Sunday, May 16, 2010

Cards That Never Were #26

1978 Topps - Bobby Bonds

Sure. There are plenty of Bobby Bonds cards from 1978. Topps has one on the Angels. O-Pee-Chee has the same picture of Bobby on a White Sox card. The problem is that it's the same close up head shot of Bonds in an Angels uniform. It's better, but not good enough.

Bobby Bonds' career in a White Sox uniform lasted one Spring Training and 26 regular season games before he was shipped off to Texas for Claudell Washington and Rusty Torres. Despite performing well, Bonds never quite fit in during his stay with the White Sox.

Sadly, Bobby is now a mere footnote. Blessed with speed and power, Bonds was a player born before his time. If Bobby had his prime during the eighties, it's likely that he would have been a bigger star and perhaps mentioned with the likes of Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines.

This card should correct a glaring error in a solid career.

5 comments:

unclemoe said...

Digging that black Sox jacket.

moe.

gcrl said...

very nice, although i am partial to the o-pee-chee card...

Vonnoosh said...
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Vonnoosh said...

Do you have any plans to make a White Sox card for the 1977 hired guns Richie Zisk and Oscar Gamble or a '78 Topps card for Larry Doby? None of them ever made it onto a card as White Sox players (though Doby was on one as a player) because Veeck only kept them around for a single year.

White Sox Cards said...

The Gamble and Doby card are definitely in the pipeline. Zisk is a toss up, since he had a 1977 Topps Cloth card with the White Sox, but it's always a possibility.

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