Thursday, May 1, 2008

May 1, 1991: Rickey Steals #939

May 1 is an important date to any Rickey Henderson fan, it's the day that he stole his 939th base, and passed Lou Brock on the all-time list. Today's post will be a fairly picture heavy showcase of some of my items that commemorate that memorable day.

The first few pictures are some of the cards that were produced commemorating Rickey breaking the record. Most were produced in 1992, but some, such as the 1999 Upper Deck Epic Milestones in the second picture, came many years later.

The next two pictures depict a 1992 Starting Lineup Headline Collection. These collections contained a figure as well as a stand that contained a newspaper headline from a local paper commemorating the event, which in this case was the Oakland Tribune.

This picture of Rickey hugging Lou Brock was cut from the front page of my local paper (the Daily Republic) on May 2, and I have no idea what happened to the rest of the paper. The caption also mentions the other historic event that happened on that day (Nolan Ryan's 7th no-hitter).

There were quite a few pins produced depicting Rickey's 939th steal. The top one (I believe) was given away at the Oakland Coliseum on the day he broke the record. I'm pretty sure this was the case, as the dates that he reached all of his previous stolen base milestones are listed, but May 1st is not.

Finally, are these two cards that Pepsi produced during a promotion with Rickey. The top "card" was actually cut from the side of the 12 pack, while the bottom is actually an official baseball card.


Anonymous said...

I have a lithograph of rickey by bob davidson(#41of 939)given to me by Krazy George,what do you think it might be worth ? i cant find anything

ManOfSteal said...

Unless your litho is autographed by Rickey, its resale value probably isn't that great. It's nice that it is serial numbered, but it isn't a very limited edition. The price of lithographs also has a lot to do with how attractive that art actually is. If you want to send me an e-mail with a scan of the litho, I might be able to help you out a little more.

Anonymous said...

My husband has a baseball signed by Rickey Henerson his uncle is friends with Rickey, I was wondering what the value may be now that he is going to be in the hall of fame

ManOfSteal said...


Rickey hasn't actually been inducted into the HOF yet, although his induction is inevitable. Baseballs autographed by Rickey usually sell anywhere from $50-$100. I would expect a small surge in prices around Induction day, but since its been known for awhile that he would be inducted, most of the price increase should already be built in. In the long run, since there are a large number of Rickey Henderson autographed baseballs in the market, I don't see the price increasing much above its current value.

Anonymous said...

I went to the 939 game, and i still have the stub and the cheapie yellow flyer commemorating the event that they handed out as we left the game. i'm trying to figure out a value, but not having much success.

ManOfSteal said...

Anonymous, I'm pretty sure I know the flyer that you're talking about, but I'd like to be positive. If you could send me an e-mail ( with a scan of the flyer, I could give you more accurate information. I'd also love a scan of the stub to include in a future post on the blog.

Dan said...

I have the same 2 items as your last "poster" - I have my stub and the yellow, "I Was There" flier from the game. I was also the green man from the games back in the day, and have some pics from getting ready in the lot before gametime - What a day!