Many collectors out there might think I'm crazy, but I love this card. Of course, I didn't pull one out of a box of 2009 Bowman wax otherwise I might have been a little disappointed that this card would count as a hit. Nevertheless, this card is one of my favorites. It is a Baseball scout card autographed by former Dodgers scout Clarence Johns.
As the card states on the reverse, Clarence Johns was the man who saw potential in a stocky kid from Canada named Russell Martin. He convinced the Dodgers to pick Martin in the 17th round of the 2002 draft and signed him to the club, thereby foregoing a scholarship to go to North Carolina State. Clarence Johns also was responsible for the signing of former Dodger prospect Xavier Paul.
Johns is not longer in the Dodger organization, but sits in a rosier position today. He is currently the East Coast Scouting Supervisor for the Houston Astros. I had actually sent a message to the Astros PR department seeking a brief email interview with Johns, but was rebuffed. Unfortunately, the Astros have a policy to not allowing interviews of their scouts. Oh, well.