Happy Todd Van Poppel Day. This is the day that we Braves fans celebrate the former consensus #1 pick, who convinced Atlanta brass that he fully intended on pitching for the University of Texas. The rest, as they say, is history.
With the MLB amateur draft beginning today I thought it would be fun to feature a card of my favorite #1 overall draft pick of all time, Mr. Chipper Jones.
Now, lest you think I'm just biased (and I am!), ESPN recently had a feature by David Shoenfield in which he ranked the #1 picks from worst pick to greatest pick. And though there were plenty of good choices for the top spot, Shoenfield picked the man who was the first draft pick of the nineties.
I've featured this card previously on the blog, so you'll have to excuse the repeat. It's just that the photo on the front is about as good as it gets- it has an old-timey feel and we love those old-school poses here at the Card Chop.
If the back of this card looks familiar, that's because it's from the same photo shoot that Topps used on Chipper's 1992 Bowman card (It is a different photo than the one the company used on the Bowman card). You can insert your own 'redundant use of photos' joke here.