Tony Gwynn Birthday Card: A detective story

Since today is Tony Gwynn's birthday, I slipped into default mode and decided to do a card post. I don't have the time to do a 54-card post, so I decided to look for a Tony Gwynn card with the card number 54. After flipping through a few hundred cards, I found ones numbered 53, 55, and nearly everything else in that neighborhood except for 54, so I was back at square one. I began flipping through all the cards again, this time looking at the fronts for something typing-worthy.

I came across this 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition card of Tony signing another card, and thought it might be interesting to try to identify the card he's signing. I squinted and made out a white-bordered card with an orangeish background behind Tony.

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My investigation consisted of me continuing to flip through my Tony Gwynn cards, this time focusing on just ones from 1991 or earlier, for obvious reasons. Like my Joey Cora collection, I keep my Tonys ordered by year, and then alphabetically by manufacturer within each year, so I was starting to get worried by the time I got to 1990. It turns out the card I was looking for was the very last one before the one I had been squinting at. The card he's signing on his All-Star card in the 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition set is his card from the 1991 Upper Deck base set.

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Mystery solved.

Here's hoping that his fifty-fifth birthday sees Tony back in the dugout in the flesh, not just on baseball cards. Get well, Mr. Padre, and enjoy your day.

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