The San Diego Padres used their third round pick of the 1981 Amateur Baseball Draft to select Tony Gwynn out of San Diego State University. Gwynn breezed right through the minors (21 homeruns, 109 RBI, .347 batting average in 175 minor league games) and made his MLB Debut in 1982. In 1984, Gwynn won hit first MLB Batting Title (.351 Batting Average) and led the Padres to their first National League Pennant in team history. Over the next 17 seasons, Gwynn developed into one of the purest hitters in baseball history. He won three consecutive NL batting titles from 1987 - 1989 and four more from 1994 - 1997. This included MLB batting titles in 1987, 1994, 1995 and 1997. Gwynn collected 3,141 hits over his twenty year career and his .338 career batting average is the highest career average for any player since 1960. He was one of the nicest players you could ever meet and he will be missed.
Tony Gwynn Rookie Cards and Minor League Cards
1982 TCMA Tony Gwynn #10: Part of a 25 card set, the front of the card features Tony in the Hiawaii Islanders (AAA) uniform while the back of the card features his stats from 1981 when he was with the Walla Padres (A) and Amarilo Gold Sox (AA).
1983 Topps Tony Gwynn #482: This is probably Gwynn's most famous rookie card out there. The front of the card features Tony in his Padres uniform. He has just collected one of his first career hits and is running towards first base. The back of the card features stats from his minor league years and the 54 MLB games he played in 1982. It also mentions how he went 2 for 4, with an RBI and a run during his MLB Debut on 7/19/1982.
1983 O-Pee-Chee Tony Gwynn #143: At first glance, the O-Pee-Chee card looks exactly like the Topps Cards. The use the same image on the front and have the same stats on the back. Other than the O-Pee-Chee logo, the main difference is that Gwynn's position is listed in both English and French; "Outfielder/ Voltigeur."
1983 Fleer Tony Gwynn #360: The front of the card features Tony in his Padres uniform holding a bat up against his shoulder. The photo looks as though it was taken prior a game starting. It also includes the first team logo in Padres history (Frior Swinging a Bat). The back of the card features stats from his minor league years and the 54 MLB games he played in 1982. It also points out that the very first batter in Padres history was Rafael Robles.
1983 Donruss Tony Gwynn #598: The front of the card features Tony in his Padres uniform holding a bat up against his shoulder. The photo looks as though it was taken during a game since he is wearing a helmet. The back of the card only includes stats from the 1982 season.
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