ST. LOUIS - The famous Rally Squirrel that darted across the field while Skip Schumaker was batting last October surfaced again Monday when his trading card sold for 157.50 on EBay.
The card - a 2012 Topps Baseball Variation Proof Card - made headlines in January when it was announced that a limited number of Schumakers cards would prominently feature the squirrel and not the Cardinals utility man.
A regular Schumaker Topps 2012 trading card can be purchased on EBay for just 1. But not the card he shares with the squirrel, which opened at 9.95 on Oct. 21 and saw 11 bids and a flurry to the finish before the auction ended Monday evening.
Despite the card saying Skip Schumaker, only a small portion of his leg and shoe are visible on the card as the squirrel darts across the plate.
The Rally Squirrel debuted during the Division Series last year, delaying Game 3 when he ran across the field. He became famous the next night in Game 4, when he returned and darted across home plate just as Phillies pitcher Roy Oswalt was preparing to throw a pitch.
The Cardinals won Games 4 and 5 to stun the Phillies and advance to the NLCS before eventually winning the World Series last fall. Cardinals fans immediately fell in love with the Rally Squirrel and the team store at Busch Stadium began selling Rally Squirrel shirts, stuffed squirrels and other related items for the duration of their playoff run.
Rally towels handed to fans during playoff games in later rounds featured the Rally Squirrel and a playoff commercial produced by Major League Baseball even highlighted his dash across home plate.
The winning bidder of Mondays auction seemed determined to walk away with the squirrels card. He made three bids on the final day, including the final bid of 157.50 with just ten minutes left.
But those that missed out have another chance at the famous card. A second auction for a Schumaker Rally Squirrel card is underway on EBay with a high bid off 59.99 as of Tuesday morning. Bidding ends on Nov. 11.