Monday, April 29, 2013

The Runt of my Cardboard Family

I often neglect to give my Montreal Expos PC the attention it deserves.  While I routinely add cards to my Oakland A's and San Diego Padres PC's... the Expos seem to get lost in the shuffle and as a result doesn't grow as fast as the others.

But recently, I've made a conscious effort to add new items and show it the appreciation it deserves.  Check out the latest additions to my Expos collection:

2004 Fleer Greats of the Game

Le Grand Orange
was played in Montreal from 1969 to 1971 and represented the Expos in the all-star game all three years.  He briefly played for them again in 1979 before getting shipped off to Texas.

2012 Topps Archives

El Presidente had some of his best years playing in Montreal.  Like Staub, he represented the Expos three times in the MLB All-Star game and in 1991, he led the National League in ERA, completed games, and shutouts.

1974 Topps

Ken Singleton played for the Expos from 1972 to 1974 with a .285 batting average and 46 home runs.  Unfortunately he only has 14 cards that feature him in his Expos uniform and none of them are autographed.  So this card represents the only non-certified autograph in my Expos PC.  I'm not worried about it though, since I acquired it from Dion... who got it signed in person.


2012 Topps Archives #SR

He might not be Captain America, but this particular Steve Rogers is a hero in the eyes of many Expos fans.  His 393 games started, 158 wins, 129 complete games, 37 shutouts, and 1,621 strikeouts are the most in franchise history.

On the flipside, he also holds most of the undesirable franchise pitching records as well:  walks, home runs allowed, wild pitches, and losses.

Now I can finally focus on finding the last certified autograph I've been wanting to add to this collection:

2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites #JRE

If anyone has one available for trade, I'd love to work something out.


Happy Monday and sayonara!

12 comments:

  1. Great stuff, those are all really interesting autos. Nice to see the Expos get some love!

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  2. Nice, Fuji. Those first three guys, Staub, Denny Martinez and Ken Singleton were among my favorites. The O's made a great trade to get Singleton.

    I was lucky enough to have seen a game at Jarry Park in 1969. What a fun experience that was.

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    1. That's awesome. I'm sure I've watched them at Candlestick... but I can only imagine watching them at Jarry Park or Olympic Stadium.

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  3. Steve Rogers was at a local card show this weekend. I didn't take part of the signing, but he seemed like a real good guy. Talked for a long time to anyone who wanted, discussing specific games and Gary Carter etc. He wore an Expos jacket.

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    1. Very cool. Do you remember how much they charged for his autographs?

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  4. Expos cards are always really cool to find. Love the Rusty Staub autograph!

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  5. Maybe it's identification with the agressor (Rusty always seemed to kill the Cubs) but I've always liked him. My tri-color fitted Expos cap is one of my oldest and one of my favorites to wear.

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    1. The logo is one of the main reasons I collect them. Great design and color scheme.

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  6. oh sweet jesus that staub card is fantastic. i had a soft spot for montreal as my dad attended mcgill. staub was my favorite expo, even though he didn't play for them anymore when i started collecting.

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    1. Staub on the Expos was before my time... but his place in Expos history can't be overlooked. As for collecting... I didn't start collecting them until years after they played their final game.

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  7. Very Cool! It's nice to see some Expos here and there.

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