By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Tampa Bay Rays rookie pitcher Matt Moore‘s second career start came in Game 1 of the American League Division Series and it went something like this: Seven innings, two hits, two walks, no runs, six strikeouts and a victory over the defending AL champion Texas Rangers.
That news prompted one simple announcement from Topps on Monday that more Moore cards — his first autographs from the company — are coming soon.
“Rookie phenom Matt Moore will be [an] on-card autograph in Bowman Chrome,” the company announced. Slated to arrive on Oct. 19, 2011 Bowman Chrome will arrive with one Chrome autograph card in every 18-pack hobby box.
With Moore’s September call-up, it won’t be his first MLB Rookie Card appearing in Bowman Chrome — just his first autographs from the company. At this time, he appears on 126 different cards in the Beckett.com database with 34 different autographed and 87 different serial-numbered cards.
None of them are an official Rookie Card — and, interestingly, none of them feature game-used memorabilia yet, either. It seems both will have to wait until 2012.
Moore’s first MLB cards came in the 2009 Bowman lines — Bowman, Bowman Sterling, Bowman Chrome — while his first autographed cards were released by Panini America in 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. Moore also has signed for In The Game this year and has a small number of autographs appearing in the 2011 Topps Pro Debut minor league set.
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