1982 Topps Orioles Future Stars OR

1982 Topps Orioles Future Stars OR

1982 Topps Orioles Future Stars

If he's not quite right, there's a number at the bottom of it. Is it %? %1? %2? %3? It's the different shades of neon screaming "you're the future, buddy"! at me.


Design: The front of the 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken Jr. rookie card #98T shares the same design as the 1982 Topps regular set. It has a white border with two stripes going down the left side and curving to the bottom of the card. The position on this card says 3rd base, but Cal Ripken would become famous as a shortstop. In fact, after splitting time pretty evenly between 3rd and SS in 1982, he was almost exclusively a shortstop through the 1996 season.

The back of the 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken Jr. rookie card #98T is mostly red and printed on gray cardstock. The top of the card has a cartoon about Phil Niekro’s 200th complete game on the left and a fact about Willie Stargell on the right. Below that is the Topps logo, card number, Cal Ripken’s bio info, name, position, and complete minor and Major League stats. His minor league stats include numbers from Bluefield, Miami, Charlotte, and Rochester. The bottom of the card has a one-line highlight from Ripken’s 1982 season. (Source: www.rookiesportscards.com)


First, Robert Averill Bonner -- Bobby, as he is known in most places -- was a Texan by birth and was age 25 when this card went to press. He attended Texas A&M, and was selected by the Orioles in the third round of the 1978 June Draft. Bonner had been drafted twice before -- in the 10th round out of high school in 1974 by the Expos and after his junior year at A&M by the Royals in the 9th round. Immediately on signing, he was placed in the AA Southern League at Charlotte and struggled at the plate.

Bonner actually debuted for the Orioles as a 23-year-old in 1980, making four plate appearances in four games. He hit .296 over 27 at-bats in a 1981 stint with Baltimore, but even this small sample portended problems with his plate approach -- he walked only one time in 29 plate appearances. Bonner lasted just 4 seasons -- 1980 through 1984. He appeared in 61 games, had 108 at-bats, and had a slash line of .194/.219/259. He even tried his hand at pitching in the minors in 1984 -- he was drafted as a pitcher out of high school -- but that was scrapped after he made 4 unsuccessful appearances. Bonner appeared on cards in the 1982 Donruss set and in the 1983 Fleer set. (Source: 1982topps.blogspot.com)


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