11.05.2011

Todd Van Poppel, 1991 Studio (Studio Saturday No. 32)


Name: Todd Van Poppel
Team: Oakland A's
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: An IOU for 25 cents
Key 1990 stat: Appeared on hundreds of thousands of worthless baseball cards
Remember this guy? How can a site that calls itself the Bust not have a Todd Van Poppel card yet? Consider that oversight fixed. Van Poppel certainly isn't the biggest failed prospect ever, not with the likes of Steve Chilcott in the history books, but he sure was a memorable one. Van Poppel was the Next Big Thing at the same time baseball cards were surging in popularity. This made for a lot of sweaty fat guys kids going crazy at trade shows and shops, trying to land rookie cards of this can't-miss ace. Look at him here, the confident expression, the firm grip on the ball, the bowl cut lurking beneath the hat. We even saw him one year in spring training, and while we didn't join the sweaty fat guys fans hounding him for his autograph, we certainly knew he was going to be a big star some day — never mind that he had just given up six runs in three innings. Here's to you, Todd Van Poppel, for putting the bust in Baseball Card Bust.


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