Joe Morgan Rookie Cards w/ Pop Reports

Joe Morgan Rookie Cards w/ Pop Reports

Although there were plenty of opportunities to become a professional baseball player, there were no offers from any MLB teams. Not even a college scholarship offer. That was until Bill Wright, a scout for the Houston .45s noticed him. Joe Morgan has two official rookie cards.

Whitey Ford Rookie Card

Whitey Ford Rookie Card

Whitey Ford has one official rookie card. Card manufacturers skipped featuring him in any of their 1952 checklists but do feature him in their 1953 offerings. We’ll look at those too.

Bob Gibson Rookie Card & Why It’s a Collector Favorite

Bob Gibson Rookie Card & Why It’s a Collector Favorite

Bob Gibson has one official rookie card. We’ll be looking at his second-year card as well. But first, let’s look at the life and career of the Hoot.

Lou Brock Rookie Card

Lou Brock Rookie Card

With an invitation to tryout for both Chicago teams, Cubs and White Sox, Lou Brock impressed scouts and was offered contracts by both teams in 1960. Lou Brock has one official rookie card.

Tom Seaver Rookie Card w/ Affordable Alternatives

Tom Seaver Rookie Card w/ Affordable Alternatives

Tom Terrific has one official rookie card and no parallels, we’ll be looking at his second and third-year cards too! But first, allow me to begin with a most bizarre Draft story.

Nolan Ryan Rookie Cards with Affordable Alternatives

Nolan Ryan Rookie Cards with Affordable Alternatives

With their pick in the 12th Round, the New York Mets selected Nolan Ryan from Alvin High School in Alvin, TX. He has one official rookie card and three rookie parallels.

Reggie Jackson “Mr. October” Rookie Card

Reggie Jackson “Mr. October” Rookie Card

With the 2nd overall pick in the 1st Round of the 1966 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Kansas City Athletics selected Reggie Jackson from Arizona State University. He has one official rookie card and one parallel.

Studying the Rookie Cards of Professor Greg Maddux

Studying the Rookie Cards of Professor Greg Maddux

In my last post, we looked at the accomplishments and rookie cards of Hall of Famer Randy Johnson. A funny thing happened though after I posted it, I felt really inspired to do another All-Time Great pitcher, Greg Maddux.

Bringing Clarity to Randy Johnson Rookie Cards

Bringing Clarity to Randy Johnson Rookie Cards

In the 2nd Round of the 1985 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Montreal Expos selected Randy Johnson from the University of Southern California. He has 7 official rookie cards along with 2 parallels and another 7 cards that are oftentimes viewed as rookie cards but are not!

Larry Walker Rookie Cards

Larry Walker Rookie Cards

Larry Walker played his final MLB game on October 2, 2005, vs the Cincinnati Reds. That made him eligible for Hall of Fame induction in 2010. In his final year of eligibility, congratulations are deserving to this Canadian born ball-player also known as “Booger.”

Derek Jeter Rookie Cards (True RCs)

Derek Jeter Rookie Cards (True RCs)

With the 6th overall pick of the 1st Round in the 1992 MLB June Amateur Draft, the New York Yankees selected Derek Jeter from Central High School in Kalamazoo, MI. He has 8 official rookie cards and 5 parallels.

Rookie Cards of the “BIG HURT” Frank Thomas

Rookie Cards of the “BIG HURT” Frank Thomas

Watch the YouTube Video for this Article!     Or Continue Reading Below! With the 7th overall pick, in the 1st Round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft, the Chicago White Sox selected Frank Thomas from Auburn University. He has 6 official rookie cards, two rookie parallels, and one of the most iconic error cards […]

Rookie Cards of Mike “The Moose” Mussina

Rookie Cards of Mike “The Moose” Mussina

With the 20th Overall Pick in the 1st Round of the 1990 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Baltimore Orioles selected Mike Mussina from Standford University. He has four official rookie cards with zero parallels.

The Rookie Cards and Legacy of Roy “Doc” Halladay

The Rookie Cards and Legacy of Roy “Doc” Halladay

With the 17th Overall Pick of the 1st Round in the 1995 MLB June Amateur Draft, from Arvada West High School in Arvada, CO. He has 3 official rookie cards and 6 parallels.

Rookie Card of Edgar Martinez, Plus the RC Everyone Forgets About

Rookie Card of Edgar Martinez, Plus the RC Everyone Forgets About

Edgar Martinez was not involved in any type of MLB Draft. Instead, he was approached by a Mariners Scout at a tryout and offered a minor league contract in 1982. He accepted and spent the next seven years in the farm system. He has two official rookie cards and one parallel.

Mariano Rivera Rookie Card: The Greatest Closer in Baseball History

Mariano Rivera Rookie Card: The Greatest Closer in Baseball History

Mariano Rivera was never in any MLB Amateur Draft, instead, he was signed by the Latin America Scout for the New York Yankees in 1990 for a modest amount of money. He has one official rookie card and zero parallels.

Willie McCovey Rookie Card

Willie McCovey Rookie Card

Willie McCovey had a friend whose brother knew a guy, that was a baseball scout for the New York Giants. In 1954, this friend of a friend invited Willie to a tryout. Wille debuted in the MLB on July 30, 1959, against the Phillies and went 4 for 4! He has one official rookie card.

Ted Williams Rookie Card

Ted Williams Rookie Card

While still in high school Ted Williams signed his first MLB contract with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Wasn’t long after high school he caught the attention of the Boston Red Sox. He has one official rookie card and zero parallels.

Sandy Koufax Rookie Card

Sandy Koufax Rookie Card

The Dodgers, Pirates, and Braves entered a bidding war for the rights to sign Sandy Koufax, but on December 14, 1954, Sandy Koufax opted to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He never spent a day in the minors, and he has one official rookie card.

Red Schoendienst Rookie Card

Red Schoendienst Rookie Card

Red Schoendienst has one official rookie card. In 1942, while working at Scott Field in Belleville, Illinois Red heard that the Cardinals were holding tryouts and those who tried out for the team would be allowed to watch a Cardinals game at no charge.

Tony Gwynn Rookie Cards

Tony Gwynn Rookie Cards

With their pick in the 3rd Round of the 1981 MLB June Amateur Draft the San Diego Padres selected, Tony Gwynn from San Diego State University. Tony Gwynn has four official rookie cards.

Trevor Hoffman Rookie Card – A Vintage Feel

Trevor Hoffman Rookie Card – A Vintage Feel

With the 20th Pick of the 11th Round in the 1989 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected Trevor Hoffman from the University of Arizona. Trevor Hoffman has one official rookie card.

Jim Thome Rookie Cards

Jim Thome Rookie Cards

With their pick in the 13th Round of the 1989 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Cleveland Indians selected Jim Thome out of Illinois Central College. Jim Thome has two official rookie cards.

Vladimir Guerrero Rookie Cards

Vladimir Guerrero Rookie Cards

The Los Angeles Dodgers passed. The Texas Rangers also passed. But Montreal Expos scout Fred Ferreira offered Vladimir a tryout. The result? On February 24, 1993, Vladimir Guerrero signed with the Montreal Expos. Vladimir Guerrero has two official rookie cards.

Chipper Jones Rookie Cards

Chipper Jones Rookie Cards

With their 1st Pick in the 1st Round of the 1990 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Atlanta Braves selected Chipper Jones from The Bolles High School. Chipper Jones has five official rookie cards and two parallels.

Alan Trammell Rookie Card

Alan Trammell Rookie Card

With their pick in the 2nd Round of the 1976 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Alan Trammell from Kearny High School in San Diego, CA. Alan Trammell has one official rookie card and one Whopper of a food & beverage issue.

Jack Morris Rookie Card

Jack Morris Rookie Card

With their pick in the 5th Round of the 1976 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected Jack Morris from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Jack Morris has one official rookie card and one Whopper of a food and beverage issue.

Bobby Doerr Rookie Cards

Bobby Doerr Rookie Cards

An All-Star ballplayer at Fremont High School in Los Angeles, CA. Bobby Doer was quickly signed as a 16 year old by the Hollywood Sheiks. By 1934, the Boston Red Sox picked up the option for Doerr’s contract. Bobby Doerr has one official rookie card.

Craig Biggio Rookie Cards

Craig Biggio Rookie Cards

With their pick in the 1st Round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Houston Astros selected Craig Biggio from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. Craig Biggio has 7 official rookie cards and 3 rookie parallels.

Roberto Clemente Rookie Card

Roberto Clemente Rookie Card

What some may find shocking is that Roberto Clemente started his pro career by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers on February 19, 1954, and by April of the following year, he was traded to the Pittsburg Pirates. He has one official rookie card.

Honus Wagner Rookie Card

Honus Wagner Rookie Card

Edward Barrow is the gentlemen responsible for noticing the talent of Honus Wagner. Realizing that Honus had what it took for the Big Leagues he contacted Louisville, Colonels, and Honus was signed in 1897. Honus Wagner has one official rookie card.

Christy Mathewson Rookie Cards

Christy Mathewson Rookie Cards

Baseball at the turn of the century was a sport with a tarnished image. It was a sport known for the lazy and uneducated, men who spent their time gambling, boozing, or womanizing. Christy Mathewson has three cards inside the 1909 T206 set but only one official rookie card.

Walter Johnson Rookie Cards

Walter Johnson Rookie Cards

Walter Johnson joined the Washington Senators in July of 1907 and supposedly signed a contract that paid him $450 a month. A very large sum of money for any ballplayer in this era. He debuted on August 2, 1907, in a game against the Detroit Tigers. Walter has two rookie cards one of them with […]

Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards

Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards

With their pick in the 4th Round of the 1989 MLB Amateur Draft, the Boston Red Sox selected Jeff Bagwell from the University of Hartford. Jeff Bagwell has 9 official rookie cards, 1 rookie parallel, and 2 rookie year chase cards.

Tim Raines Rookie Cards

Tim Raines Rookie Cards

With their pick in the 5th Round of the 1977 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Montreal Expos selected Tim Raines, from Seminole High School in Sanford, FL. Tim Raines has 2 official Rookie Cards and 1 Rookie Year Card.

Ivan Rodriguez Rookie Cards

Ivan Rodriguez Rookie Cards

Rodriguez signed a contract with the Rangers in 1988, at the young age of 16. He excelled and developed quickly which led to his ML Debut in Chicago on June 20, 1991. Ivan Rodriguez has 7 official rookie cards and 1 rookie parallel card.

Mike Piazza Rookie Cards

Mike Piazza Rookie Cards

With their pick in the 62nd Round of the 1988 MLB Amateur Draft, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Mike Piazza from Miami-Dade College. Mike Piazza has two official rookie cards.

Babe Ruth Rookie Cards

Babe Ruth Rookie Cards

An ornery young boy was sent to live at a Catholic School. He was raised by a priest who taught him the game of baseball, having little to no social skills he quickly became a diamond in the rough. Babe Ruth has one pre-rookie card, one official rookie card, and four mainstream cards.

Ty Cobb Rookie Cards

Ty Cobb Rookie Cards

Playing for the Augusta Tourist in the South Atlantic League in 1904, the Detroit Tigers exercised their option and purchased Cobb for $700 in 1905. Between 1905-1908 many cards were printed for Ty Cobb but it’s the T206 set that features Ty Cobb’s first mainstream rookie card.

Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Cards

Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Cards

With the 1st Overall Pick in the 1st Round of the 1987 MLB June Amateur Draft, the Seattle Mariners selected Ken Griffey Jr. from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH. Ken Griffey Jr. has 6 official Rookie Cards, 2 Rookie Parallels, and 6 Rookie Year Cards often viewed as RCs but are not.

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