September 23, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker (55) connects for a double against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

The Rally Squirrel gets a Rookie Card?!?


This is just beyond crazy. The Rally Squirrel is getting its own rookie card according to Beckett Magazine. But it’s not a card with the squirrel’s name on it. Instead, it’s one that features the name of Skip Schumaker so it’s not a rookie card in the traditional sense since it appears to be a short print. Crazy, right?

I collect baseball cards. I have for several years. Although, with what does seem to be gazillion brands releasing new sets every year along with a countless number of inserts and autographs, I’ve cut down to mainly team sets of the St. Louis Cardinals or select rookie cards. I have to refrain from pointing my browser towards Ebay because of the binge purchasing that always comes with a visit.

I could understand Topps or other brands going with the idea of a traditional insert card that is focused on the rally squirrel rather than just taking over a Skip Schumaker card. It would create a market on Ebay if it were just an insert but prices would not be anywhere close to the market that we are seeing right now. I’m sorry but I just don’t see myself forking over close to $300 for such a card.

What’s really interesting is that Beckett teased just the mere idea of giving the squirrel its own card last November.

Beckett even reports on some of the early sales and also features Schumaker’s own reaction to the short-print version of his card, which he called “just ridiculous.”

Would you rather shell out close to $300 for the Rally Squirrel card by buying it on Ebay right now or would you be willing to wait until the summer when sales die down, and go down to earth? Or would you do nothing and just save money altogether?

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  • DolphRudager

    I’d save my money & save a picture of the card. I find just saving a picture on numerous ebay visits has saved me a ton of money. Tho novelty cards is nothing new. I remember the hoopla of a Michael Jordan card of him taking batting practice at Old Comiskey Park; Bo Jackson’s shoulder pads Score B&W card, Nolan Ryan throwing a football Upper Deck, etc.

    I’m still kicking myself for not selling my Ben McDonald rookie cards when they were $3.25 or my Kevin Maas rookies when they were a $1. I got out of that crazy world after the 1992 set. Wasted way too many $1 bills on the 1990 & 1991 sets.

  • DolphRudager

    I’d save my money & save a picture of the card. I find just saving a picture on numerous ebay visits has saved me a ton of money. Tho novelty cards is nothing new. I remember the hoopla of a Michael Jordan card of him taking batting practice at Old Comiskey Park; Bo Jackson’s shoulder pads Score B&W card, Nolan Ryan throwing a football Upper Deck, etc.

    I’m still kicking myself for not selling my Ben McDonald rookie cards when they were $3.25 or my Kevin Maas rookies when they were a $1. I got out of that crazy world after the 1992 set. Wasted way too many $1 bills on the 1990 & 1991 sets.

  • http://yardsellr.com/yardsale/John-Weitzman-124454 johnwvideo

    It just another gimic card from Topps, its not an insert, it is a limited edition like a SP. I saw the actual count on Topps last week , could not find it today.. Your right its $300 and up, only a fool with money would pay that. Topps did however make a real Skip card with him in full body, so its not a total insult to Skip !

    They have done this over the years like some that DolphR said, one big one they did back on 07 was Jeter, with Mickey Mantle in the dug out and George Busch inn the stands, that card went for same price and settled down to $5 to $20 today..

    Like you Daniel, I cut my collection to Cardinals and rookie cards, though the Rookies can be of many great players and ALL Cardinal Rookies and prospects. Never know if another Alebrt will come along.. My wish. !! How I ended up with so many of Albert s RC cards..

  • http://yardsellr.com/yardsale/John-Weitzman-124454 johnwvideo

    It just another gimic card from Topps, its not an insert, it is a limited edition like a SP. I saw the actual count on Topps last week , could not find it today.. Your right its $300 and up, only a fool with money would pay that. Topps did however make a real Skip card with him in full body, so its not a total insult to Skip !

    They have done this over the years like some that DolphR said, one big one they did back on 07 was Jeter, with Mickey Mantle in the dug out and George Busch inn the stands, that card went for same price and settled down to $5 to $20 today..

    Like you Daniel, I cut my collection to Cardinals and rookie cards, though the Rookies can be of many great players and ALL Cardinal Rookies and prospects. Never know if another Alebrt will come along.. My wish. !! How I ended up with so many of Albert s RC cards..