Celebrating New MLB Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, and Joe Gordon

Celebrating New MLB Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice, and Joe Gordon

The Baseball Hall of Fame has inducted its most recent class, and the two men elected for 2009 (along with Veterans' selection Joe Gordon) took very different paths. All-time basestealing king and feared leadoff hitter Rickey Henderson made it in on his first try, while Red Sox power hitter Jim Rice had to wait until his last shot to finally get voted in.

As with most players who get the call to Cooperstown, interest is definitely up in both men's baseball cards and collectibles. Though neither ever created a frenzy in the hobby during their careers, they did provide a bit of a contrast between the consummate showman Henderson and the more low-key Rice.

Rickey Henderson Collectibles

Henderson's rookie card is well known to collectors, hailing from the 1980 Topps set and picturing him during his first stint with the Oakland A's. It had a high book value of $60 in the April issue of Beckett Baseball and had recently been trading for about half that price online, though Henderson's induction has lifted it higher for the time being. Plenty of graded examples can be found on the auction sites, though true mint cards are rare and a PSA 10 is currently on eBay with an asking price of $10,000.

Autographed Henderson memorabilia is also in fairly ample supply. Steiner Sports has a regular autographed baseball for just under $150 and is already offering one with a "HOF 09" inscription for the same price. Since Henderson bounced around so much during his lengthy career, it's possible to find his signature on pieces from a number of different teams, and Grandstand Sports has autographed 8x10 photos of him as an Athletic, a Yankee, a Mariner and a Met.

Henderson also didn't mind being included with other record breakers, so there are also items he autographed along with other 3,000 hit club members or legends like Hank Aaron and Nolan Ryan. And naturally, it isn't hard to find memorabilia focused on his most notable achievement - and he'll tell you all about it - when he broke the MLB career record for stolen bases. It's said that Rickey will no longer sign jerseys or bases, so those items may continue to rise in value going forward.

Top eBay Listings




1980 TOPPS RICKEY HENDERSON RC ROOKIE A'S CARD #482
$20.00

1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson RC UER 7 steals at Modesto should be Fresno $80
$10.00

PSA 9 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson RC Athletics Super Clean Front Back A1612
$397.00

1980 TOPPS COMPLETE 726 CARDS BASEBALL SET IN PLASTIC PAGES RICKEY HENDERSON RC
$99.99

1980 Topps Baseball Wax Pack GAI Graded NM-NT 8!! Rickey Henderson RC!! MLB
$62.99

6367* 1980 Topps # 482 Rickey Henderson RC NM-MT
$50.00

1980 Topps Baseball RICKEY HENDERSON RC ROOKIE CARD BVG BGS 8.5 NM-MT+ ATHLETICS
$139.99

1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson (RC)
$20.00



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Jim Rice Collectibles

Cards and collectibles for Rice are a little harder to find but also cost less than Henderson's on average. He actually has two identical rookie cards (Topps and O-Pee-Chee) from 1975 that show him with three other first year players. Both the book values and the realized prices on his RCs have consistently been slightly lower than Rickey's cards.

It's possible to find autographed Rice baseballs authenticated by reputable companies for less than $100. TRISTAR had been offering a signed bat with the stats from his 1978 AL MVP season for just $119, but that item is now sold out through the company's online store.

Another fun way to get Rice's autograph into your collection is with his fellow outfielders from the 70's Red Sox teams, Fred Lynn and Dwight Evans. Steiner Sports has 8x10 photos signed by the trio for $160 and 16x20 pictures for $260, while MVP Relics offers a MLB Authenticated baseball with all three signatures for $149.

Top eBay Listings




2001 Fleer Greats Of The Game Jim Rice AUTO Boston Red Sox
$6.63

2004 Timeless Treasures Jim Rice Auto Dual Jersey 14 Red Sox ONLY 14 NONE EBAY
$84.95

1975 Topps Mini Jim Rice RC – #616 PSA 8.5! Red Sox! HOF!
$159.99

2014 TOPPS FIVE STAR JIM RICE AUTO #219 399
$2.80

1975 TOPPS PSA 7 NM JIM RICE RC #616 GREAT CENTERING
$32.95

2012 Leaf Legends of Sport Inscriptions Jim Rice AUTO "1978 AL MVP" 4 10 RED SOX
$35.00

Steiner Authentic Signed Jim Rice Auto Major League Baseball
$49.95

2012 UPPER DECK SP SIGNATURE EDITION JIM RICE AUTO #34 50....LOOK!!!
$14.95



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Nick has been collecting sports cards and memorabilia, especially football, basketball, boxing and MMA, for over 25 years. He's been writing about the hobby for a while too, most recently for About.com. When cards and collectibles give him writer's block, Nick spends time editing and writing for BoxingWatchers.com, contributing to SLAM! Wrestling and reviewing music for HipHopSite.com. He lives outside of Hershey, PA (a.k.a. Chocolatetown, USA) with his wife Diane, daughter Beth and son J.T.

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