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Rickey Henderson 2002 Topps Heritage

Rickey Henderson 2002 Topps Heritage

It’s always interesting to me to see cards of Rickey Henderson suited up in a non-Yankees or non-Athletics uniform.

Rickey played for nine different clubs during his 25-season career.  His third longest tenure with any single team came with the San Diego Padres as he played with them for three seasons, from 1996 and part of 1997 and then again in 2001.

This is Rickey’s card from the 2002 Topps Heritage baseball card set:

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He still looks in incredible physical condition, doesn’t he.  Not bad for a 42-year old legend.

Rickey Henderson 1991 Topps

Rickey Henderson 1991 Topps

Here is another great action-packed shot of Rickey Henderson courtesy of Topps.

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This card comes from the 1991 Topps flagship base set of cards, and as you can see it features a neat ’40th Anniversary’ logo in the upper-left corner of the card.

I love when Topps gives us action images of Rickey – it is a perfect fit for a player that packed so much energy and excitement into each and every game in which he played.  I wish they still did that with today’s product…

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Glossy All-Star Send-In

As a youngster collecting baseball cards in the mid-1980’s, I remember one of the very few things that I could look forward to getting in the mail was baseball cards.

Sure, I got my Ranger Rick magazines.  And Beckett Magazine too.

But, it was baseball cards that excited me the most.

Topps did a phenomenal job in keeping collectors, both older and younger, happy and eager to wait for these mail-in sets to arrive.  And I was right there along for the ride too.

Known as ‘Glossy All-Star Mail Ins’ these sets were limited in production and always featured the best players and prospects in the game.  To get them, one had to obtain pull specially inserted redemption cards from wax packs of the 1988 Topps product.  Once obtained, that redemption card and payment of $1.25 would net you one of 6 10-packs that made up the 60-card set.  The results were random, unless you opted to send in 18 of the special offer cards and a payment of $7.50 which netted you the complete set.

This is the card of Rickey Henderson from the 1988 Mail-In set:

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Man, those were the days!!!

“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

“The Shot Heard ‘Round The World”

On this day in 1951, a baseball moment transpired that would be considered one of the greatest game-changing home runs of all-time.  And now, more than 50 years later, the replays and stories told about this historic moment in baseball’s history resonate even more with the recent passing of Bobby Thomson.

From Wikipedia:

In baseball, the “Shot Heard ’round the World” is the term given to the game-ending home run hit by New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca at the Polo Grounds to win the National League pennant at 3:58 p.m. EST on October 3, 1951. As a result of the “shot” (baseball slang for “home run” or any hard-hit ball), the Giants won the game 5–4, defeating the Dodgers in their pennant playoff series, two games to one. It is one of the most famous moments in Major League Baseball history.

A huge ‘Thank You’ goes out to Bobby Thomson, and Ralph Branca for that matter, for building a historic scene in this wonderful sport that will live beyond all of us!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

Rickey Henderson 1990 Post Cereal – 1st Collectors Series

Rickey Henderson 1990 Post Cereal – 1st Collectors Series

It’s not Upper Deck.

It’s not Panini.

It’s not Pinnacle.

And it is not Fleer.

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It is Post.  Yes, Post – the cereal company.

And back in the early 1990’s Post thought that they could take the easy way out and save money by not working for a MLB license.  Had they tried to partner up with Topps or another major company, their product may  have been more likable.

Instead, we got airbrushed, tightly cropped baseball cards like the one of Rickey Henderson above.

Thankfully they are one of the very few that took this route…

Rickey Henderson 1991 Topps All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1991 Topps All-Star

Even as a 12-year veteran, Rickey Henderson still worked his tail off to keep himself on top of the sport.

Always in pristine condition, and with an eye on the prize, Rickey did a fantastic job of asserting himself and putting his skills to work multiple times in each game he played.  His ability to disrupt the pitcher/catcher tandem was superb, and I have to believe that he drove opposing managers nuts with his ability to determine the pace of the game.

Rickey was chosen as an All-Star in 10 of his 25 big league seasons.

This is his cared from the 1991 Topps set that honors his selection to the AL squad.

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