Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TRADED: 1979 BOBBY BONDS

Today I want to post up a "Traded" 1979 card for power-and-speed threat Bobby Bonds. Take a look at my card:


Bonds was shown as a Texas Ranger in the '79 set, but was traded over to Cleveland in October during the off-season.
He'd spend one season in Cleveland and put up "typical" numbers: 25 home runs, 34 stolen bases, a .275 batting average with 93 runs scored.
Yet those solid numbers wouldn't be enough to prevent yet another trade which would send him to the St. Louis Cardinals for the 1980 season.
Ever since being traded from the San Francisco Giants for Bobby Murcer before the 1975 season Bonds found himself bouncing around for the remaining seven years of his career.
Between 1975 and 1981, a total of seven years, Bonds played for seven teams: the Yankees, Angels, White Sox, Rangers, Indians, Cardinals and Cubs.
It's a shame he could never keep it all together with all the talent he had, the man could have put up some serious career numbers!
As it was, he finished with 332 homers, 1024 runs batted in, 1258 runs scored and 461 stolen bases and even took home three Gold Gloves.
What an awesome combination of power and speed.
Five times he attained a 30/30 season, just missing out on becoming the first player in history to hit 40/40 in 1973 when he clubbed 39 homers with 43 swipes.
I remember him stating years later that if he knew it was going to be such a big deal he'd have done it multiple times. And I'm sure he could have too.

6 comments:

  1. Cool. Nice action shot, too. Now how about a '78 Topps Traded card of Bonds on the White Sox?

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  2. This happens a lot with the mid-1970's topps, and this is another instance, but Bobby has 2 Yankees cards 1975 and 1976, but only played with them for 1 year. It is slightly remedied by his inclusion in the 1976 topps Traded set. I wonder why topps wen away from the traded set for 1975...you could see if they hated the concept after 1974, but then why bring it back in 1976? Or if they brought it back in 1976 after missing it in 1975, but then why dump it again in 1977...very curious to me.

    A TRULY ambitious project would be to redo all of the crappy air brushed cards from 1975 and 1977 and add a Traded set for each. There you go Gio...now you will be busy until 2025. :)

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    1. I've wondered the same thing myself. Maybe there were a large number of trades just prior to the 1974 season and this was a way to fix it. Was 1973 or 1974 the first year of issuing all cards at once?

      Then there was a long gap between 1976 and the first boxed Traded set in 1981.

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  3. You could make an entire series of Bobby Bonds traded cards.

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  4. Another reason why I like this card is because very few players who are depicted on the Cleveland Indians in the '79 Topps are worth collecting individually -- take Buddy Bell, for example. In other words, virtually everyone who's on the Indians in the '79 set is a common player.

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