Baseball Cards! 1990 Upper Deck Juan Gonzalez #72 (Rookie Card)

1990 Upper Deck was not as popular as the 1989 issue, but its still a solid set in its own right.  These cards, like most 90’s cards, are effectively worthless…but if you had to pick the best cards from the set it would be the rookie cards of Sammy Sosa, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Walker and John Olerud, all of which should set you a shiny quarter.

A PSA 9 slabbed copy of this card will run you about $5 on the high end, and I even see PSA 10 for even less.  Shame for a dude who was one of the most feared hitters of the 1990’s.

That said:  I will always remember him for his 2005 season with the Tribe:  Gonzo started the season on the DL, but rejoined the team in May.  When he rejoined the team the Tribe as forced to drop Ryan Ludwick (a favorite of mine), and chances were Grady Sizmore was going to lose some at bats.  But in Gonzalez’s first at bat he pulled up limp going to first.  He would go back on the DL, and never return to the majors.  Sizemore would go on to have a breakout season.

Year Age Tm G AB H HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
1989 19 TEX 24 60 9 1 7 6 17 .150 .227 .250 .477 34
1990 20 TEX 25 90 26 4 12 2 18 .289 .316 .522 .838 131
1991 21 TEX 142 545 144 27 102 42 118 .264 .321 .479 .800 121
1992 22 TEX 155 584 152 43 109 35 143 .260 .304 .529 .833 133 MVP-16,SS
1993 ★ 23 TEX 140 536 166 46 118 37 99 .310 .368 .632 1.000 169 AS,MVP-4,SS
1994 24 TEX 107 422 116 19 85 30 66 .275 .330 .472 .802 105
1995 25 TEX 90 352 104 27 82 17 66 .295 .324 .594 .917 130
1996 26 TEX 134 541 170 47 144 45 82 .314 .368 .643 1.011 145 MVP-1,SS
1997 27 TEX 133 533 158 42 131 33 107 .296 .335 .589 .924 131 MVP-9,SS
1998 ★ 28 TEX 154 606 193 45 157 46 126 .318 .366 .630 .997 149 AS,MVP-1,SS
1999 29 TEX 144 562 183 39 128 51 105 .326 .378 .601 .980 141 MVP-13
2000 30 DET 115 461 133 22 67 32 84 .289 .337 .505 .842 116
2001 ★ 31 CLE 140 532 173 35 140 41 94 .325 .370 .590 .960 148 AS,MVP-5,SS
2002 32 TEX 70 277 78 8 35 17 56 .282 .324 .451 .776 99
2003 33 TEX 82 327 96 24 70 14 73 .294 .329 .572 .901 122
2004 34 KCR 33 127 35 5 17 9 19 .276 .326 .441 .767 97
2005 35 CLE 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 -100
17 Yrs 1689 6556 1936 434 1404 457 1273 .295 .343 .561 .904 132
162 Game Avg. 162 629 186 42 135 44 122 .295 .343 .561 .904 132
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/19/2015.
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