Way back in the day I started to rearrange my cards. Yes, that's still happening. I am dragging along slowly, but surely. One day I will finish and do some sort of sort of celebratory post displaying the awesomeness of my reorganized collection. Here are three years of the collection neatly stacked in a closet, just 29 more to go.....
This weekend I spent time working on picking up a few Topps Tek cards from last week's release and I also organized my 2005 cards. There are a lot of 2005 cards in my collection, definitely some cool rookie cards that year, but there are a ton of sticker autographs. I am not sure if was the height of sticker autographs, but certainly has to be in the running. Anyway, after flipping through my 2005 boxes and pulling out all of my autographs I decided to pick out one of the cards I ran across for my weekly #MyCardMonday post.
Topps has always done a really good job of putting cool players, and others, into their Archives/Fan Favorite products. Plus in 2005 it was one of the few products that was loaded with on card autographs. As a Cardinals fan this was one of my favorite cards from that year. I did not pull it from a pack, but I managed to snag a copy at a local card shop in St. Louis. So, who is Walt Jocketty?
He is currently the Reds GM, but ran the Cardinals from 1994 through the end of the 2007 season. Along the way he traded for some pretty fair players: Mark McGwire, Jim Edmonds, Scott Rolen, Edgar Renteria, and Mark Mulder. Don't forget he also signed Chris Carpenter off the Blue Jays trash heap. Pretty important GM for the Cardinals who helped them win the 2006 World Series.
This card is short printed, there are only 90 of them, but you can still find them floating around different places. The card has a really dark background, with the green dugout and Jocketty wearing a blue sport coat, so he signed all of the cards on the bottom. Not the best look for an autograph placement, but this card is still one of my favorites.