Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rickey Henderson - Granny Goose

Happy New Year everyone!  It has been fun reading everyone's 2013 accomplishments and goals for 2014.  I am putting the finishing touches on my 2014 goals and hope to share them over the weekend.

I thought I would kick off the new year with an awesome pickup of a card I have been in need of since the mid 80s when I started collecting Rickey Henderson.  A few weeks back I shared the acquisition of a McCovey white whale in a trade with mrhaverkamp and not too long after I was able to seek out a purchase one of my Rickey white whales.

This is the 1981 Granny Goose card of Rickey.  Granny Goose produced A's cards from 1981-1983 and while the 82 and 83 versions seem much more plentiful, this card seems to be quite a bit more rare.  I have had my eyes open for this card off and on since I started collecting Henderson and was able to pick this one up for under $20 delivered which I thought was a pretty good price.

It is a great young picture of Rickey with a big smile, some Bake McBride-like hair coming out from under his cap and a nice gold necklace in the green and gold of the Billy Ball A's.  You can also see a nice grease stain from the chips and I wouldn't want it any other way.

It isn't one of my "goals" for 2014 but I do plan on getting my most wanted card for each of the players I collect into the Baker's Dozen list this year.  This Rickey would have been my card so I need to scour the list and determine which card I have to go after next.


  1. Grease stains weird me out a little, but I'd be happy with that. Great card of Rickey.

  2. fantastic pick up. i've been chasing the same card for a while now but haven't found one that i was ready to pull the trigger on. Fuji picked up the card a few months ago...soon enough for me.

    1. wow... you've got an excellent memory. that set was a huge addition to my collection in 2013.

  3. Awesome card. The grease stain definitely adds character to this card. Congratulations on adding it to your collection.

  4. hello...i stumbled onto to this site...I have many '1981...and '1982 having grown up in the bay area. you got a great deal on the Rickey

  5. I have one of these with a similar but larger grease stain along with a phone number in pencil across Rickie's face! My brother is a moron! LOL Card is in rough shape, but still a great card to have..