and the designer did a good job of making sure we got a look at some of the alternate jersey the Tampa Yankees wore last year. The majority of the cards use a standard vertical design, but there are a few with a horizontal orientation for variety.

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The back of J.R. Murphy’s 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card

Here is the checklist:

  • Tampa Yankees All-Stars (Rob Segedin, J.R. Murphy, Mark Montgomery)
  • Rigoberto Arrebato – LHP
  • Manuel Barreda – RHP
  • Sean Black – RHP
  • Tyson Blaser – C
  • Kelvin Castro – 2B
  • Aaron Dott – LHP
  • Ramon Flores – LF
  • Mario Garza – Coach
  • Shane Greene – RHP
  • Kyle Higashioka – C
  • Tom Kahnle – RHP
  • Garrison Lassiter – 3B
  • Neil Medchill – OF
  • Lee Meyer – Athletic Trainer
  • Jose Mojica – SS
  • Mark Montgomery – RHP
  • J.R. Murphy – C
  • Zachary  Nuding – RHP
  • Michael O’Brien – RHP
  • Andy Pettitte – LHP
  • Brandon Pinder – RHP
  • Hector Rabago – C/INF
  • Jose Ramirez – RHP
  • Kyle Roller – 1B
  • Rob Segedin – 3B/OF
  • Jay Signorelli – Strength Coach
  • Kramer Sneed – LHP
  • Luis Sojo – MGR
  • Eduardo – Sosa – OF
  • Jose Toussen – 2B/SS
  • Matt Tracy – LHP
  • Nik Turley – LHP
  • Justin Turner – Coach
  • Jeff Ware – Coach
  • Zachary Wilson – 3B

You can still get the 2012 Tampa Yankees card set from the team for $7. (They also have older sets from 2006-2011 and various Florida State League prospect sets from 2004-2012. Shipping is a very reasonable $3 per three card sets, though you will have to write out your order and mail a check or money order – the Tampa Yankees don’t do online shopping.)

Kyle Higashioka's 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card

Kyle Higashioka’s 2012 Tampa Yankees baseball card

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About Paul Hadsall

I'm the former editor of a weekly community newspaper and current contributor to Hot Stove Baseball. I've been a New York Mets fan for most of my life and I've been blogging about them, minor league baseball, baseball cards and autograph collecting since 2007. Contact me at paul@randombaseballstuff.com

4 responses

  1. Cool set, thanks for posting. I like that they included Pettitte.

    Keep an eye on Montgomery. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t in the Yanks bullpen by the end of the year.

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    • Paul says:

      I saw him pitch once for Trenton towards the end of the season. It looked like he threw hard, but it’s tough to really tell if he’s got major league stuff when he’s facing mostly non-prospect hitters.

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  2. Ryan says:

    I always find it interesting how minor league teams like to include rehabbing Major Leaguers, but I suppose it does make the set more desirable to casual collectors and/or player collectors. Off the top of my head, I know that the O’s AAA affiliate Norfolk Tides have included J.J. Hardy and Brian Roberts in their sets in recent seasons.

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    • Paul says:

      It’s kind of neat to see familiar players in unfamiliar uniforms. The first time I saw a rehabbing veteran in a minor league set was Dwight Gooden in the 1987 Tidewater Tides team set. (Believe it or not, that was the first time he pitched at the Triple-A level.) Jose Reyes was in the Brooklyn Cyclones set a couple of years ago, and not many people are aware of it, but Roger Clemens has a ridiculously rare 2007 Trenton Thunder card. He was only in the stadium giveaway version of the set, and most of them ended up in the hands of non-card collectors.

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