Category Archives: Expos Autographs

Expos Auto: Milton Bradley #3

2005 Prime Patches

I was shocked to realize I’d never featured this card on this site before. I won this on eBay late last summer, and always meant to get around to it, but I guess the site went dark before I could get to it. I remember getting it for ridiculously cheap and feeling like I’d gotten one hell of a steal. The significance of 7/19/00 is that it was Bradley’s MLB debut. I think it’s weird that they didn’t make a note of it anywhere on the card – why have him sign it that way if you’re not going to feature it in the card somehow? My only guess is that it was for an idea that didn’t pan out.

By the way, he went 3-for-5 in that game. Auspicious debut!

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Expos Auto: Claudio Vargas

2002 Select Rookies and Prospects

This is another auto that I pulled from a repack box, though at the time I wasn’t collecting Expos, so I just tossed in a card holder. Vargas never really lived up to what was expected of him, but he was serviceable up until he got injured. Ever since then he seems to have kind of been inconsistent, bouncing from team to team. He looks to have been good for Milwaukee last season, but absolutely abysmal this season. Oh, well. This was a pretty great set, and I’d love to try to complete it some day.

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Expos Auto: Shane Andrews

1996 Leaf Certified Signature

1996 Leaf Certified Signature

So, I was wondering…just how good of a prospect was Shane Andrews? Not that great, honestly. If you look at the average of his years leading up to his ML debut, he had a .239/.360/.426 line. I’m a bit surprised, honestly. I thought the slugging would be higher and the obp way lower. Now, about his strikeout totals, which I remember being the big rap on him….well, on the surface, a legit concern, but when you dig deeper,┬áhe averaged about 138 whiffs per season in an average of 514 PAs, or about one K every .27 PAs. I don’t know about you, but with that OBP, that’s an acceptable risk.

So…Shane Andrews…a proto Jack Cust? It would seem that way. Too bad his major league career didn’t quite work out that way.

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Expos Auto: Josh Girdley

Realized I missed this one in my Girdley expose.

Girdley Auto

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Expos Auto: Marquis Grissom

1994 Upper Deck SP

1994 Upper Deck SP

This is one of my favorite autographs in my collection. I know getting a Grissom is tough in the first place, which adds some prestige to it. I also like the card, and the autograph just looks sweet with that picture. Good stuff.

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Expos Auto: Everett Stull

1996 Best Autographs

1996 Best Autographs

I’ve covered Stull as a failed prospect before, so I just wanted to show his auto here.

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Expos Auto: Rheal Cormier

1996 Leaf Signature

1996 Leaf Signature

I don’t know how, but somehow I forgot that Rheal Cormier had been an Expo. I always associated him with the Cardinals, the team with which he started. But yes, Cormier was an eminently mediocre starter for the Expos in 1996 and part of 1997 before getting traded to the Red Sox (another team for which I remember him playing).

I was actually quite surprised to see that he had a fairly productive 16-season career; I certainly never expected him to get that far back in the early 90s. Good for him.

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Michael Barrett: The Early Years

I realized last night that I have a considerable collection of cards from Michael Barrett’s early career.

  1999 Team Best Autographs

1999 Team Best Autographs

1998 Arizona Fall League Prospects Gold

1998 Arizona Fall League Prospects Gold

1998 Bowman

1998 Bowman

1998 Bowman Chrome

1998 Bowman Chrome

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Expos Auto: Rondell White

Marty Cordova is on the flipside.

Marty Cordova is on the flipside.

I won this 1997 Stadium Club Co-Signers card on the cheap on eBay back in 2003 or 2004, when I was getting back into the hobby. I was on an autograph mission during that period, and the chance to get the autograph of a player who was one of my most valued prospects in the early 90s was just too much, especially for such a cheap price.

The card itself is kind of nice…I’m not crazy about the rainbow effect on it, and I wonder long-term about having autographs on both sides, but it is kind of a cool little interest piece. Also interesting that White would later play with the Twins after Cordova was gone.

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Expos Auto: Zach Day

Zach Day

Here’s the rare Expos/Nats auto that I actually pulled from a pack. I got this from a blaster box back in 2004, and though I wasn’t an Expos fan at the time, I still thought it was a pretty cool card, even for a sticker auto. I think it’s because the sticker actually fits with the way the card looks; the metallic theme carries over. Even if Zach Day didn’t amount to much, I still value this card.

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