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1991 Pacific Nolan Ryan

1991 Pacific Nolan Ryan baseball card

Nolan Ryan

This 1991 Pacific Nolan Ryan baseball card is an interesting, yet pretty much worthless card of a baseball legend. With Ryan just becoming the only member of the 5000 Strikeout Club and also recently throwing his sixth and seventh no hitters, Ryan was one of the hottest commodities in baseball card collecting at the time. Pacific attempted to capitalize on this by releasing an entire set of Nolan Ryan cards called "The Ryan Texas Express". These cards were not only unattractive, but extremely overproduced. As a result of this these cards can now be had for next to nothing on the open market. This particular card is one of the few interesting cards of the issue as it features a picture of Ryan in a bloody Texas Rangers uniform after taking a Bo Jackson line drive to the face. Back in those days, nobody was going to tell Ryan that he had to leave the game for repairs.

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Nolan Ryan Baseball Cards

One of the most popular pitchers among baseball card collectors along with such greats as Sandy Koufax and Bob Gibson, Nolan Ryan did not become a true collecting superstar until later in his career. Always known as an exciting power pitcher, Ryan's star rose to epic proportions as he approached unprecedented career strikeout milestones. There was a time in the early 1990s when vintage Nolan Ryan baseball card rivaled the popularity of even those of Mickey Mantle. The price of vintage Ryan cards eventually came back down a bit, but year in year out, his cards are always among the most expensive regular issue non-rookie cards in each set. The case can be made that there is nearly twenty years of baseball card sets where Nolan Ryan cards are the most sought after standard card of the set.

The Player

With over 5,700 career strikeout, Nolan Ryan leads his closest competitor by nearly 1,000 K's. A durable power pitcher who pitched for four teams in his remarkable 27 year career, "The Ryan Express" threw a record seven no-hitters. Known for a 100 MPH fastball and a devastating breaking ball, Ryan could be more dominant than any pitcher who ever stepped on a mound. Despite never winning a Cy Young Award, Ryan was a first ballot Hall of Famer.