A rare card, indeed, is this 2003 Leaf card that is one of just 5 that exist. It was earned at the National Sports Cards Convention in Atlantic City, when a patron opened a full box of packs at the Donruss Playoff booth and was rewarded with this gem.
The seal of the National is found in the lower right-hand quadrant, and the sequential numbering is on the back. Yes, only 5 of these exist, and this is numbered 2/5.
Bartolo Colon has been a consistent winner in the majors. Even in the year he was traded from Cleveland to Montreal, he was stunningly brilliant. He was 10-4 with each team to record a 20-win season while playing for two teams in the same year!
The year this card was produced, 2003, Colon led the American League in complete games while tossing for the Chicago White Sox. His 15-13 record that year, however, was his worst since his rookie campaign, with 13 losses the most he’s ever suffered. He was a 20-game winner again in 2005 with the Angels, capturing the Cy Young Award and The Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award when he was 21-8.In 2006, he was injured and appeared in just 10 games.
His innings went down for a few years before he found the fountain of youth following the 2010 season, when he didn’t play. He’s thrown at least 150+ innings each year since then. He was 18-6 for Oakland in 2013, when he was selected for his third All-Star Game appearance. Colon statistics