Thursday, December 16, 2010

2004 Topps Total, Robin Ventura

#101 Robin Ventura

In 2007, my dad and I made our first trip to Omaha for the College World Series. It has since become a yearly tradition for us, but there is one lesson I learned in 2007 that I will never forget- don't go to the CWS without something for Robin Ventura to sign. That year, I got some signed 8x10s of Fred Lynn, Steve Carlton, and Ozzie Smith. All three of them signed at the AT&T booth and the 8x10s were provided. Robin also signed during the opening weekend, but he signed at the State Farm booth and they didn't have any 8x10s to sign. Since I didn't have anything worth signing with me, I skipped Robin. But every year since, I always have a couple of his cards with me just in case (since he is the color commentator for ESPN) and so far, I have this one card to show for it.

I got this card signed at the CWS in 2008. At the time, I didn't realize that there was an online list of all the people that would be signing at the CWS. So I dug out some cards of former players that were helping out with ESPN's coverage of the Super Regionals and I took them with me just in case. Well, Robin ended up signing that year at the AT&T booth and I was prepared. I have taken cards of Robin with me every year since, but this is still the only one that I have got signed.

If it wasn't for this card, I probably would not remember Robin ever playing for the Dodgers.

This is the second Robin Ventura card that I have posted on here. I posted the first one over two years ago and it can be seen here.


paulsrandomstuff said...

I remember Ventura playing for the Mets and the White Sox. I'd have to look up his stats to see which other teams he played for.

unclemoe said...

Yah forgot he was on the Dodgers too. Nice card though.


zman40 said...

I for got about the Mets, too. Turns out he also played for the Yankees. The last third of his career kind of reminds me of Todd Zeile's. You can't keep track of who he has played for.

Anonymous said...


I'm a set collector and need Ventura for my 2004 Topps Total set. Let me know if you would be up for a trade. I could give you a good upgrade.