Tony! Toni! Toné!

No this post isn’t about the musical group who brought the slow jams to the masses in the 80’s & 90’s, this is about Tony Gwynn. As you know I come up with stupid blog post titles.

I’ve only posted a few Gwynn items so far. The street banner, poster, Russian Nesting Dolls & Carlos Delgado‘s his McFarlane figures. Since I was a kid Tony has always been my favorite player of all-time, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I have quite the extensive Gwynn collection. So let’s take a look at some of them….CAUTION: Bobbleheads are on the horizon!

First up we have a couple non-Padres uniform bobbleheads for Mr. Padre. As far as I know, these are the only two versions like that, as all the other bobbleheads that I have of him, he’s in a Padres uni.

The first one below is Gwynn in an SDSU uniform. It was sold at Chevrons in San Diego County back in 2002 to celebrate Tony taking over as head coach for the Aztecs. It was sold for 5 bucks with some of the proceeds going to the SDSU baseball team if I recall correctly.

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The next bobblehead was given away at a minor league game in 2007. Being that the Walla Walla Padres don’t exist anymore the closest thing is now the (Single A *hated* Mariners) Everett AquaSox apparently. I personally see a couple things wrong with them claiming allegiance to Gwynn just days before he was about to be enshrined in Cooperstown.

1. Just because your city is 4-5 hours away from his former team doesn’t make it OK to make a bobblehead of him

2. Everett has been home to both the Giants (in the division) & Mariners (the current AL “rival”)

3. Gwynn played a total of 42 games for Walla Walla….not exactly a lot of games

4. I thought that the uniforms were more brown instead of reddish colored?

Anyways now that I have got that off my chest this is still a pretty cool item. I had many Gwynn bobbleheads yet none in a minor league uni.

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These “Cover Classics” were placed in Sunday San Diego Union Tribune newspapers at 7-11′s in San Diego around the time he was to be inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2007. There was 1 a week for 3 weeks and each one is an exact mini replica of classic Gwynn moments in the newspaper. If I recall correctly there was a “golden ticket” placed randomly in 1 newspaper that earned the winner a trip to Cooperstown that I unfortunately didn’t get. The first one shows the front Sports Page when he collected his 3,000th hit (8/7/99) and it’s titled “Classic T. Shot”. The second one shows the cover of a special insert when he retired (10/7/01) and is titled “Forever, A Hit”. And lastly the third one shows the cover of another special insert from when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame (1/10/07)  titled “The Masterstroke”. They had a website up (www.UTCoverClassics.com) where you could go and view the full stories but that website has been taken down.

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This item here is kind of a double whammy. Not only were these jumbo sized “tickets” handed out on October 7th, 2001 to commemorate Tony Gwynn’s final game ever, but the actual game ticket itself has even extra meaning. It was the game in which 2009 Hall of Fame inductee, Rickey Henderson, hit a lead off double off of Colorado’s John Thompson to collect his 3,000th hit. He would go on to score on a single by Phil Nevin and would sit out the rest of the game. The Gwynn jumbo ticket lists his accomplishments on the front and is numbered Section 19, Row 19, Seat 19. On the backside are his career stats. Tony Gwynn pinch hit in the 9th inning and grounded out to short in his only at bat of the day. The Padres lost 14-5.

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  • I want that Walla Walla bobblehead. My collection is not complete without it.

    And I had Tony sign the final game ticket at El Cajon Ford a few years ago.

    • SDPads1

      They are kind of pricey on ebay, especially now. I think I paid $25-$30 for mine a few years back. Now only 2 are listed on there and one is $90 and the other is $80.

      • I don’t need it that bad.

      • Ricko19

        II have a few extras available still. Let me know if anyone is interested.

  • bp – lobshots

    What’s the story with the Walla Walla number 3?

    • SDPads1

      I would assume that’s the number he wore when he played there briefly. Most likely didn’t have a choice and took whatever was available.

      • bp – lobshots

        yeah, was kinda hoping for some cool #3 story… vs. the standard ‘grab whatever fits’… oh well.

      • SDPads1

        Would it have been better if I told you Tony only has 3 toes on his right foot and chose the number 3 to honor that?

      • bp – lobshots

        meh. three balls woulda been better.

      • TONY TOOK ONE OF JOHN KRUK’S BALLS!

  • Ricko19

    One of The reasons that Everett did a bobblehead to honor him was the fact that shortly after Tony’s time in Walla Walla the team moved to Everett and became the Giants.