An Auto A Day … #3
They always say that catchers make the best managerial candidates.
Mike Matheny, a four-time Gold Glove catcher who spent 13 years as a Major Leaguer, essentially went straight from behind the plate to being on the top step of the dug out calling the shots. His career was cut short as a member of the San Francisco Giants after suffering a series of concussions. Now he’s the leader of St. Louis Cardinals, an organization that always to seems to find itself in the mix of things at the end of the season.
Matheny has a handful of rookie cards from 1994, including Bowman, Select, Sporftlics Rookie/Traded and Ultra. And like many other major leaguers from his time, he has really one certified autograph according to Beckett.com. He has a base 1996 Leaf Signature (shown here) along with two parallels of the same card. Beckett also shows him as being part of a 2014 Topps Triple Threads auto with Travis D’Arnaud and Ivan Rodriguez, although I haven’t seen any evidence of the card actually existing. If you’ve seen it, let me know.