Monday, June 29, 2015


Earlier on this blog I created a 1979 "Traded" card for former double-threat Bobby Bonds showing him as a Cleveland Indian.
Today I post up a 1978 "Traded" card showing Bonds as a Chicago White Sox player, take a look:

Really is something how Bonds career went, especially the second half, when he played for seven teams in seven years.
Here's a guy that could slam homers, steal bases, and hit for a respectable average, yet couldn't find a home anywhere even though he was putting in all-star type seasons.
I have to admit I've never read any substantial stories as to the type of person he was, and if THAT was the main reason for his traveling act during his Major League career, but nevertheless the man seemed to be a guy you'd want in your line-up, no?
A five time 30/30 guy with two other "near-misses", he also fell one home run short in 1973 from becoming the first ever 40/40 guy, when he slammed 39 homers along with 43 stolen bases for the San Francisco Giants.
By the time his 14-year career was done, he totaled 332 home runs and 461 steals, along with three Gold Gloves and three all-star selections.
Even though he did put in a solid career, you have to wonder "what could have been" if he found a real home and was able to put in a career that was a bit longer.


  1. Looking back through my cards and your recent post about Gary Maddox makes me marvel at the number of great outfielders the Giants had in that era. Bonds, Gary Matthews, Garry Maddox and George Foster who blossomed later with the Reds. Not to mention Willie Mays who was winding down his career then.

  2. Very nice, if he had more team stability he could have been better I think.

    I wanted to point out the title says Barry though and not Bobby. I wasn't sure if you caught that.

    1. Nice catch! Thank you! Man I must ave missed that one a dozen times....ugh.

  3. I wonder if the reason he was moving around so much is because the teams didn't know what to do with him. It was obvious he was a talent, so they picked him up. But was he a leadoff hitter? a clean up hitter? He also struck out in huge numbers which was frustrating in the 70's.

    @Tony's first comment - The Giants kept coming up with talented outfielders, but when they didn't live up to the Mays standard, the team traded them away (much like the Mantle standard of the 70's Yankees). Then the Giants ended up guys like Terry Whitfield, Bill North, and Larry Herndon by the end of the decade.

  4. Bobby was Still Better than his Kid.

  5. Well done. It looks much better than his traded card in '78 O-Pee-Chee set.

  6. Bobby Bonds and Dave Kingman were the two guys I would wonder what team they would be on when I would start buying Topps baseball cards each spring. They never seemed to stay in the same place for more than a year and a half and their cards would almost always be "out of date" by the time I would pull them from a pack of Topps.

    1. Gio, it sounds like a new subset topic to me, lol. Multi-team cards for the same player in the same year.



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