Featured cards: 2009 Topps Triple Threads Autograph Relics #TTAR-134; 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom Autograph Relics #TSAR-JW
Last week I wrote about my desire to see more Phillies autograph cards featuring Curt Schilling or Jim Thome. There’s one name I’d like to add to that short list: Jayson Werth. Unfortunately, given that he’s still active and with the Nationals, there’s no additional Phillies autograph cards in the foreseeable future. When he does retire, I suppose there’s a chance we might see a few such cards once again picturing him with the Phillies, but I just don’t see much chance of that happening.
It’s rather amazing how few easily attainable autograph cards there are from Werth’s time with the Phils. Mind you, there are plenty of certified autograph cards out there if you don’t mind picking one up from his days as a prospect bouncing around Blue Jays, Orioles and Dodgers organizations, but if you’re like me and only collect Phillies cards then your options are fairly limited. Outside of possibly his 2007 Elements Elemental Autographs card (for which there was no stated print run), all of Werth’s Phillies autograph cards bear rather limited print runs. I’ve managed to acquire four of them, including the Elemental Autographs, but chances of my picking up any additional ones are pretty slim.
One final note: I’ve never understood the animosity displayed by a portion of the Phillies towards Werth since his signing with the Nationals. The Phillies made it very clear that they weren’t interested in bringing him back at the price he was asking, and then the Nats came along and offered significantly more than he wanted from the Phillies. I just guess there’s an mentality to being a “true fan” I never properly developed.