Here are a few cards of each to celebrate this accomplishment.
I pulled this 1991 Studio Jeff Bagwell RC from a pack back in 1991. I must have gotten the pack from a card shop, but I remember taking it with me to a Phoenix Roadrunners (minor league hockey) game that night to show some friends. Bagwell was a top rookie at the time and this was one of the best cards you could pull.
This 1991 Stadium Club is also a RC, but I didn't add it to my collection until just a couple of years ago courtesy of a dime box at my local card shop. I remember when I first saw the card I thought his arm was resting on a diving board.
It took Tim Raines 10 years to get it in, but it finally happened. Raines started his playing career before I started collecting and so out of the three (Bagwell, Raines, and Rodriguez) I have the fewest cards of Raines. Raines played for several different teams late in his career, but when I think of Raines I think of the Expos.
Tim is also one of just a few players that actually got their nickname featured on their actual cards. For a brief period (1989 - 1992) Topps replaced Tim, with his Rock nickname on his card fronts.
Ivan Rodriguez was the catcher of American League in the 1990's. He was an All-Star every year 1992-2001 and won a Gold Glove every year during that same span. 1999 was his best season and as a result he won the American League MVP award that season.
When I think of Ivan Rodriguez, I think of Pudge. His nickname never made the leap to replace his first name on a card, as far as I know, but it did make it into quotes on this Upper Deck Play Ball card.
Let me know your thoughts on today's Hall of Fame announcement.