This card is second to only the Steve Avery card as my favorite in the set. Robin Ventura, who was far and away the best player (at the time of the draft), was taken 10th overall by the White Sox. There was a signability issue since he was the best player in college at the time. That is why he was selected tenth overall.
Of course after a good career, however indistinguishable it was, it’s hard to remember the buzz when he was in college. Here is a list of amazing Ventura at Oklahoma State facts:
- He led the nation in runs (107), RBI (96) and total bases (204) in 69 games as a freshman in 1986.
- In 1987, he had a NCAA-record 58-game hitting streak, breaking the previous record of 47; he also led Division I in RBIs two years in a row. His hitting streak remains the Division I record.
- In 1988 he earned a spot on the gold medal-winning Olympic baseball team, batting .409 during the tournament.
- He won both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy for outstanding collegiate play, concluding his 3-year OSU career with a .428 batting average, a .792 slugging percentage, and 302 RBIs.