TWJ 2012: Rickey Henderson
What do you say we kick it old-school for a few days? Back in the 1980s, the rookie card to have was Rickey Henderson‘s 1980 Topps issue. A friend of mine had the Rickey rookie, and he showed it to me once. He kept the Rickey rookie hidden in his room, stashed away where no one could find it. Night Owl recently posted a page from an August 1984 BBCM selling the Rickey rookie for $4.95. I didn’t start collecting until some time in 1985, and I know that it had to have skyrocketed by then, because I would have certainly plunked down $5 of unspent lunch money for the Rickey rookie.
I even wrote a short story for school about the Rickey rookie. It was a detective story…a “whodunit” if you will. My friend’s Rickey rookie had been lifted, and it was up to me to figure out who the culprit was. I don’t recall now how it ended, but I know the butler didn’t do it.
Here is the first retired baseball player in the 2012 TWJ set…Oakland great Rickey Henderson. Not the Rickey rookie, but I still kinda dig it.
Large photo credit: Michael Ponzini
Inset photo credit: Unknown (if you know, tell me!)