‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1980’s Baseball Cards Look Like??

‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1980’s Baseball Cards Look Like??

This week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ is inspired by an email conversation that I had a week or so ago with loyal 30-YOC supporter and reader, Matt.

Matt and I communicate on a pretty regular basis – usually between blog comments, email, and Twitter chatter.  We have a lot in common, and just enough not in common to make our conversations pretty interesting and spirited.

And while our dialogue sometimes veers off track, we almost always end up back to two things we both love: Baseball & Baseball Cards!!

Well, we recently went back and forth about our favorite cards from different eras, and that ultimately led to us sending ‘Top Tens’, ‘Top Fives’, and ‘Mt. Rushmore’s’ back and forth.

And one of them was really, really fun – and tough too!

What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1980’s Baseball Cards Look Like??

Well, after a long deliberation, and some back and forth, I think I have finally cemented mine.

And here it is:

Mt Rushmore

A breakdown (though you probably don’t need one):  1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card, 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken ‘F*CK FACE’, 1984 Topps Traded Dwight Gooden rookie card, and Jose Canseco 1986 Donruss ‘Rated Rookie’ rookie card.

Now if you ask me this question again in a week, some of my answers could change.  I am very confident about the placing of Griffey & Ripken on this Mt. Rushmore, and there are probably 8-10 strong contenders for the remaining two spots.  Ultimately, I went with Gooden and Canseco for their immediate impact on the hobby and how widely desired these two cards were by all kinds of collectors when they launched back in the 1980’s and how they still draw action today in the secondary market.

And now it is your turn! 

What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1980’s Baseball Cards Look Like??

I can’t wait to see who you’re going to pick!!!  Let’s do this!!!

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32 responses to “‘Million Dollar Question’ – What Would Your Mt. Rushmore Of 1980’s Baseball Cards Look Like??

  1. Nice topic! My Mt. Rushmore of 1980’s baseball cards would be the following:

    1980 Topps- Rickey Henderson
    1982 Topps- Traded Cal Ripken Jr.
    1989 Fleer- Bill Ripken
    1989 Upper Deck- Ken Griffey Jr.

  2. Good call on the Bill Ripken – I’d add the 1985 Topps Olympic McGwire…

  3. Hmmm, good question.

    I’d go with 1984 Donruss Don Mattingly, 1988 Topps Traded Tino Martinez, 1984 Topps Darryl Stawberry, and 1987 Topps Bo Jackson.

  4. 1982 Fleer – Cal Ripken Jr
    1983 Topps – Ryne Sandberg
    1987 Topps – Bo Jackson
    1989 Upper Deck – Ken Griffey Jr

    All favorites from when I was a kid.

    moe.

  5. 1980 Topps- Rickey Henderson
    1983 Topps- Willie McGee
    1984 Fleer Update- Dwight Gooden
    1986 Fleer Update- Barry Bonds

  6. 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson
    1982 Topps Ripken
    1989 UD Griffey
    1984 Fleer Update Puckett

  7. I have to throw a Reds swing on this.
    1983 Topps Johnny Bench (Last regular card)
    1985 Topps Eric Davis
    1987 Topps Barry Larkin
    1989 Topps Chris Sabo

    • Matt- From a Reds perspective, very nicely done! I lik the choice with Bench but am a little surprised you went 89 Topps Chris Sabo, instead of 1988 Topps Traded. I’ve always really liked his 1988 Traded card.

  8. 80 Topps Rickey Henderson
    83 Topps Willie McGee
    86 Donruss Fred McGriff
    89 UP Ken Griffey Jr.

  9. My list would have to start with the Rickey Rookie. Here is my list:
    1980 Topps Rickey Henderson
    1982 Topps Cal Ripken
    1985 Topps Mark McGwire
    1989 UD Ken Griffey Jr.

    I would personally stay away from traded set cards as they weren’t as available to the masses.

  10. 1983 OPC Tony Gwynn
    1980 Topps Rickey Henderson
    1984 Fleer Update Kirby Puckett
    1987 Leaf Greg Maddux

  11. 1981 Fleer Fernand Valenzuela (Fernandomania)
    1981 Topps Joe Charboneau ( Go Go Charboneau)
    1983 Fleer Ron Kittle
    1985 Topps Eric Davis

    Ok, so maybe not Mt Rushmore.. But I and many others “rushed” to obtain multiple copies of these sure fire hall of famers. And the cards WERE nice…

  12. More seriously:
    1980 Topps Rickey Henderson
    1983 Topps Tony Gwynn
    1984 Donruss Don Mattingly
    1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr

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