Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks

Mike Oz

The reason I collected baseball cards as a kid was because of Jose Canseco and those 1986 rookie cards. When my grandma and I would open up packs that first year I fell in love with baseball, it’s what we were looking for.

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So when Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks guested on this week’s episode of 25-Year-Old Baseball Cards and pulled a Canseco from a pack of 1992 Topps, it took me back. Getting a Canseco card in 2017 isn’t exactly as cool as it was in 1986, but one of the reasons I love doing this video series is for the nostalgia. So yes, I’ll chase Cansecos like I did when I was 6.

Swinging a trade for that Canseco would be a challenge. Hendricks — who finished third in the NL Cy Young voting last season — is a smart dude. He went to Dartmouth and he’s nicknamed “The Professor.” So watch this week’s episode and see whether I could pull off a deal. Along the way, we find a former Cubs coach and manager, a very, very young looking future star and a Cubs pitcher will some fly glasses.

Kyle Hendricks opening old Topps cards from 1992. (Yahoo Sports)
Kyle Hendricks opening old Topps cards from 1992. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to this series, here’s the deal: My grandma kept all these old baseball cards, unopened, from when she and I used to collect. Now that they’re basically worthless, I open them with baseball players and managers and other people around the game. If you dig this, check out some of our past episodes.

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Clayton Kershaw
Buck Showalter
Frank Thomas
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Scott Boras
Bobby Bonilla
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