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Rickey Henderson 1987 O-Pee-Chee

Rickey Henderson 1987 O-Pee-Chee

A few weeks ago I showed off my Wade Boggs card from the 1987 O-Pee-Chee baseball card set.

Well, I have scored another card from that same set for another PC that I am working on.

This time around, the featured payer is Rickey Henderson of the New York Yankees.

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And just like that Boggs card from a few weeks ago, the lone difference on the front of the card is that the Topps logo in the lower-left corner has been replaced by the logo of O-Pee-Chee.

Great action image of Rickey here.  He definitely connected on this one!

Rickey Henderson 1987 Donruss Pop-Up All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1987 Donruss Pop-Up All-Star

As a kid that was an avid baseball card collector in 1987, I don’t recall ever knowing about these Donruss Pop-Up cards.

I now know that these Pop-Ups were part of a larger All-Star set that Donruss issued in 1987 that followed the design of the base product from the same year.

These Pop-Ups are actually fold-out style cards that are pretty neat.

But, I would never pop mine out or stand mine up.  At least I wouldn’t do that if I only had one…

Here is the card of Rickey Henderson from that set:

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That’s the Metrodome in the backdrop, right?

1996 HEADLINE: Derek Jeters Wins Rookie Of The Year Award With Unanimous Vote!

1996 HEADLINE: Derek Jeters Wins Rookie Of The Year Award With Unanimous Vote!

On this day in 1996, Derek Jeter won the American League’s Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!

Capturing all 28 first-place votes, Jeter set himself apart from the rest of the 1996 rookie class.  And he did it all with the enormous pressure that comes with wearing Yankee pinstripes.

During that season, Jeter collected 183 hits en route to a .314 batting average.  He scored 104 runs for the team while also driving in 78.  And while fielding the toughest infield position, he compiled an 96.9% fielding percentage.

Oh, and he also helped the Yankees capture the 1996 World Series championship too!

Happy Anniversary to Derek Jeter!!!

Rickey Henderson 1991 Donruss American League All-Star

Rickey Henderson 1991 Donruss American League All-Star

As a crazed collector in the mid-to-late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s, I had some pretty large player collections brewing.

One of which was of Rickey Henderson.  Not only was Henderson one of the best in the game, but he almost always had great-looking baseball cards.

Like this All-Star card from the 1991 Donruss set:

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Donruss really knew how to put together an All-Star card – so much better than Topps back in the day!

The card gives us action – not a posed, super-cropped portrait.  It shows us one of the many skills possessed by the player that earned him his All-Star status.

I am a fan.

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!!!