Sometimes you gotta give ’em what they want — NUDITY
Call me vein, but I like to know how you guys found me. I don’t advertise anywhere (does Twitter count?), and I am not active in a bunch of forums — although I am sure my stats would be up if I were. So to see that hundreds of you are finding me each day is quite remarkable.
Usually the search terms that lead to my blog are basic stuff — names of hottest players, recently released products, some broad search for “Yo MTV Raps cards.” (Have you seen the greatness of the Gallery?!?!?!)
But every few days I get a few lurkers hunting for nudity.
Today: “rickey henderson naked.”
This is the first time I got this search term. Oddly enough I get a few hits from people looking for “David Wright Nude” every few days. Sorry guys and gals, no David Wright nakedness here.
Oh yeah, I gots me some “Rickey Henderson Naked.” In fact, a LOT of people had some Rickey Henderson Naked in 1991.
So Beckett recently released the ’90s issue of the Beckett Sports Card Monthly and somehow, the magazine complely missed the gem that is the 1991 Score Dream Team subset.
Want to talk gimmicks and controversy? Check these things out. There were three players in the ultra-sheik 1991 Score Dream Team Set who posed partially nude for their baseball cards.
Rickey Henderson is in his underwear seemingly taking a lead off a base.
Jose Canseco is completely topless and wearing his jeans while completing a swing in the hillside somewhere.
When I worked in newspapers a few years back I had some down time and searched our archives for articles on baseball cards. I found two: One on the controversial 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken “Rick” Face card and one on these 1991 Score Dream Team cards.
If I remember correctly, the article was written by a female colleague and essentially documented the various reactions from people about these partially nude cards. Reactions were all over the board. Some liked them, others said they would no longer let their kids collect because of the gimmickry.