As I'm sure you've heard the Baseball guru, Greg Maddux, has called it quits. No longer will the league have to deal with his clairvoyant mastery of the game. He won't be around to pinpoint a strike right on the corner or call a game to near perfection. His ability to know a batters tendencies better than the batter themselves was uncanny. He is sure to be a first ballot Hall of Famer and will probably find himself on the bench coaching a lucky team to a World Series. He will be missed, but I doubt his absence from the game will be long.
In honor of his accomplishments I though I'd show his rookie cards. He first debut on cardboard in 1987 with his inclusion in the above 1987 Donruss card set. Maddux was originally drafted by the Cubs in 1984.
Fortunately for collectors his rookie cards are not very rare or expensive. Overproduction and investor hype during the late 80's has created an enormous supply that is doubtful to ever exceed demand. Nevertheless, these cards are a must for any collectors showcase.
Above is the 1987 Fleer Update and below is the 1987 Topps Traded rookie cards of Greg Maddux. The card makers wanted to include new rookies who broke through and traded players in that years card design so they made these cards later in the season as a secondary set available only through hobby channels. You could not pull this card from a pack bought at the local market. They are more rare than the first card I highlighted, but can still be purchased at very affordable prices. If you spend more than a couple of dollars, before shipping, on eBay then you spent too much.