Thursday, August 19, 2010

Cards That Never Were #36

1982 Topps Traded - Ron Kittle

Ron made his MLB debut on September 2, 1982 and appeared in twenty games that season. The next season, Kitty would be the American League Rookie of the Year and appear in his only All-Star Game. He would also set a club rookie record for home runs in a season, with 35, which still stands.

Kittle's spectacular rookie season is one of the main reasons why he is still a fan favorite today. Ron would continue to be popular enough throughout his ten year career that the White Sox signed him as a free agent twice after he was traded to the Yankees in 1986.

Three card companies missed four opportunities to include the up and coming Kittle in one of their sets in 1982. The most likely entry would have been the traded set put out by Topps. This card should help rectify that mistake.

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