Monday, May 20, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2006 Topps #100 Barry Bonds

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, May 20, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2006 Topps #100.
  • Player Name, position, team: Barry Bonds, outfielder, San Francisco Giants.
  • Major League Debut: April 20, 1986.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2005 stats (Giants): 14 G, 42 AB, 8 R, 12 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 0 SB, 9 BB, 6 SO, .667 SLG, 1.071 OPS, .286 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Giants #1st, June 1985. Signed with the Giants as a Free Agent 12/08/1992. Bats: left. Throws: left.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 23. This is his twenty-second Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: n/a.
  • Commentary: As with the time his 2003 All-Star card was featured as a Card of the Day, I am not going to discuss the controversies, the scandals, the court trials for this reason: I am no expert on any of those things and so much has been written already about them, there is no need for me to repeat them or add anything that hasn't already been speculated on about the career of Barry Bonds. Instead, today's post will just be a brief review about his 2005 and 2006 seasons. After winning his fourth consecutive NL MVP award (and his seventh total...this would be his final one), his 2005 season was marred by a knee injury, multiple surgeries, and lenghty rehab. He did return in September, and the numbers you see in the "Last Line of Statistics" were his totals for the month. While it did put a dent in his quest to break the home run record, his 2006 season would make up for lost time. Even at 41 years of age heading into the 2006 season, Bonds still showed that he could hit...and hit well. Yes, he hit .270 with 26 home runs and 77 rbi's, the first time since his arrival in the Bay Area that he hit lows in both categories (not counting the 2005 season), but he still was a feared hitter, so much so that he led the league again in walks with 115, which contributed to a league leading .454 OBP. In 2006, he would pass Babe Ruth for second on the All-Time HR list, and Hank Aaron for the NL record for homers. It wouldn't be until August 7, 2007 that he would finally break the MLB record, hitting his 756th home run against the Washington Nationals. Barry Bonds would retire from the game after the 2007 season. He finishes as MLB's all-time leader in homers (762), walks (2558), and intentional passes (688).
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.40-$1.00.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 167 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1989 Topps Traded #108T. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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