Richard Gossage, better to known to baseball fans as Goose Gossage, played Major League Baseball over 22 seasons for 9 teams. Many baseball enthusiasts credit him as the individual who paved the way for the closer in baseball. He pitched in over 1,000 games, had 310 saves, and 115 wins in relief. In short, his career was outstanding. He became eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2000, but he was not elected until this year, 2008. He is the only player represented in the 2008 Hall of Fame class. As a celebration of his induction, I thought it would be fitting to discuss some of my favorite Goose Gossage baseball cards.
- 1973 Topps Rookie Card- Card #174 from the 1973 Topps set shows the rookie Rich Gossage on the Chicago White Sox. I always enjoy rookie cards, and although this card doesn’t fetch a high price, it’s still an important part of the Goose Gossage baseball card collection. This is where his Hall of Fame career began.
- 1984 Donruss- Goose Gossage is commonly recognized for his time spent with the New York Yankees. These were some of Gossage’s greatest years as a pitcher. He had a consistently low ERA, and he began to collect numerous saves. This card was also from his last year as a Yankee(during that stretch, he did go back in 1989.)
- 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated- The 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Goose Gossage autograph card has become very popular among Gossage collectors. Some estimates suggest the card is worth around $30 in mint condition. The card shows Gossage in his Yankees uniform pitching off the mound, and it contains the signature along the bottom. This card was issued years after his legendary career ended, and it’s a great commemoration of a Hall of Fame career.
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