The world may never again see a character like Rickey Henderson.
As one of the most collected players of all-time, thanks to an entry into the Hall of Fame, his cards have spiked even more than usual.
While Rickey has plenty of rare cards, certified autographs, and game-used relics, his 1980 Topps rookie card still holds some serious clout and a recent “Gem Mint” proved just that when it sold for an astonishing $9,300.
What makes Rickey’s card so special, aside from being a first year card of one of the greatest of all-time, is the perfect Topps design and photograph. It’s such an iconic image that Topps re-used it for a later release and even sold the actual photograph on eBay.
That photograph, which you can see HERE, almost cracked a thousand on its own. It’s a great reminder that despite all of today’s gimmicks, sometimes all you need is a strong design and good photograph to create a classic, memorable baseball card.
Imagine if that 1980 Topps card had a sticker autograph, piece of memorabilia, or a Refractor “glow” to it. I don’t know, just wouldn’t seem as classy. As for the insane price on the graded version, you could always pick up a not so perfect one for much less.