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, and we’ll be looking at his 2nd-year card, and his first trading card as a St. Louis Cardinal.

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.

True Rookie Cards of Tony Gwynn

True Rookie Cards of Tony Gwynn

My last post was on the newly inducted Hall of Famer and former San Diego Padre Trevor Hoffman. As a blogger, I often seek for something to inspire my next post. Hit with the flu and feeling a bit under the weather this past week or so, all I wanted was rest. I finally mustered […]

Trevor Hoffman Rookie Card

Trevor Hoffman Rookie Card

It was something right out of a movie. The San Diego Padres find themselves in a bit of a pinch trying to get the final out of the eighth inning. Manager Bruce Bochy comes out to relieve his pitcher and immediately there is a buzz that starts to come from the stands, the fans knew […]

Jim Thome Rookie Cards

Jim Thome Rookie Cards

Two things have always stood out to me about newly inducted Hall of Famer Jim Thome. For starters his socks. They were worn about as high as they can go and the cuff of his pants were about an inch or so below the knee cap exposing most of his socks. The other memorable characteristic […]

Vladimir Guerrero Rookie Cards

Vladimir Guerrero Rookie Cards

Today when I think of baseball’s big men I think of 6′ 7″ Aaron Judge or 6′ 6″ Giancarlo Stanton. Likewise when I think of big men at the turn of the century I think of 6′ 3″ 235 lb Vladimir Guerrero. He was a strong man with long legs and what appeared to be […]

Chipper Jones Rookie Cards

Chipper Jones Rookie Cards

Larry Wayne Jones, Jr was given the nickname “Chipper” by his family who viewed him as a “chip off the old block,” referring to his father who was a teacher and baseball coach at a local high school. The influence of his father paid off as the Atlanta Braves chose Chipper as the No.1 Draft […]

Alan Trammell Rookie Card

Alan Trammell Rookie Card

On Sunday December 10, 2017 Baseball’s Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee announced their picks for the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Committee voted and it was a proud day for the city of Detroit as two of their own were chosen: Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. There were 10 players on the ballot.

Jack Morris Rookie Card

Jack Morris Rookie Card

Jack Morris’ 18 year career began in 1977 and ended in 1994. He played on four different organizations: Detroit Tigers 1977-1990; Minnesota Twins in 1991; Toronto Blue Jays in 1992-1993 and Cleveland Indians in 1994. His weapon of choice was a fastball, a slider and his go to pitch the split-finger fastball. Over the years […]

Bobby Doerr Rookie Cards

Bobby Doerr Rookie Cards

Recently, we lost the oldest living Hall of Fame baseball player. Bobby Doerr died on November 13, 2017 in Junction City, Oregon, at the age of 99. He played his entire 14 year career for the Boston Red Sox between 1937-1951.

Craig Biggio Rookie Cards

Craig Biggio Rookie Cards

Congratulations are due to Houston Astros for being the 2017 World Series Champions! The Astros were established in 1962 and have never won the championship title – that’s 56 years! Looking into things a bit further I was equally impressed with the career of the first Astro ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, […]

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

Honus Wagner started his career as a professional baseball player at the turn of the century. For every bit of a decade he dominated in just about every batting statistic in the game. He was no defensive slouch either, in fact to this day he is regarded as the greatest shortstop to ever play the […]

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. Little did anyone know that a young man was being raised in Factoryville Pennsylvania that would enhance the image of the professional […]

Walter Johnson Rookie Cards

Walter Johnson Rookie Cards

It has been said and well documented that Walter Johnson was a humble man. A gentle natured giant that was not only a legendary pitcher but a role model of good sportsmanship. He was such a gentleman he preferred not to throw a pitch inside due to concerns that he might hit someone.

Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards

Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards

Jeff’s grass-roots are from Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up a Red Sox fan which suited him well when he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1989. However, it was short-lived when the Red Sox traded him to Houston in 1990.

Tim Raines Rookie Cards

Tim Raines Rookie Cards

Tim Raines Sr is regarded as one of the greatest leadoff hitters and baserunners in baseball history. He was voted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013 but it did not come that easily here in U.S. He received 86% of the vote in his tenth and final year of eligibility in 2017.

Ivan Rodriguez Rookie Cards

Ivan Rodriguez Rookie Cards

A good indicator of a players impact upon the game they represent is whether or not they’re inducted into the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. This was the case with Ivan Rodriguez, earning 76% of the vote in his first year eligible (75% of the vote is needed). When receiving the […]

Mike Piazza Rookie Cards

Mike Piazza Rookie Cards

What makes Piazza’s statistics and achievements remarkable is that he was drafted in the 62nd Round of the 1988 draft and was the 1,390th overall pick! Expectations were not very high for him but he got his foot in the door and made the most of it. The other remarkable fact we have to realize […]

Babe Ruth Rookie Cards

Babe Ruth Rookie Cards

Babe Ruth is best known as a home run hitter, a true slugger of his day. What many folks don’t know about Ruth is that he started his major league career as a pitcher and a really good one! In 1916 he finished the season with a 23-12 record, with a 1.75 ERA and nine […]

Ty Cobb Rookie Cards

Ty Cobb Rookie Cards

On the field Cobb was known for his over the top aggressive base running and his ability to hit the ball to all parts of the field. A true craftsman of the sport he loved. After his retirement he’s been quoted as saying, “I never could stand losing. Second place didn’t interest me. I had […]

Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Cards

Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Cards

Along with his jaw-dropping career achievements The Kid was a cultural icon, known for his silky-smooth swing, big smile and backward ball cap Ken Griffey Jr has left his mark in the game of baseball as one of the All-Time Greats!

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