Mets Card of the Week: 2000 Rickey Henderson

2000 TOPPS RICKEY HENDERSON Baseball cards taught me that Hall of Famers Yogi Berra, Duke Snider and Warren Spahn played for the Mets. I have vivid memories of Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Mike Piazza and Tom Seaver playing for my favorite team. Yet, somehow, it’s not an immediate memory for me of Rickey Henderson [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 2007 Willie Randolph

2007 TOPPS WILLIE RANDOLPH With the Mets hiring a coach from the Yankees with no previous MLB managerial experience, my thoughts turned to Willie Randolph. The Mets hired Randolph following the 2004 season, in which he served as Joe Torre’s bench coach. The previous 10 years, Randolph was the team’s third base coach. And in [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 1969 Jerry Koosman

1969 DECKLE JERRY KOOSMAN Most Topps inserts from the 1960s and 1970s get a big thumbs up from me. And then there’s this deckle insert from 1969. It would be curious to know the exec who greenlighted a glossy, black and white offering. And if that contrast wasn’t bad enough, we have the “deckle” edging. [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 1981 Mike Jorgensen

1981 DONRUSS MIKE JORGENSEN We all knew that the world of baseball card collectors was going to be turned upside down back in 1981, when Fleer and Donruss were allowed to compete with Topps. Their first offerings in 1981 weren’t the most-polished, as there were error cards galore in the two non-Topps sets. Additionally, the [...]

Mets Card of the Week: 1984 Dwight Gooden

1984 FLEER UPDATE DWIGHT GOODEN In 1990 I started a Dwight Gooden collection. Previously, my interest was all about collecting complete sets and that’s still very much my priority. But, given all of the various card manufacturers that were around then, it seemed reasonable to have a single-player corner in my collection. Gooden had already [...]