Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Blockbuster Move! Yankees get Henderson!

One unexpectedly fun part of the tall task at better organizing my collection is coming across cards I either forgot I had or had no recollection of having to begin with.

I feel like that's sort of the problem, actually. I have so much I don't even know what I have. While fun to stumble upon old new cards, I should have a better grasp and not be surprised by what I resides in the depths of my collection.

Tucked away in some shoe box (literally a Nike shoe box) with a bunch of Danny Tartabull cards was a team bag with two Rickey Henderson cards.
The first was a manurelic from 2012 Topps Update Blockbusters. I actually liked this insert set as a whole, especially the Ichiro card. I do have conscious memories of Henderson as a Yankees player. I would have been ages 2-6 while he was in Pinstripes, so I assume I remember him in 1988 and 1989 as a 5 and 6 year old at the tail-end of his Yankee career. Of course, he would go on to play 16 more years!

Simply put, he was a beast in NY, as he was most other places. The Yankees had him for his theoretical prime years from age 26-30. In that first year in NY, he hit .314 with 24 HRs, a .419 OBP, and 80 steals. He put up a 9.9 WAR! I'd say that's a blockbuster move that worked out well. Sadly (for me), his teams in NY went no where and he didn't appear in one playoff game for the Yankees.
The second card is pretty cool from the amazing inaugural Topps Finest set. I think it's only right that Rickey was an A while this set was featured.

I'm sure I'll find even more treasures as I continue my quest for organization.


  1. Rickey likes seeing himself get recognized on your blog.

    One of the best players ever!

  2. December 5th, 1984. A date which will live in infamy for this Oakland Athletics fan.