Category Archives: Tony Gwynn Collection

Tony Gwynn 1994 Fleer Ultra

Tony Gwynn 1994 Fleer Ultra

While his eyes may be shielded from our site due his wearing of his Oakley Blades, there is not doubt in my mind that Tony Gwynn’s 20/20 vision is firmly locked in on the ball that he has put into play with this swing.

Take a look:

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You agree, don’t you?!?!

After all, he was the master of dissecting the incoming pitch so I am fairly certain that he was also pretty good at watching it leave too…

Tony Gwynn 1995 Bazooka Baseball Card

Tony Gwynn 1995 Bazooka Baseball Card

It’s not often that you see Tony Gwynn swinging for the fences, but that appears to be what he is doing in the image from this 1995 Bazooka baseball card.

Have a look:

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Gwynn connected for 3,141 hits during his 20-year major league career.  He has 135 lifetime home runs.  Just 4.29% of his hits left the field.  And still, he was the most feared hitter in the game during his 20-year reign as the game’s best hitter.

Tony Gwynn 2000 Topps Gallery

Tony Gwynn 2000 Topps Gallery

I’ve always been a big fan of baseball cards that feature an image of the player signing autographs inside the stadium or ballpark.  I find it a neat way to celebrate the player.  And while many in today’s game only do it when a camera is on them, guys like Tony Gwynn more than likely did it because they wanted to.

Imagine being in the right field stands perched right behind third base and #19 is headed your way.

What a truly great experience that would be and surely one that the lucky fans who were able to meet Mr. Gwynn will never forget.

This card of Tony Gwynn from the 2000 Topps Gallery set is a fantastic reminder that Gwynn was the consummate professional, and a very fan-friendly player and ambassador for the game.

A great addition to my collection!

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Tony Gwynn 1995 Leaf

Tony Gwynn 1995 Leaf

Often overlooked because he was such a dominant hitter during his playing days, but Tony Gwynn was a stellar defender during his early playing days.

Between the 1986 and 1991 baseball seasons, Gwynn captured 4 Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence in the outfield.  And as a National League outfielder, he had some major competition for those honors – Andre Dawson, Dale Murphy, Eric, Davis, Darryl Strawberry to name a few.

A truly gifted all-around baseball player, Tony Gwynn could do it all!  And then some…

I’m happy to see Leaf honored and celebrated Gwynn’s ability to play the outfield so well with this card from their 1995 set.

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Enjoy.

1997 HEADLINE: Tony Gwynn Wins 8th & Final Batting Title Of His Career

1997 HEADLINE: Tony Gwynn Wins 8th & Final Batting Title Of His Career

On this day in 1997, Tony Gwyn won the 8th and final batting championship of his career.  This title also put him at the top of the all-time list with the legendary Honus Wagner for the most in a career.

Taking a look back, Gwynn’s numbers are staggering:

Year # of Hits Average
1984 213 0.351
1987 218 0.370
1988 163 0.313
1989 203 0.336
1994 165 0.394
1995 197 0.368
1996 159 0.353
1997 220 0.372

That’s classic stuff right there – and the fact that he did that over a 14-season span is remarkable.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to Hall of Famer, Tony Gwynn!!!

Tony Gwynn 1996 Topps ‘Star Power’

Tony Gwynn 1996 Topps ‘Star Power’

Without a doubt, Tony Gwynn brought the ‘Star Power’ to the sport of baseball during his playing days.

Gwynn was a low-key superstar, playing for a team in a small market.  He did not get a lot of national coverage, sponsors, or commercial endorsements.

What he did get was respect from each and every player he played with and against.  Gwynn was a consummate professional and he would not be out-worked.  His ability to focus on the situation and study the scenario put him in place for the discussion of ‘Best Hitter Of All-Time’.

This is a card from the 1996 Topps baseball card set.  The card is from a subset tagged as ‘Star Power’.

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I’m going to have to seek out the full checklist for this set.  For me, it could have been a 1-card set that solely featured #19, but I am certain that is not the case.

Still, could be a fun one to review and check out as the graphics are pretty neat.

Tony Gwynn 1988 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

Tony Gwynn 1988 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’

As I go back to collecting the superstars of my youth, it is fun to be able to revisit the cards and brands from that time.

Beyond the main card companies like Topps, Fleer, Donruss, and Score – 1988 was full of ‘extras’ from all kinds of companies that wanted in on a piece of the collecting buzz of the time.

KayBee Toystore was one of many companies that partnered up with Topps to produce cards with their branding.  The cards look nice, feature decent graphics, and almost always showcased the best players in the game.

This is the Tony Gwynn card from the 1988 KayBee ‘Superstars Of Baseball’ set.

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Enjoy.