75 posts and I finally get around to showing off my favorite autographed Tony Gwynn card. It’s from the 2004 Topps Originals set. Basically, the concept of Topps Originals was that Topps would take some of their older cards, have them autographed (on card, not on stickers), and encase them in an acrylic protector. A pretty sweet concept and it makes a creative and profitable use of overproduced 80′s era cards.
This card happens to be a 1984 Topps card that was autographed by Mr. Padre and certified by Topps. It features a rather svelte Gwynn in the garish but memorable “taco” colored uniform. While the uniform doesn’t win many fashion awards, it has a place in the heart of many Padre fans because this was the uniform of arguably the best season in Padres history. This would also be the final year for this uniform as the Padres would switch to their brown pinstripe uniform the following season.
Why is this my favorite Gwynn auto? First, it’s an on-card autograph, which is always a plus. Second, it comes from one of the best designs of the 80′s. Gotta love those head shots. Third, you can just imagine that Gwynn is looking to his future of 3141 hits, a .338 lifetime average, and induction to the Hall of fame on the first ballot while he is swinging away on the on deck circle. Either that or he’s mentally devising ways to humiliate whoever dared to pitch to him that day. And of course, 1984 happens to be the year that I first began to really follow baseball and when I became a Padres fanatic. Yes, I suffered through years of futile Padres seasons because of the magic that the 1984 team conjured that fall.