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, he 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.
Realized I missed this one in my Girdley expose.
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.
1996 Best Autographs
I’ve covered Stull as a failed prospect before, so I just wanted to show his auto here.
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.
I realized last night that I have a considerable collection of cards from Michael Barrett’s early career.
1999 Team Best Autographs
1998 Arizona Fall League Prospects Gold
1998 Bowman Chrome
Lots and lots of Brad Wilkerson.
2003 Topps Total (autographed)
2004 Bazooka Comics
2003 Upper Deck MVP
2004 Playoff Honors
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.
This is one of my favorite hand-signed cards in my collection (i.e., not pulled). I got it from an eBay auction of Expos autos, and even if I’m not 100% sure of its authenticity, for the price I paid I don’t really care – and it looks good.
As I’m watching the All Star game, I thought I’d post a few Expos and Nationals All -Stars from over the years…
Moises Alou, 1994
Pedro Martinez, 1995-1997
Mark Grudzielanek, 1996
Vladimir Guerrero, 1999 – 2002
Jose Vidro, 2000, 2002-2003
Livan Hernandez, 2004-2005
Chad Cordero, 2005
Alfonso Soriano, 2006
Dmitri Young, 2007
Cristian Guzman, 2008
And of course, Ryan Zimmerman tonight. God this team needs some more All-Stars.