1980 Topps #482
Me? Well... if this post wasn't focused on the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson, I probably would have said the 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn. But Rickey would be second for sure.
The 1980 Topps baseball card design is solid. The photograph of Rickey features a well-cropped action shot, which is exactly what I'm looking for on a card. And it's one of those cards I dreamed of owning when I was a kid, but completely missed out on due to the rookie card boom combined with a little kid budget.
Unlike most of you, my memory isn't what it used to be... so I can't remember where or when I acquired this card. I can't imagine I paid much for it due to the rough bottom edge and soft corners.
But I do love the centering on this particular copy... and the back is nice with the exception of the printing dot in the upper right-hand corner.
In August of 2010, I upgraded and purchased this PSA 8 copy for my collection:
It set me back $36.50 (+ $2.50 shipping). I'm glad I picked it up back then, because there's no way I'd spend the triple digits this card commands on eBay these days.
Six years later, I added an autographed copy of this card to my collection:
This card was way more expensive than the other card. I submitted a $90 offer to the eBay seller and he/she accepted. My Rickey Henderson rookie card trifecta was complete.
These days, I enjoy collecting the reprints that Topps has been mass producing the past decade or so...
2010 Topps Card Your Mom Threw Out Original Back #482
2013 Topps Manufactured Rookie Card Patch #RCP12
2020 Topps Rookie Card Retrospective Logo Medallions #RCR-RH
And the newest addition to my Rickey Henderson collection...
2020 Topps Project 2020 #129
Yup. Like thousands of other baseball card collecting lemmings, I bit the bullet and purchased a Topps Project 2020 card.
This is actually the seventh one I've bought. The other six were purchased directly from Topps, while I snagged this one last week on eBay for $11.50 + ($1.06 tax). After seeing how cheap these sell on the secondary market, I regret purchasing the other cards directly from Topps.
Not sure when Topps plans to ship my cards, but as soon as I receive them... you'll be the first to know. In the meantime, take a few seconds to answer the question of the day...
When you think of iconic 80's rookie baseball card, what is the first card that pops into your head?
I look forward to reading and responding to your comments. Happy Tuesday and sayonara!
Here's a peek at which 80's rookie cards popped into reader's minds first.