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Rickey Henderson 1987 Fleer “Baseball’s Exciting Stars”

Rickey Henderson 1987 Fleer “Baseball’s Exciting Stars”

Ah, the oddball baseball card.

How can you not like these gems from the 1980’s?  As every kind of company under the sun was trying to capitalize on the baseball card boom of the 1980’s, both Topps and Fleer were also creating limited edition products with their own branding with the goal of keeping fish around the boat.

And result was a lot of 30 and 40-card sets, and a ton of cards for player collectors to chase down as these small sets were released.

This card of Rickey Henderson is from the 1987 Fleer ‘Baseball’s Exciting Stars’ set.

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And yes, Rickey Henderson was as exciting as it could get!

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Gotta love me some Rickey!

And by the looks of his swing and his head positioning, it looks like he really got ‘good wood’ on this hit.

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1988 Topps ‘Mini League Leaders’ set.

I quickly looked at Rickey’s numbers from the 1988 baseball season.  And yes, he was certainly a league leader.

Can you guess which statistical category Rickey led the AL in?

Come on now, that could be one of the easiest questions ever asked at 30-YOC…

It was stolen bases, of course.  Henderson paced the AL with 93 steals at the conclusion of the 1988 season.

Rickey being Rickey.

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

Ichiro turns 41 years old today!!

Easily one of the best hitters of the last 15 years, Ichiro Suzuki has proven to be an extremely talented contact hitter, maybe one of the best ever.

In 14 professional seasons in major league baseball, Ichiro has collected 2,844 hits.  In ten of fourteen years, he has accumulated 200 or more hits in those seasons.

For his birthday, I wish Ichiro perfect health.  And I want that health to hold until he gets into the 3,000 hits club.  Based on his average he will need just 2 more years to accomplish that task.  And while that means he will be 43 years old when that time comes, I do believe that he is conditioned to reach that mark with relative ease if he wants it.  He just needs to find a team that will use his talents and let him get the at-bats required to connect for another 156 hits.

I eagerly await the chase!

Happy Birthday Ichiro!!!

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!!