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Random Rookie Recap: 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman

Posted in Random Rookie Recap with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

randomrookierecapI know what you’re thinking: “Why on earth did he actually put Jerry Koosman’s name in the title. No one calls that card the Ryan/Koosman rookie.” Well, fact is Koosman wasn’t exactly John Hilton. Got me?

Whether you call this card the Ryan rookie or something 1968toppsnolanryanelse, the undeniable fact is that this is one of the greatest cards of the last two decades. No other card during the early 1990s grabbed hobby headlines like the Ryan/Koosman; at its height in popularity, this card held a $1,500 book value. At present, price guides list it at $500.

Upper Deck made splashes with the 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. release, Kevin Maas and his rookies had their 15 seconds of fame. But pound for pound, the Ryan (and Koosman) rookie is an iconic card, one that still captivates men who stopped collecting many years ago. Continue reading