Archive for Rickey Henderson

Icon-O-Clasm: Six Swatches of Separation — Rickey Henderson game-used cards

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , , , , on November 17, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


Thrift Treasures 88: Return of the Bash Brothers 

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on July 16, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Given my geographic location it’s pretty common that during my thrift store hunting I come across Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants items.

While nothing moving forward likely won’t ever match a find from five years ago (Thrift Treasures 27) in which I acquired multiple autographs from the Bash Brothers years, I still get excited when I see A’s collections from that era.

Case in point my find from this week.

Sitting on top of the showcase at a local thrift store was a bag full of Oakland A’s Stadium Giveaway card sets and some misc. other cards.  

The giveaway sets ranged from 1986-2010, most of then were Mother’s Cookies sets which appeared to be mostly complete.  Well, the thrift store was selling the cards 20 for $1.

I managed to get into to store 20 minutes before they closed so I was able to search feverishly through the sets and other cards and managed to find 30 cards that cost me $1.50.

We’ll start with the “big” one here. This is a 1986 Mother’s Cookies Jose Canseco rookie-year release.

This was a relatively tough card to find in the Bay Area during Canseco’s hay day and it has always been one that I  wanted to acquire. Needless to say it was a steal at a nickel.

Speaking of Canseco, I pulled all of his cards, and those featuring fellow Bash Brother Mark McGwire, and Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson from the sets. I love these Mother’s Cookies releases.

Here are a few more A’s from 1997-2000, and some mid 2000s releases.  I like the Disabled Veterans Barry Zito releases; neat considering the work Zito did fot Strikeout For Troops 

A few Nick Swisher SGA cards for Chris Olds at Beckett.

Giants Reliever Santiago Casilla, an integral role player for the 2014 World Series Champions, started his career on Oakland under the name of “Jairo Garcia.” Here’s a 2004 release under that assumed name, and then a 2008 release under his real name. Interesting to note the vitals on the rear of the cards. 

So, growing up in the Bay Area, I was around for the years in which Kevin Mitchell was the man for the Giants.  I totally forgot he played about 50 games for Oakland in 1998 during his final tour on the Major Leagues.  This just doesn’t look right.

A pair of 1988 Nestle cards featuring former Giants star Will Clark and current Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti.

That find from five years ago had lots of autos. This find had just one, a rookie-year 1999 Just Mark Mulder. The numbered insert was a bonus.  

And the last two cards were giveaways during a game in Sept. 3, 2001, during Cal Ripken Jr.’s final tour through Oakland.  As ugly as they might be, these aren’t easy to find.  I actually sold one a year or so ago for $30.

Total cost of these treasures: $1.50 (a nickel per card)

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Ball signed by Rickey Henderson circa 1982 gifted to me by co-worker

Posted in Misc., Newspaperman with tags , , , on July 11, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I work with some awesome people. Their generosity is off the charts sometimes.

One of my co-workers, who collects game-used San Francisco 49ers equipment, often brings items to me to look at and help photo match. 

Well, the other day he showed up and left a baseball on my desk.  The ball was signed by players of the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals. The first signature I could read was an obvious one, Rickey Henderson.

The co-worker then told me the ball was for me, a gift, but he wanted to know who had signed the ball.  He acquired it himself in the early 1980s but had forgotten exactly who signed it.

Well, I pinned the ball down to 1982, when my co-worker was 15. Here are the signatures.


Thrift Treasures 68: 2014 Tri-Star San Francisco show bargain bin hauls

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by Cardboard Icons


So last week I attended the annual Tri-Star show in San Francisco, and this time I went with a co-worker, whom I recently discovered was a card collector.  I was a bit uncertain of going with the guy — because I tend to go spend a lot of time going through stuff most people don’t care about — but it turned out fine.  He also likes to spend a lot of time at shows.  Guess I have a new partner to go to shows with.

I digress.  As usual I went to the first night of the three-day show, which gave me an early crack at the bargain boxes, the ones full of cards priced at a dime an a quarter, etc.  Well, in comparison to previous shows, this one was probably the least exciting for me.  The overall volume of stuff I bought was the least I had purchased in five years.  There are different reasons for this, but I think I’m becoming a tad more selective in what I’m purchasing from these boxes.

Anyway, enough of the chit-chat, on with the show …

We’ll start with the first dealer, who usually has cards offered for a dime a piece if you buy 200, but for some reason his stock this time didn’t grab me the way it had in previous years.  He tends to come up with new stuff for each show — which is awesome, by the way — but this stash just didn’t have the appeal.  So I settled for just 18 cards at a quarter a piece. A handful of prospect refractors, a few serial numbered cards (as low as 50) and one of my favorites of all time, the 1992 Upper Deck “Mr. Baseball” short print card featuring Tom Selleck and Frank Thomas.

IMG_8674The same seller also had some other boxes in which he had “better” cards priced at different levels, $3 each or $5 each.  I was kind of in a stingy mood so I only went for three from these boxes.

The Joey Votto Heritage ‘Action’ SP/variation and Bobby Thomson autograph were $5 each, and the 2014 Topps David Ortiz celebration variation card was $3.


Across the way from the aforementioned seller was another guy who had cards cheap, at a dime a piece.  But I skimmed through the boxes really quick after a half dozen or so people did the same.  I spent five minutes going through boxes real quick and only nabbed these 10 cards for $1.  That’s six 1994 Topps Archives Hank Aaron rookie reprints and three Willie Mays cards from the same set.  I found a 2012 Topps Mike Trout as my tenth card and called it a day from that seller.


Around the corner from the second seller was a guy who had a showcase full of signed shiny stuff, and then two boxes of items that were priced at $3 each, or three for $6.  I found three cards and the guy said he only wanted a $5 bill from me.  This shocked me because … I got a steal on these.  Do you see what I did?

IMG_8668Yeah, that Justin Morneau and the ‘Hot Corner Guardians” card are … 2011 Topps Heritage BLACK refractors, serial numbered to 62 copies each.  At $1.33 each that’s a steal.  That Posey is a basic Heritage Chrome refractor /562.

A few tables to the south was a guy from Sacramento.  We chatted a bit as I was going through his boxes of random autographs.  I stumbled upon a 2000 Greats of the Game Autographs Moose Skowron, which he had labeled at $10.  I paused, it was obvious I wanted it. Not because I am a big Moose Skowron fan, but because I am working on the set.  I told the guy I was working on the set and the Skowron was one of those autographs that I always pass on, because I hate the price.  He told me that I could have it for the lowest eBay price.  I checked and the prices were all over the place, from $2 to $10.  We settled on $5.  Win for me … and him, too, I suppose.

IMG_8670At another table a guy was selling a bunch of items for just a quarter a piece.  And while I could have purchased many more items, I decided to limit myself a bit here.  I picked up a few 2014 Topps Opening Day Blue Parallels, a 2013 Topps Update Gold parallel Danny Salazar “RC”, a 2013 Topps Update BCA Pink Pedro Strop /50, a 2013 Topps Update Juan Lagares Emerald Wave /25, three 2013 Gypsy Queen Minis of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, and my favorite, a 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Bazooka mini of “King Tut” serial numbered /25.

IMG_8678The same seller had a box of cards for $1 each.  I took one, 2014 Topps Heritage Matt Kemp “Action” SP/Variation.  He put the base card in there too, which could be evident in the picture.

IMG_8679And the last dealer from whom I made purchases had a few items that made me laugh.  He had four boxes of items for a quarter each, and then a box containing items he was selling 3 for $5.

Well, the quarter boxes gave me eight cards, including five serial numbered cards (That McGwire is /600, Harrison is /100, Armas is /100, ans the Bagwell and Garciaparra are /2000), and three 1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa rookie cards.  I’m sure some of you remember when that Sosa Leaf rookie was a $150 card.  Had to own them at that price.

IMG_8675And the final purchases of the night came from the same seller.  Remember the aforementioned “3 for $5″ box?  Well, I found four cards.  He essentially charged me $1.50 a card.  That’s a 2000 Topps ‘Career Best” Sequential /1334, a 2000 Ultra Platinum Medallion Manny Ramirez /50, a 2012 Bowman Prospects (retail) Autograph Kolten Wong, and a card I always wanted, a 1974 Topps Willie McCovey with the “Washington” designation on top.  It’s the rarer version of the card; there is a more common “San Diego” version that is easier to find.


Total cost of these treasures: $38

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Newest Hall of Fame autograph has arrived (Thanks, Topps!)

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , on September 7, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

RickeyIt pretty much goes without saying … WE ALL DISLIKE REDEMPTION CARDS.

Notice I didn’t say Hate.  It’s too strong of a word.  I think dislike is more apt because I think deep down there is some joy that some of us get from these cards.

While we’d all like to have the card fresh in-hand from the pack, redemption cards do present a great opportunity to those who are willing to wait out the redemption process.

On Saturday I received my 2012 Topps Five Star Rickey Henderson autograph card, which was the result of a redemption card I purchased on eBay about a month ago.  The good news was when I bought the redemption card, there was already word that the cards were already live, so I figured I wouldn’t have to wait that long.  From start to finish, it took about three weeks to turn the redemption card into the live card, which is shown here.  In the end, I saved roughly $35 and received a gorgeous card.  Thank you, Topps.

Sometimes you gotta give ’em what they want — NUDITY

Posted in Cardboard Porn with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

One of my favorite daily routines is to check my blog stats and search terms to see how some people found this little site about baseball cards.

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.

I digress.

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.

But Rickey?

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.

And Kirby Puckett is just posing topless … kinda awkward, I know.

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.

Sound familiar?

Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul #3: Now with Die Cuts!

Posted in New Addition, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

This is THE Diamond Giveaway Haul post I’ve been waiting to post.

Over the 10 months I’ve been somewhat busy on the Topps Diamond Giveaway site.  During that time I’d acquired more than 60 rookie cards for my collection as well as some nice Die Cuts.

I’d already taken delivery of two shipments, all of which had been rookie cards.  The posts can be seen here and here.

But alas, the Die Cuts have come home … along with some more rookies of course

We’ll start with the cardboard virgins (aka rookies) because I have to show these badboys off.  Most are guys you’ve never heard of, but some of them have great names.

1956 Topps Bob Nelson rookie

1964 Topps Herm Starrette

1971 Topps Don Hahn

1973 Topps Jim Breazeale rookie

1973 Topps Chuck Seelbach rookie

1974 Topps Bob Gallagher rookie

1974 Topps Gene Garber rookie

1975 Topps Mario Mendoza rookie

1976 Topps Champ Summer rookie

1976 Topps Mike Miley rookie

1976 Topps Jim Umbarger rookie

1976 Topps John Candelaria rookie

1978 Topps Larry Harlow rookie

1979 Topps Bruce Bochy / Mike Fischlin / Don Pisker rookie

1979 Topps Bruce Benedict / Glenn Hubbard / Larry Whisenton rookie

1981 Topps Lamarr Hoyt rookie

1982 Topps Jay Howell / Ty Waller rookie

1982 Topps Jorge Bell rookie

1984 Topps Jeff Russell rookie

And now … the Die Cuts!

We’ll leadoff with the greatest lead-off hitter of all time,  Mr. Rickey Henderson.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Rickey Henderson

Batting second, another great lead-off hitter, Ichiro.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Ichiro

Every team needs and ace.  The leader of my Die Cut staff is Tim Lincecum.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Tim Lincecum

This next one proved to be one of the most popular cards on the site.  Everyone loves a hot rookie insert. Welcome, Mr. Eric Hosmer.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Eric Hosmer

The way I obtained this next Die Cuts is simply amazing.  I turned two common Die Cuts into a 1953 Common, which was then swapped for a 1952 Common.  That 1952 Common was then traded for a Jackie Robinson DDC, which then was traded up for this Cal Ripken … which was also a pretty popular card on the site.

2011 Topps Diamond Die Cut Cal Ripken

And we close this edition of Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul with the man who made this entire shipment free because his card was a black die cut serial numbered out of 60.  Welcome to the collection, Joey Bats!

2011 Topps Black Diamond Die Cut Jose Bautista /60

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