Ah, the promise this card once represented.
First off, it’s a genuine autograph numbered to 7,750, which actually seemed pretty cool and limited back in 1994.
And of course, it’s the left-handed vertex of Generation K, that pitching triforce that was supposed to bring the Mets a decade of pennants and parades.
Long ago this was a binder card, living the good life beneath PVC-free sheets with the Ryans and the Ripkens. Now my copy sits somewhere in an 800-count box.
And not a good 800-count box. More like a 13-19, 5.19 ERA 800-count box.
Signature Rookies was one of the 4th-tier brands that proliferated in the early to mid ’90s. These guys certainly were not Topps, and they weren’t Donruss, Fleer, Upper Deck, or even Score either.
In the Jackson family of card manufacturers, they were Rebbie.
The company appears to have folded up shop by 1998 or so, by which time Bill Pulsipher had been moved to Milwaukee for Luis Lopez. Bill lingered in the bigs until 2001, and then popped up briefly again in 2005, pitching four innings for the Cardinals.
He still haunts the independent leagues to this day– he’s spent the last couple of years with the Somerset Patriots.
And I still haven’t decided whether his persistence is foolish or heroic.
When all is said and done, it’s probably a little bit of both…