Today Dwight Gooden turns 44 years old.
Dwight Gooden was the phenomenon in baseball card collecting when I first got involved in the hobby. I remember being at one of my first baseball card shows at Joe Robbie Stadium, now called Dolphin Stadium, and all everyone was talking about was this young kid that was tearing up the league. At 9 years old I didn’t understand how outstanding Doc’s rookie season was, but the hype around his name at this show left an impact on me. It was then that I decided I would do what was needed to get the 1984 Topps Traded Rookie card that everyone was talking about. That is, until I saw the price tag… I couldn’t believe that people were paying $10 for 1 card when I could get 20 packs for that same amount. Needless to say, I did not leave that show with my Gooden rookie. Instead I left with over 300 cards from packs of random brands and years.
Of course, like many other collectors, I eventually was able to pick up that card, and pretty cheap too!!!
Happy Birthday ‘Doc’!!!