By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
Do you have one Rookie Card that you just find more interesting than all of the rest? If so, tell us why and we might showcase your answers as part of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly that’s all about rookies.
For myself, the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC has taken on that spot for me after it being held by the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie or his 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies first minor-league issue for years.
Well, in my younger years I never owned one — it was simply too pricey — and when I did land one it was one that showed its age with some creases and wear and tear, nothing like the BGS 9 behemoth above.
For me, that card has become my model of cardboard perfection — not the graded 9 specimen, but any copy. To me, it’s become the model of what a baseball card should be. It is perfect. Its well-balanced and perfectly colored design is one thing. Another is its perfect action photo for the time — a photo that showcases a memorable part of the player’s game (in this case, his compact batting stance) with colors and composition that’s simply not topable. It’s even got a perfectly placed, perfectly legible facsimile autograph that can’t even come close to the real thing these days when Henderson signs them.
Plenty of cardboard has come and gone in the 34 years since this Rookie Card arrived — and I’d argue that not much has trumped it. It’s the perfect Rookie Card, so that’s why it stands out to me.
Which RC stands out for whatever reason to you? Tell me in the comments below …
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