Category Archives: Rickey Henderson Collection

Rickey Henderson 2014 Panini Prizm – Excellent Photo Choice By Panini!!!

Rickey Henderson 2014 Panini Prizm – Excellent Photo Choice By Panini!!!

Jeez, talk about a mighty swing – Rickey sure could swing with power!

For a minute there, you almost forget that Panini is not allowed to use team names and logos in any of their products…

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This image is perfect for a brand like this.  If they stuck to finding more just like this, they would certainly attract a few more buyers to their brand.

This card here is a great addition to my Rickey Henderson collection.  And the image used beats some of the modern Topps cards I have of Rickey – and those have team names and logos spilled all over them…

Enjoy.

1993 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Leads Off Each Game Of Double Header With Homers!!

1993 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Leads Off Each Game Of Double Header With Homers!!

On this day in 1993, Rickey Henderson and his Oakland A’s teammates battled against the Cleveland Indians in a double-header.

What is so special about that you ask? Double-headers are a normal part of a baseball schedule you say…

Well during this double header, a man by the name of Rickey Henderson led off both of these games with home runs, a feat that had not been accomplished in 60 years. In game #1, Henderson launched a homer off of Paul Abbott. And then just a few short hours later he did it again, this time of off Mark Clark.

Happy Anniversary Rickey Henderson, a true one-of-a-kind player!!!

1979 HEADLINE – Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s

1979 HEADLINE – Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s

It all started on this day 35 years ago…

Rickey Henderson’s debut with the Oakland A’s on June 24, 1979 is when it all began.  In the game, Henderson’s A’s team took on the Texas Rangers in Oakland, CA.  The A’s lost the game 5-1, but Rickey gave us a glimpse of what was to come..

In the game Henderson batted lead-off and went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.  He also picked up the first stolen base of his career, which as we all know was just the start of his amazing run as the game’s greatest lead-off hitter!!

Happy Anniversary Rickey!!!

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Rickey Henderson 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

It’s always exciting to see a player like Rickey Henderson featured in a modern issue like Gypsy Queen.

And while I feel like I have seen this specific image used multiple times, the GQ design does bring a different flare to it.

Have a look:

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If I had one complaint about the card, I wish it was zoomed out just a tad more.  I’d love to see Rickey’s stirrups, socks, and shoes as he prepares to take off for another stolen base!!

A great addition to my Rickey Henderson collection!

1991 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Passes Lou Brock On The All-Time Steals List

1991 HEADLINE: Rickey Henderson Passes Lou Brock On The All-Time Steals List

On this day in 1991 Rickey Henderson became the All-time leader in stolen bases. As Rickey passed Lou Brock with steal #939 of his career, it was obvious to all watching live and on television that this was a baseball record for the ages.

Henderson’s talent is very rare as his body, specifically his legs, was able to withstand the punishment it takes to steal 939 bases. Amazingly enough, Henderson was not even close to being done with running. By the end of his 25-season major league career Henderson would finish with 1,406 stolen bases.

Personally, of all of the records in baseball today I think this one is the safest of them all. Home runs records will be broken. Hit streaks may not last. But this record is truly amazing. Players that steal 60-70 bases a year would have to have that kind of success for 20 straight years to challenge Rickey’s record. If you look at the great base stealers in the game today, each of them hits a pinnacle and then a sharp and rapid decline. This record is safe, and will not be challenged ever!!!

Congratulations Rickey. Truly an original, and truly a baseball legend!!!

Rickey Henderson’s Iconic 1980 Topps Rookie Baseball Card!!!

Rickey Henderson’s Iconic 1980 Topps Rookie Baseball Card!!!

Ask any collector to give you their ‘Top 5′ rookie cards to own from the 1980′s and the odds are pretty good that the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card makes the list more often than not.

A classic design and great photo have kept this iconic card as a collecting goal for many almost 30 years after it’s release to the hobby.

Topps did a great job with this one…  Perfect photo choice.  Perfect colors used on the banners to compliment Rickey’s uniform.  And a perfect facsimile signature of one of the game’s brightest stars!!

The 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card – I’ve got mine, do you have yours??

Rickey Henderson And His Hall Of Fame Plaque

Rickey Henderson And His Hall Of Fame Plaque

I cannot think of a player more deserving of enshrinement at Cooperstown than Rickey Henderson.

The greatest lead-off hitter of all-time, Henderson turned base stealing into an art and was the barometer by which all future runners were held to – and nobody compared!!

Rickey Henderson had amazing baseball talent, and a personality to match.  While at times his interviews were more entertaining than his play, there is no doubt that Rickey is a baseball legend and several of his amazing accomplishments will not be matched by many players.

A true player, with an undying love for the game, Rickey Henderson is a Hall of Famer!!!

Rickey Henderson & His Kind Of Sloppy, Kind Of Rushed Looking Signature…

Rickey Henderson & His Kind Of Sloppy, Kind Of Rushed Looking Signature…

Let me first say that I have a signed Rickey Henderson baseball in my collection.  It is one of my treasures, and would rank in the ‘Top Ten’ of my collection of more than 90 signed baseballs.

I guess that I just expected a little more flash from one of the most charismatic and exciting baseball players of all-time.  It’s just that simple…

But, Rickey’s signature is far from flashy.  As a matter of fact, it is a bit dull for a player with such personality.  There are no wild loops.  There are no oversized characters.  It is just a plain, straight-forward, clean signature.

Here is an example:

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Like I said, far from flashy and far from horrible.

Baseball Card Companies Love Rickey Henderson!!!

Baseball Card Companies Love Rickey Henderson!!!

Rickey Henderson offered the baseball card companies something different.  They didn’t have to rely solely on posed photography or shots of Rickey in his batting stance at the plate.

Instead he gave the card companies beauties like these:

The anticipation of the next pitch…

Head-first slides…

Base stealing dominance….

Pictures where you can almost see the gears in his head spinning…

Rickey gave all of us handfuls of unique collectibles!!!  Thanks Rickey!!

Rickey Henderson And ‘The 3,000 Hits Club’

Rickey Henderson And ‘The 3,000 Hits Club’

On the final day of the 2001 baseball season, Rickey Henderson entered the game with 2,999 career hits.

He and his Padres teammates were at home and hosting the Colorado Rockies in a battle of two teams with losing records.

There was more than 60,000 fans in attendance at the game, and they did not have to wait a long time to witness major league history.

Leading off the game and facing Rockies’ hurler John Thompson, Henderson doubled in is first at-bat and secured the 3,000th hit of his big league career.  He left the game after the hit to a standing ovation from the crowd.

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