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Thursday, October 6, 2016
TTM Success - Juan Gonzalez
This 1995 Studio Gold card was the #1 card that I wanted to get signed. I didn't have any in my auto album yet, and this was one of my favorite sets from back then. The concept was pretty cool, and still looks pretty good today. The card turned out great signed; I couldn't have asked for it to have turned out better.
Gonzalez (b. 1969) played in the majors from 1989 to 2005 for the Rangers, Tigers, Indians and Royals. He had 1,936 hits, 434 home runs and a .295 career batting average. He was a 3-time All Star and 6-time Silver Slugger Award winner. He was the AL MVP twice (1996 and 1998). He hit 40 or more home runs five times. He batted .310 or better five times as well. He appeared on two Hall of Fame ballots (2011 and 2012) but only received as much as 5.2% of the vote before receiving 4.0% that dropped him off of the ballot in 2012.
Gonzalez on paper looks like a sure-fire Hall of Famer, but being mentioned in the 2005 Mitchell Report and also Jose Canseco's book as a steroid user. This is the reason why he barely got a sniff of any Hall of Fame votes. I doubt he ever gets in, but if some of the other known users get in, maybe he will have a chance in the future.
I mailed to Gonzalez on September 26 and got the cards back today for an 11-day TAT.