Who is this? former Houston Astros outfielder James Mouton What is this? An autograph insert card from the 1994 Signature Rookies set Where'd I get it? I bought it from a dealer at the local baseball card show last year. How much did it cost? $1
Why is this so special? While there had been some attempts at autographed insert cards before Signature Rookies came onto the scene in 1994, they took it to a new level. Every pack had an autograph of a prospect who you hoped would be the next Ken Griffey Jr.
James Mouton may not be a household name for most baseball fans, but he had a better career than many who signed cards for Signature Rookies. He spent parts of 8 seasons in the big leagues as a part-time outfielder, mostly for the Houston Astros. He stole 109 bases despite having only 386 hits during his major league career.
Mouton had a very legible autograph when he signed this card... though I wonder how it looked by the time he reached card #5,250.
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