Baseball’s True Rookie Card

When it comes to researching the origins of the game of baseball, your most likely going to come across some grey areas.  This is common among a lot of things that don’t seem historically important in the beginning, especially a long time ago.

One of the most historical cards to be made this year comes from 2010 TRISTAR OBAK (no surprise).  What surprised me is that its not included in the Game Changers portion of the set.  The card I’m referring to is of Col. John Stevens III.  This is the man who first owned Elysian Fields where on June 19, 1846 the Knickerbockers played the New York Nine in the first organized game between two clubs.  To me, this is the true rookie card of the game of baseball.


On the reverse side, there is a picture of Elysian Fields.

A True “Mystery” Cut

If the card gods asked me what cut signature would make a good addition to my collection, I’d have to say Connie Mack.  I’ve been watching a lot of Mack cut autos pop-up for sale, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet on any of them.  Tonight I came across this 2008 Upper Deck SP Mystery Cuts Mack auto which features the partial signature of someone else.  Upper Deck doesn’t mention who the other person is, but I’m guessing they had to be important if they signed the photo too.  On the other hand, that person could’ve just been a fan and wanted to put their signature next to Mack’s.

So who is this mystery person on the right?


Ryan’s True Rookie?

The debate about what is and is not a true rookie card has been going on for a lot longer than you think.  One of the most popular vintage cards has to be the Nolan Ryan / Jerry Koosman 1968 Topps RC.  But did you know that Ryan actually appears on an earlier card?  Ryan played for a short time with the Mets in 1966 and has is name on the back of the 1967 Topps Mets Team card.  This doesn’t seem to influence collectors very much because the ’68 Topps gets a lot more attention.  I just think its funny that in today’s hobby the first cards to feature a player are consider true rookies (at least by collectors and not the MLBPA) and the second year cards usually aren’t worth as much.  In the case of Nolan Ryan, its totally opposite.

The ’68 Topps is heavly counterfeited.  Be sure you know what to look for with those Rookie Stars.


True or False?

2008 Upper Deck is more like the original Topps Stadium Club than 2008 Topps Stadium Club?

2008 Upper Deck

2008 Topps Stadium Club