It’s Hall of Fame week in Major League Baseball. The trade deadline is also approaching. And this week’s new episode of “Old Baseball Cards” — our baseball-card driven nostalgia show — checks both boxes. We have Tim Raines, the 2017 Hall of Fame inductee, as our guest and we make a pretty epic trade.
Raines opens a pack of 1986 Donruss and pulls the famous card from the set — the Jose Canseco Rated Rookie. The same Jose Canseco Rated Rookie that I spent my childhood collecting. The same Jose Canseco rookie card that, despite Canseco’s numerous transgressions, is still worth about $10 all these years later.
Love him or hate him, it’s an iconic baseball card. And I had to get it from Tim Raines. Strap yourselves in, because we go through quite the trade negotiation on this week’s episode. It took almost an entire ’80s/’90s All-Star team. We also hear stories about Reggie Jackson, Sammy Sosa and relive those Expos days.
If you’re new to our “Old Baseball Cards” show, we open packs of cards from the ’80s and ’90s with players, coaches and famous fans. Most of the cards aren’t worth much, but they’re great for inspiring stories and memories. It all started with cards my grandma bought when I was a kid that had been sitting in my garage for years. We’ve plenty of great episodes, all of which you can find below.
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Mike Krukow | Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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