Friday, September 14, 2012

1982 Fleer Ozzie Smith

St. Louis Cardinals CTNW Favorites #4

Ozzie Smith started his MLB career in San Diego. He had 4 solid years. He came in 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting, appeared in an All Star game and earned 2 Gold Gloves. When the Cards picked him up in 1982 he continued his streak of All Star/Gold Glove season for 11 consecutive years. He would also earn a Silver Slugger award and would receive MVP votes 6 times on his way to the Hall of Fame. In 1982 he also got a World Series ring.

In December of 1981 Ozzie Smith was traded to the Cardinals. All three major card manufacturers still had cards of him in a Padres uniform. Only Topps had a traded card of Smith on the Cardinals. Fleer wouldn't have an update series until 1984. Donruss would eventually create a "Rookies" series which didn't include traded players.

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