Did you know? … Jose Cano has a story


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

I’ve said for years — and written it at a few stops along the way — that every card has a story.

Here’s my latest example, which comes from a set I have sorted thousands of cards from through the years — and it’s a card I don’t remember ever seeing because it’s just that forgettable.

It’s a 1990 Bowman Jose Cano Rookie Card — card No. 68 — and it’s generously valued at a nickel. But the story part? Did you know that this once 27-year-old pitcher with six games in the big leagues in 1989 has a pretty famous son?

Yep, he’s the father of New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, a three-time All-Star, the 2011 All-Star Home Run Derby champ (an event where Jose did the pitching) and one of the best all-around players in the game at his position.

Unlike Robinson, who is a cardboard icon in the making and a star whose 2,300-plus cards will cost you $25,000-plus, Jose Cano’s cardboard won’t cost you much at all. The ones that are priced (most from minor league team set cards are not) will cost you $1.65 … or less.

In fact, he’s got 17 cards — just two RCs — in the Beckett.com database that you should be able to land for next to nothing. A handful of them are from his time in The Show but most are from a career spent in the minor leagues. (In parts of seven seasons, he went 35-28 with a 3.30 ERA.)

Jose Cano’s first card can be found in the 1983 Anderson Braves team set from TCMA and his final card can be found in a 1994 Osceola Astros Team Issue card — two more pretty forgettable releases that I, myself, suddenly find a lot more interesting.

So, if you’re a Cano collector, do you have to have these, too?

As a Swishfan (Nick and Steve), I can relate … and I say yes.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


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  1. MJ 16 December, 2011 at 20:31

    As a Cano Collector, it is justified to collect “dad’s” cards too. Unfortunate that they did not have a card posing together after the Derby. or a duel auto. There are many father -sons out there that I know would kill to have it…

  2. JasonP 2 May, 2012 at 06:43

    It’s fascinating just how many second and third generation players are in the Majors these days. Watching Bryce Harper’s debut game last week, I counted FIVE sons of former Major Leaguers in the lineups of the Nats and Dodgers! I’m surprised we don’t see a whole subset or insert set dedicated to father/son cards.

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