I did not touch any packs of Topps Archives Signature this year, but I do have a few cards from the set that I have picked up over the past month or two since the product first hit the shelves of my local card shop. There were some interesting selections in the set as far as Cardinals cards go since most of them are probably better known for wearing some other uniform. Take it a step further, their Cardinals years were not very kind.
There are four of them, and I do not have them all yet, but I am getting close. I am going to start off tonight with my favorite out of the bunch...
The Big Cat.
Galarraga only spent one season on the Cardinals and broke his hand on a hit by pitch in one of the first games of the season. He never quite recovered and had one of the worst seasons of his career. The Cardinals let him go, the Rockies signed him, and the rest is history.
Obviously the majority of Galarraga cards in the set are Expos and Rockies cards, but Topps always manages to squeeze into Archives Signatures those brief stops during a player's career that's fans my not always remember well. I am not sure how many people remember Big Cat on the Cardinals, and even though it was not his best year, I have always liked Galarraga and am happy to own this card.