Vladimir Guerrero played 16 years at baseball’s highest level. He broke in with the Expos in 1996 and established himself as a star.
In 1998 Guerrero had a breakout season. He recorded 108 runs, 202 hits, 38 homers and 109 RBI. From then until he left Montreal after the 2003 season Guerrero averaged 37 homers and 110 runs batted in.
A free agent in 2004, Guerrero signed with the Angels. His first year in Anaheim Guerrero was the AL MVP. His first four seasons with the Angels included four All Star appearances.
By the time he retired, Guerrero amassed 2,590 hits 449 homers, and 1,496 RBI. His lifetime average stands at .318 and his career OPS+ is 140. Baseball writers acknowledged Guerrero’s greatness by electing him to the Hall of Fame.
Shown here is his three-year extension with Topps Chewing Gum to appear on the company’s baseball cards. Signed less than a year after the previous extension, this deal with Topps calls for a three-year extension with Guerrero. This contract locked up the young star through January 31, 2005. By the time the extension expired, Guerrero had an MVP, four Silver Sluggers, and five All Star appearances.