My overwhelming Padres collection has grown rapidly since I’ve gained some room moving into my new house. But one thing will never change, the brown items will always take priority over all others. So let’s look at some of my favorites.
This clip on tie is from the late 80′s (85-90) based on the colors and style. It’s 100% Polyester and was made by Corporate Textiles Inc. When I looked up this company it says that they make custom ties, so it’s possible this is a custom creation and I have the only one. It’s also possible they had a contract with MLB and sold millions of these bad boys. Or based on some recent discoveries (bow ties? different color clip ons?), it’s possible these were worn by ushers during that era. Everyone has probably seen me wear this a time or two. It’s one of my personal favorites among my collection.
This was a stadium giveaway on May 27th 1989 in a game against the Montreal Expos. Walt Terrell pitched a complete game shut out, while everyone but John Kruk & Walt Terrell got a hit on offense. Pads win 5-0. I remember actually having this cup and pitcher set back when I was a kid, but I’m not sure what ever happened to it. Then as luck would have it, a few years back I purchased a huge lot of Padres stuff and this was in it. It brings back fond memories of drinking Kool-Aid as a young Fro so I was stoked to reacquire it. Pretty cool item for a giveaway if you ask me.
These are the Tony Gwynn McFarlane figures that came out in 2010. They look absolutely nothing like Tony and there is a reason for that according to the Ghost of Ray Kroc. An inside source at McFarlane informed him that a previous players mold was reused on this. How dare McFarlane half ass a Tony THE Gwynn figure!
They were a part of the Cooperstown Collection Series 7. The only other Padres in the McFarlane collection are Trevor Hoffman (Series 4 & Series 18), Jake Peavy (Series 16), a mini Mike Piazza (3 inch Series 5) and Willie McCovey (Cooperstown Collection Series 8). The home & away versions were sold with the away figure being the common version. The home was a little tougher to find of the two. I still dig seeing the retro uniform used here.