Thursday, February 7, 2019

Ya Know What I Miss..?

1984 Topps Andy Van Slyke
Those of you who collected baseball cards post 1980's will never know about the investigatory process that took place every time a new wax pack got ripped. Take today's rookie cards for instance.You know when you pull a rookie card because of  the "rc" label ,right?Such was not the case back In our days.No siree !Most 80's Topps rookie cards looked just like the base card of a 12 year veteran.Occasionally you'd get a future stars card depicting three of the teams/leagues brightest rookies ,but that didn't stop Topps from giving first year players their own ,individual cards.And that's when the profiler In all of us kicked In. Hmmmm?Who Is this guy?I've never heard of him.He's not an established star.He looks rather young.I need answers.I'd better flip the card around.And that ,my friends,was how we would ultimately come to the realization that the card we held In our hand was ,indeed ,a rookie card.The backs of our baseball cards told the story.The list of minor league seasons followed by that solitary major league season  was all the evidence we needed.If his career numbers matched that one major league season on the card back stat roll  then BINGO,we had ourselves a rookie card!Assuming you knew the difference between minor and major league teams (you don't know how many kids got shafted that way).That ,to me,was always a fun part of the hobby.The digging.Investigating.I miss that.


  1. I loved seeing all those minor league teams on the back of the cards.

    It was also fun when a player had played in the league without getting a card right away and then finding out a card was a rookie card.

  2. I know exactly what you mean!I'm drawing a blank right now but I know there was a few cards like that (2 or 3 year guys getting a card for the first time),just can't remember who the players were ,lol!

  3. I wish I could say that I learned about rookie cards by studying the back. Sadly... I found out about rookie cards by studying the small Beckett books that they sold at my school's book fairs.

  4. I stand corrected.I'm pretty sure the first time I saw "rc" was in a price guide.But even that took some sleuth work.Even so,price guides never listed all of the rookie cards so you still,ultimately,had to put two and two together to weed out the rest of them.