What's your definition of a baseball player's rookie card? Is it the player's first appearance on a trading card? Does it have to be part of a widely distributed product? Does he have to be wearing his MLB uniform?
These are questions that I'm still pondering after thirty plus years in this hobby. But one thing is for certain. These two cards aren't rookie cards:
1995 UC3 #101 1996 Select Certified #100
But I'm pretty certain, most of us will agree that these two cards are NOT their rookie cards. Yet Pinnacle clearly printed ROOKIE on them.
But enough is enough. Today... I'm declaring shenanigans! Shenanigans! Shenanigans! Shenanigans!
It's bad enough that there are already too many ways to define a rookie card, but the fact that there are wannabe rookie cards floating around our hobby is just too much.
I apologize for my little hissy fit... but I'm just wondering how many people have been duped into thinking they were purchasing a rookie card, when they're really purchasing a third year issue.
Happy Sunday and sayonara!