Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Remembering 1992: Barry Bonds Highland Mint Bronze Rookie Card

Yesterday, the Pirates clinched the playoffs for the first time since 1992 (the same year they last had a winning record).  This year's Pirates squad has similar aspects to that same 1992 team.  The Pirates 1992 post season ended with throw from Barry Bonds that went just wide of homeplate, allowing Sid Bream to slide and score the winning run in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS.

Bonds went on to win the MVP that year (his second of his career) before departing from the Steel City to become a member of the San Fransisco Giants.  He finished his age 27 season with 109 runs, 34 homeruns, 39 stolen bases, 103 RBI, and .311 batting average while winning a gold glove and silver slugger.  That equaled a 9.0 WAR for the season.

I came across the above Highland Mint Bronze rookie card of Barry Bonds for $10.  I didn't want to take the card out of the case to scan it so I just used the image the seller had on ebay.  It's a nice looking card and is numbered 477 of 5,000 on the certificate.  The actual card itself is not numbered.  It was produced in 1993 so having only 5,000 available actually is pretty rare for that "junk wax", "everything is a collectible" era.

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