Yes, I am almost certain that I was the only person that was stoked when I saw these two cards pop up together on Ebay. And I’m pretty sure I am one of the few people on this planet excited to have these two cards arrive in my mailbox.
That’s right boys and girls, straight from the 1996 Leaf Signature Set are autographed cards from former San Diego Padres Archi Cianfrocco and Doug Bochtler. If you are asking yourself, “Who????”, then you are obviously not a Padres fan.
Bochtler was a reliever who had a pretty successful 3 year stint with the Padres. Archi was a 1st baseman. He had the privilege of being the guy who replaced Fred McGriff after the fire sale of ’93. Even though the team was pretty bad when during this time, I loved watching Padres-Cubs games on WGN. Listening to Harry Caray try and pronounce “Cianfrocco” was priceless.
1996 Leaf Signature. One of the best autograph sets of all time. Why? Because it didn’t focus just on superstars. The checklist was filled with almost anyone that wore a Major League uniform. And the autographs were all on-card. I really wish a card company would step up and make a similar set today.