Friday, August 12, 2022

Farewell, Edmundo Sosa

A trade envelope featuring a couple of autographs and an embedded coin. 
The Cardinals bid farewell to Edmundo Sosa last month before the trade deadline, a backup shortstop who had been in the organization since he signed as a sixteen year old more than a decade ago. Sosa finally found regular playing time with the Cardinals for the first time in 2021 and even won the starting shortstop job over a faltering Paul DeJong down the stretch. He couldn't repeat his success this year and was having a hard time even finding at-bats when he was dealt to make room for, you guessed it, Paul DeJong.

Cards as I See Them (gcrl) sent me the Sosa autograph and some other Cardinals goodies in an envelope last May, and I'm just getting around to them now. Let's check out a few more.

Last year's Donruss Diamond Kings design (not to be confused with the Diamond Kings set) featured Jack Flaherty making a weird face.

In 2020, the manufactured relic item of choice for Topps flagship sets was an embedded coin. These ended up being a lot heavier than what they've put into the blaster boxes of the past couple of years.

Here's another pesky '90s parallel down. There are many to go.

You can tell that this photo isn't from the current season, because Yadi has been sporting some seriously glowy yellow pads on his arms lately.

Jon Jay retired back in April, so the timing on this really fancy Topps Tribute signature card was pretty exquisite. I really need to figure out which players from the 2011 team I am still lacking autographs from.


  1. It's a good thing that his name is on the card, because I never would've gotten "Jon Jay" from that signature.

  2. Manufactured relic cards always seemed a strange concept to me, but looking at that coin version I can't say I'm not intrigued.

  3. One would figure Jon Jay would have a pretty cool autograph, being his short name and all would mean he'd have time to perfect his signature.


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