Rare PSA 10 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson Rookie Card Up for Auction

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1980 Topps Rickey Henderson Rookie Card PSA 10 FB

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When you think of 1980s baseball cards, you don’t normally think of cards that are worth thousands, let alone tens of thousands. But the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card isn’t just any 1980s baseball card. A PSA 10 copy of the card, an extremely tough grade for the set, is currently up for bid through SCP Auctions.

The price tag? Over $14,000 with plenty of time remaining.

1980 Topps Rickey Henderson Rookie Card PSA 10

The Rickey Henderson is one of just 15 copies to receive the Gem Mint grade from PSA thus far. 1980 Topps Baseball is extremely tough to find in top grade, which is what makes this card so impressive. The price has definitely followed.

“The blue ink backs and the white gloss front almost highlight corner and edge wear. But even cards that have been locked away untouched in packs or boxes are victims of the factory,” says Beckett Senior Vintage Grader, Andy Broome. “Centering plagues this set when it comes to condition. Whether it is diamond cut cards or just-off side-to-side, finding a card with gem mint or better centering is extremely tough. It’s that perfect storm of condition that is required for a perfect card.”

1980 Topps Rickey Henderson Rookie Card Reverse PSA 10

Of the more than 4,700 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookies submitted to BVG, eight have received a final grade of 9.5 while just one has a perfect 10.

While the price of this card isn’t nearly as high as the hundreds of thousands being paid for key vintage cards from the 1950s and ’60s right now, it’s still very important. The Henderson rookie card comes from a different era where more and more cards were kept as collectibles from the beginning.

It’s also one of the hallmark cards for the generation where the hobby hit its peak as far as reach. For these collectors, they have a direct connection with both the card and Henderson’s career as they likely grew up watching him.

Bidding on this card is scheduled to close on Saturday, April 23.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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13 comments

  1. Mike Pereira 23 April, 2016 at 20:17

    We need to bring back cardboard for atleast one product and cut the cards with an older machine. The cards today are too perfect, weird to say that. I think it’s rare to have a card grades below an 8 than above an 8. Doesn’t do much to see that a graded card came back a 9 when everyone has the same grade.

  2. Comillo hall 9 January, 2017 at 02:43

    I have a rickey henderson rookie card in very good condition with good corners and clean

  3. James Young 24 July, 2017 at 01:00

    I have the Rickey Henderson mint , perfect corners, it was a hard card to get back then , thats why i treasured it, i did notice the centering a little off. if you wanna check it out email me, thanks

  4. James Young 24 July, 2017 at 01:14

    Just a little less white on the left side of the card, i think thats what your talking about

    • Ryan Cracknell 9 November, 2017 at 13:03

      @Bruce — If you have a local card shop, they should be able to give it a first look and help you get the process started.

  5. marc smilen 18 May, 2018 at 19:18

    I have a bid on a slabbed Rickey graded an 8. The prices for cards graded 9 and 10 are ridiculous. But the prices for highest grade cards have given some value to lower grades. Grading has lifted the hobby as a whole. Dont buy PSA 10 if you can’t afford to get burned by a severe drop in value. Middle grades are safer investments

  6. Cjad 2 September, 2019 at 10:52

    Hi my name is Chad and I live in Hoover Alabama. I have a 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson set that has not been opened out of the box. I know the card has to be a 10 grade. Who do I need to contact on here to get it up for auction.

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