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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!!!

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!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2013 Bowman Colin Moran ROOKIE CARD!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2013 Bowman Colin Moran ROOKIE CARD!!!

Sure, he is not a household name, not even in Miami.  But, the expectations for Colin Moran are pretty high.

He was the 6th pick in the draft, chosen by the Marlins to be their future third baseman.

Moran had a solid career at the University of North Carolina, and he was the ACC Player Of The Year in 2013.  He played in the Arizona Fall League for the Marlins this year and he did fairly well, even homering in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.

I was very excited to see that Colin was included in the 2013 Bowman set this year, and I picked up his rookie card from one of my favorite dealers at the show.

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3B has long been a hole in the Marlins’ defense.  Since losing Miguel Cabrera and Mike Lowell, the ‘Fish’ have yet to truly find a replacement at ‘The Hot Corner’.

Hopefully Colin Moran is that answer!

1990 HEADLINE: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson Captures The American League MVP Award

1990 HEADLINE: Oakland’s Rickey Henderson Captures The American League MVP Award

On this day in 1990, Rickey Henderson was award with the American League’s MVP award.

Rickey Henderson is the kind of player that can challenge for the MVP crown during each season that he plays.  His ability to separate himself from the rest of the league gave him constant respect from the voters.

It was no surprise that Rickey won the American League MVP award in 1990 – it’s just kind of surprising that it was his only one!!

In 1990, Henderson was the key that ignited the mighty Oakland A’s offense.  During that year, Rickey batted .325 and had an on-base percentage of .439.  He collected 159 hits, scored 119 runs, stole 65 bases ans smacked 28 home runs.  And in 594 plate appearances, Rickey struck out just 60 times.

Henderson’s 1990 campaign also included an All-star selection, a Silver Slugger award, and a trip to the World Series!!

Congratulations Rickey!!!

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Sliding Stars’

Rickey Henderson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Sliding Stars’

If you’re going to have a subset of cards in your set that is tagged as ‘Sliding Stars’ you had better have included Rickey Henderson in the checklist.

Cheers to Topps’ Gypsy Queen for doing it right!!!!

VINATGE HENDERSON SLIDING

And what an excellent image for the card – Man, O Man!!!

2002 Topps Super Teams ‘Super Teammates’ Starring Lou Brock & Bob Gibson

2002 Topps Super Teams ‘Super Teammates’ Starring Lou Brock & Bob Gibson

It would be very hard to note like a card that featured Cardinals legends Lou Brock and Bob Gibson.  And if you’re a St. Louis Cardinals fan, you would probably tag this card as a ‘Must Have’.

Check it out:

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While the design is not thrilling, in my opinion, it is still a pretty nice looking card.  I would have rather had seen this one feature a bit more of St. Louis in the card – maybe Yellow instead of Blue, and the arch implemented into the design would be pretty nice as well…

Still – anytime you can add a card of these two great HOFers to your collection, it is worth doing.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Wade Boggs & Rickey Henderson 2012 Topps Triple Threads Base Cards

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Wade Boggs & Rickey Henderson 2012 Topps Triple Threads Base Cards

I’ve long been a fan of the Topps Triple Threads brand and I eagerly await the 2013 issue to hit the streets.

I’m always willing to sift through a stack of cards from this set, and I found a healthy helping of them in a ten-cent bargain bin.

I rescued the base cards of Wade Boggs and Rickey Henderson from that stack.

Check ’em out:

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