Rick Ankiel remembers the day he owned Barry Bonds on 'Old Baseball Cards'

We know, at this point, about Rick Ankiel’s various skills. He was a very good pitcher at the start of his big-league career. Then he became a slugging outfielder. He’s been a broadcaster and a public speaker. He even has a book out — written with Yahoo Sports’ own Tim Brown — telling his unique baseball story.

Turns out Ankiel is also a delightful guy to open a pack of baseball cards with, as we see in this week’s episode of “Old Baseball Cards.” Ankiel gushes over Bo Jackson and Kirby Puckett and gives us a great factoid about his own career when he pulls a Barry Bonds card.

Rick Ankiel opens 1994 Topps Stadium Club on “Old Baseball Cards.” (Yahoo Sports)
Rick Ankiel opens 1994 Topps Stadium Club on “Old Baseball Cards.” (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re checking out this series for the first time, hello, welcome. We open old baseball cards with baseball players, coaches and famous fans and see what kind of stories they inspire. We’ve done a number of fabulous episodes below that you can check out.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts

CURRENT PLAYERS: Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira

CELEBS: Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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