Wednesday, September 7, 2011

1989 Topps, Robin Ventura

#764 Robin Ventura

If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times- Do not go to the College World Series without something for Robin Ventura to sign. He works as the color commentator for ESPN and he is at the CWS every single year. Some years he does signings for the corporate sponsors and some years he does not. But, it is always handy to have something for him to sign just in case. I've been to the CWS each of the last five years and Robin has signed in three of the five.

The first time I came across Robin at the CWS, he was signing at the State Farm booth and they did not have anything for him to sign. The AT&T booth always provides 8x10s for free, but State Farm was behind the curve that year and I passed on a free autograph since I had nothing worth getting signed.

Two years later, Robin signed at the AT&T booth and I got an 8x10 signed and a card of him as a Dodger. The only reason I got that card signed was because it was the first card of him that I dug up. Last year, I took a little more effort to find some better cards of Robin to get signed and this was the best one that I found. What better card is there to have Robin sign at the College World Series than this one?

I missed out on Robin last year, but I got him this year at the Capital One booth. The card came out looking great with the black Sharpie on the orange jersey and background. This card just screams out Oklahoma State.

Robin signed the next day at the AT&T tent, but I was so happy with this card that I decided to save my 1994 Bowman's Best card of him for another time.


Ryan aka Orioles Magic said...

I wonder if Robin would sign a picture of his and Nolan Ryan's "fight"?

zman40 said...

I have honestly wondered the same thing.

Paul said...

Out of all of the thousands of Robin Ventura cards made, this is the one that I always think of first. I probably owned a dozen copies of it at one point, thanks to the "investor mentality" that dominated card collecting in the late 80s & early 90s.