In the bottom of the fifth inning of a Cardinals’ victory against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 4 of the NL Division Series, a squirrel darted across the Busch Stadium field just as Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt delivered a pitch to Schumaker.
The squirrel, which became a rallying rodent for Cardinals players and fans during St. Louis’ remarkable run to a World Series title, appears on a Topps 2012 card along with Schumaker’s foot.
According to Beckett Baseball, which covers the collecting business, the card is “one of a few surprise short-printed variation cards to be found in the product, so it’s not really a Rookie Card—but it should be one that commands attention from collectors.” Full story here.
You may think all of this is a bit nutty, but the first eBay auction to end showed the card commanding $319.95 via a Buy it Now. The first auctioned copy of the card is set to end on Tuesday afternoon and stands at a mere $611.99 after 25 bids. See ESPN story.