This is the key rookie card of baseball's greatest leadoff man. Rickey Henderson, who played an amazing 25 years, combined power and speed at the top of the lineup for nearly three full decades. Henderson finished his career with
1,406 stolen bases (#1 all-time), 3,055 hits, 2,295 runs scored (#1 all-time), 2,190 walks, a .401 on-base percentage and 297 home runs. In fact, he led off a game with a home run 81 times, the MLB record. This 10-time All-Star led the league in stolen bases 12 times and he still holds the record for stolen bases in a season with 130, a
number that seems unreachable in today's game. In 1990, Henderson won the AL MVP as a member of the Oakland A's by hitting .325 with 28 home runs, 119 runs scored, 65 stolen bases and a .439 OBP. This card is fairly tough to find centered by modern standards and the 1980 Topps card was often cut in a manner that left the corners with
a blunt appearance. In addition, print defects are found on this card from time to time but, since the image of Henderson was taken from a distance, the presence of such defects may not affect the eye-appeal quite as much as they would on a portrait-style image. Finally, this card has
been counterfeited - so beware.
Rickey Henley Henderson (December 25, 1958-) holds the records for most stolen bases in a career (1,406), most stolen bases in a single season (130), most walks (2,190), most career runs (2,295) and most leadoff home runs (81). The ten-time All-Star selection played 25 seasons for nine teams, primarily with Oakland (1979-1984, 1989-1993, 1994-1995, 1998) and the Yankees (1985-1989). Rickey Henderson led the league twelve times in stolen bases, five times in runs and four times in walks. In 1990, Rickey Henderson was named the American League Most Valuable Player after posting a league leading 119 runs and 58 stolen bases while batting .325 with a league leading on-base percentage of .439 as he helped guide the A’s to a second straight AL pennant. Rickey Henderson was a Gold Glove winner in 1981, won three Silver Slugger Awards and was a member of two World Series champions with Oakland in 1989 and Toronto in 1993. Rickey Henderson’s amazing durability, surprising power and seemingly never-fading speed made him arguably the greatest leadoff batter and certainly the greatest base stealer of all-time. Rickey Henderson retired after compiling 3,055 hits, 2,295 runs, 1,115 RBI 297 home runs and 1,406 stolen bases with a .279 career batting average. Rickey Henley Henderson was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.