A Rookie card is he first card produced of a player or athlete that is a part of a nationally distributed, fully licensed sports card set.
The RC designation extends to all cards produced that fit the definition in a single year, so it is possible for one athlete to have many different rookie cards.
A rookie card is not necessarily always produced during a player's rookie season because there could have been cards that fit the definition printed in previous years.
It is generally agreed that to be a true rookie card, the card must be numbered as part of a product's base set. Thus, insert cards of any type are generally not considered to be rookie cards.
1987 The BBWAA elects hurler Catfish Hunter and outfielder Billy Williams (Cubs, A's) to the Hall of Fame. The right-hander, an ace with the A's and Yankees, became one of the game's first big money free agents, and the Chicago flychaser established a National League record by playing in 1,117 consecutive games.
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