Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Kidzworld Logo

Rookie Cards :: Get There First, Hold On

Nothing makes a collector happier than finding a treasured rookie card. Especially when that rookie takes off, taking the card value with him.

The most famous and valuable rookie card of all time is New York Yankee Mickey Mantle’s 1952 Topps rookie card, which lists at close to $100,000. While this is out of reach for all but the richest collector, each year provides the opportunity to find and hold a rookie card until the first year player turns into a hall of famer.

Spotting a rookie to collect is only the first step though: then a collector has to find which of the rookie cards are going to be thought of as the most valuable. While Mickey Mantle had only the one card, Washington Capitals’ sniper Alexander Ovechkin has no fewer than a dozen cards that were issued either in or to celebrate his rookie year. For collectors, scarcity and condition are what determine which rookie card they value the most. Ovechkin’s most treasured rookie card is from the 2005/06 Upper Deck set and carries a list price of around $125.

While it may also be a little late to get on the Ovechkin train, there are plenty of interesting rookies, in many sports, who present an opportunity for younger collectors.

Minnesota Twins’ catcher and batting champion Joe Mauer, who is just beginning a potentially hall of fame career, has rookie cards (e.g. Topps Chrome #622) that can still be found for under $10. Vancouver Canuck superstar goalie Roberto Luongo, who is quickly erasing any questions as to who is the best goalie in the world, still has plenty of rookie cards available for less than $20 (e.g. 97-98 Upper Deck Black Diamond #131). Houston Rockets giant center Yao Ming, well on his way to a storied and successful basketball career, has many rookie cards that can be grabbed for under $30 (e.g. Topps 2002-2003 #185)

As with any investment, a collector wants to get in on the ground floor. Except with a sports card you are not following a stock or a company, you are following a player’s career. The feeling of joy that is unique to sports card collecting, especially with rookie cards, is the feeling that you were there before the rest of the world noticed, and you have the card to prove it.

Related Stories:

  • Baseball Cards Meet Video Games
  • Ice Hockey Goalies
  • World Series Facts and Records

    Related Stories


    What's Your Fave Card Game?

    • Go Fish.
    • Rummy.
    • Concentration.
    • Poker.

    Sports In The Forums

    Deathwish27 posted in Basketball:
    Kobe is a LEGEND.....                     LeBron is a soon to be legend 
    reply about 22 hours
    Deathwish27 posted in Basketball:
    Kobe is a LEGEND.....                     LeBron is a soon to be legend 
    reply about 22 hours
    yes trying out for it
    reply 1 day
    Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
    yes it is  :)
    reply 1 day
    "FBGirl" wrote:I like cheerleading, but definitely NOT a sport! Sports are physical activity with competition and GEAR. The closest thing cheerleaders have to gear are pom-poms. And, yeah. Boys CAN cheerlead, but chances are they will be made fun of(not by me). Cheerleaders do A LOT of physical cheers and stunts, and we use ourselves instead of gear. A lot and most people underestimate cheerleaders for just some girls with poms and uniforms going "go team! yay!" because they have seen that in movies and tv. look up some cheer comp videos and still only some people with change their view of cheerleaders as girls on the sidelines doing uncreative cheers and stupid words to match. I hope this helped you understand a little bit more about cheerleading and cheerleaders. Peace Out!
    reply 2 days