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The first catcher to capture NL Rookie of the Year honors, Johnny Bench’s number had already been retired by Peninsula of the Carolina League after the power-hitting catcher clubbed 22 homers in 98 games as an 18-year old in 1966. How good was Bench? At Spring Training in 1968, Ted Williams signed a ball for Bench with the inscription, “To Johnny Bench. A Hall of Famer for sure.” As for Ron Tompkins, who share’s Bench’s rookie card . . . Tompkins never won a big league game, going a career 0-2 with KC in 1965 and the Cubs in 1971. He pitched in 40 games and posted a career ERA just under 4.00.
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1968 Topps Reds Rookie Stars Johnny Bench, Ron Tompkins #247 PSA 8 NM-MT

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Minimum Bid: $150.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $432.00
Number Bids: 7
Auction closed on Friday, December 1, 2017.
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