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Mo Vaughn Rookie Cards
Do you know that the most expensive Mo Vaughn Baseball Rookie Card (1990 Score Maurice MO Vaughn PSA Signed RC Autographed Rookie Card Red Sox #675) was sold on eBay in September 2021 for $59.99 while the cheapest Rookie Card (Mo Vaughn (2) Card Rookie Lot) changed hands for only $0.01 in November 2021? The month with the most cards sold (13) was April 2021 with an average selling price of $1.79 for a Baseball Card of Mo Vaughn. Sold items reached their highest average selling price in January 2019 with $30.02 and the month that saw the lowest prices with $0.45 was February 2020. In average, a Rookie Card from Mo Vaughn is valued with $1.50.
Here's a list of Baseball Rookie Cards of Mo Vaughn that are currently for sale on eBay and some other online shops.
To give you a bigger picture, here are some more Baseball Rookie Cards of Mo Vaughn that were sold recently on eBay. In total, we scanned 173 sales to create the statistics about price trends and current value of Mo Vaughn Baseball Rookie Cards shown on top of this page:
Classic Dodgers card: Scully's farewell
November 25th, 2021
As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we've asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we've broken them down by team. We'll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.
Vin Scully, 2016 Topps autograph
If there was ever a baseball card that could capture the greatness of the greatest play-by-play broadcaster in the game’s history, this is it. What a gem.
Scully broadcast Dodgers games from 1950-2016, moving with the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 1958. His tenure spanned from legends like Jackie Robinson all the way to current stars like Clayton Kershaw.
This card is very apt for Scully, with a classy and sleek look all the way around, including gold trim around the image of Scully and both his name and the Dodgers logo.
This card was submitted by Josh J. of Dallas, Texas, who wrote about just how much he loves the card and his heartbreak at having to let it go.
“This was the most excited I’ve ever been about any baseball card,” he wrote. “I mean, come on, it’s Vin Scully. I have always wanted to meet him. So having this card was almost as thrilling. Unfortunately, I had to sell this card to help through a lean time. And if I ever get the opportunity to own it again, I won’t be letting it go!” -- Manny Randhawa
Cody Bellinger, 2019 Topps
Bellinger has one of the sweetest swings in the game, and this card nails the follow-through, with the Dodgers star posing as he watches the ball fly.
This card was made right in between Belli's Rookie of the Year 2017 season and MVP '19 season. They're two of the best seasons by a Dodgers position player in recent memory.
In '17, Bellinger crushed 39 home runs to set a then-NL rookie record. In '19, he hit 47 homers, stole 15 bases, batted .305 and won a Gold Glove in the outfield, too. Belli can do it all.
Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, 1965 Topps
Koufax and Drysdale were synonymous with pitching dominance in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The Dodgers’ twin aces helped the club win three World Series titles and combined for four Cy Young Awards in their 11 seasons together.
In ‘64, the duo finished first and second in the National League in ERA, as Koufax put up a 1.75 ERA and Drysdale had a 2.18 mark.
The next year, Topps’ ‘64 NL ERA leaders card (submitted by Ron Rimmon) was an all-Dodgers affair -- Koufax on top, Drysdale on the bottom, surrounded by a Dodger blue border. Classic. -- Thomas Harrigan
Best Dodgers facial hair card: Joe Ferguson, 1974 Topps
Ferguson was a solid catcher who enjoyed a 14-year MLB career spent with the Dodgers, Cardinals, Astros and Angels. He finished with a .358 career on-base percentage and played in two World Series, homering in Game 2 of the 1974 Fall Classic. And while he didn't sport facial hair his entire career, we have the privilege of seeing his tremendous handlebar mustache on this 1974 Topps card. -- Manny Randhawa
Clayton Kershaw, 2020 Topps Stadium Club
The photo for this card is gorgeous -- Kershaw at the height of his signature stretch, with the backdrop of Dodger Stadium's outfield seats filling the frame.
The 2020 season was a storybook one for Kershaw and the Dodgers. Los Angeles won its first World Series since 1988, and Kershaw finally got his elusive championship ring.
The longtime Dodgers ace is a future Hall of Famer and one of the greats of his generation. That World Series title was the last accolade that he was missing, to go along with his three National League Cy Young Awards and one NL MVP Award, among many other honors.
As for the card, David Suiter of Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., puts it simply: "The best pitcher on the planet in the most picturesque stadium."
This one was submitted by Dodgers fan Jim Lloyd, who wrote:
"I was 9 years old [when I] discovered baseball and the Dodgers. My dad took me to my first Dodger game at the LA Coliseum. I loved Gil Hodges' No. 14, and that became my favorite number when I played."
The 1959 Topps set is instantly recognizable by its brightly colored borders, player names rendered in all lowercase type and unique circular images.
Hodges is depicted taking a swing while wearing the classic Dodgers home uniform and interlocking “LA” cap.
The 1959 season was the Dodgers’ second after moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and also Hodges’ last as a big league regular. He hit .276 with 25 homers and 80 RBIs in the regular season before posting a .391 average in the World Series as the Dodgers won their first title on the West Coast.
After two more seasons with the Dodgers, Hodges returned to New York with the expansion Mets. Hodges ended up managing the 1969 Mets to a stunning victory in the World Series and stayed on as the club’s skipper until his tragic passing from a heart attack in ‘72. -- Thomas Harrigan
You’ve gotta love a card that reads “Wave of the Future” with an actual wave in the background and a player from the Los Angeles Dodgers on the front. Piazza isn’t actually surfing the Pacific Ocean in the photo, but any time a card indicates a player is part of “the wave of the future,” and that player becomes a Hall of Famer, the scouting reports were right on and it makes for a great keepsake.
Flair was a fancier card produced by Fleer, building upon its Fleer Ultra set to bring to the market a more premium card to compete with other brands. The 1993 set was relatively small -- 300 cards -- but they were beautiful, glossy and thicker than standard baseball cards and included the “Wave of the Future” set, which featured 20 future stars. Among them were Piazza, Manny Ramirez, Trevor Hoffman and others.
Our own Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo submitted this gem, noting that this was one of maybe half a dozen cards that he remembers vividly as an avid collector when he was a kid.
“I remember it vividly,” DiComo wrote. “Piazza standing in his catcher’s gear with a big ocean wave crashing over him. I just thought that card was so cool, and even though I wasn’t a Dodgers fan, I loved Piazza because he was a late-round Draft pick and an Italian-American. That was definitely a memorable card.” -- Manny Randhawa
Iconic Dodgers card: Jackie Robinson, 1956 Topps
What a tremendous card. Even though it is a 1956 Topps, issued in the year of Robinson's final season, it has perhaps the most iconic Robinson play on the front -- the steal of home. The artwork is brilliant, and there is his signature printed across the art and adjacent to a head shot of Robinson.
Robinson, of course, needs no introduction. He was a legend both on the field and off, breaking MLB's color barrier in 1947 and paving the way for Black players to finally have their chance to shine in the Majors. He endured horrific discrimination and persevered, and even with all of that on his shoulders, Robinson was one of the best players in the game. He was named Rookie of the Year in '47, receiving an award that now bears his name.
Robinson played 10 MLB seasons, was the 1949 National League Most Valuable Player -- also winning the batting average crown that year -- and was a six-time All-Star. He helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to their first World Series title in franchise history in '55, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in '62. His number 42 is retired across baseball.
Robinson has such a hallowed place, not only in baseball lore but also in United States and world history, that any collectible of his is a cherished item. The 1956 Topps Robinson is no exception.
"I first saw this card in the mid '80s when I started collecting, and I immediately had to get one," wrote Victor D. of Los Angeles. "It's not his rookie or his rarest card, but I think it's hands down his best looking card and my all-time favorite ... and it still has the faint smell of bubble gum!"
The enormity of Robinson's legacy, which stretches far beyond the baseball diamond, is hard to fully comprehend. But whenever we can get our hands on a piece of Robinson memorabilia, what a privilege that is. With the 1956 Topps Robinson card, that memorabilia comes in the form of a gorgeously illustrated piece of art issued just before Robinson retired from the game.
Garvey was one of the best first basemen of his generation, winning an MVP Award in 1974 and making eight straight All-Star teams. He was one of the most popular Dodgers players in our survey.
Garvey’s 1977 Topps card was submitted by Rich B. of Mission Viejo, Calif., who wrote:
“I have been a huge Dodger fan since 1976 when I was 9 years old and Steve Garvey was always my favorite player. Watching Dodger games on Sunday with dad, hearing Vin Scully do the play-by-play was our second church. The reason I love this card was the entire design. I think it's a great picture of Steve playing first base with the large first baseman glove along with ‘DODGERS’ in large letters on top, N.L. ALL-STAR across the bottom, his position 1B in the pennant logo and a facsimile signature that doesn't interrupt the photo.” -- Thomas Harrigan
Pee Wee Reese, 1957 Topps
Reese is one of the most beloved Dodgers of all time -- the Hall of Fame shortstop was a 10-time All-Star and finished in the top 10 in National League MVP Award voting eight times in his 16-year career. He was also a key member of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers club that finally won the World Series in franchise history after losing in the Fall Classic four times over the previous eight years.
Bill B. of Budd Lake, New Jersey provided a detailed list of why this card is his all-time favorite:
"My favorite card is the 1957 Topps Pee Wee Reese because 1) He was the Brooklyn Dodgers' shortstop when I started following baseball as an 8-year-old in 1955 (obviously the year they won the World Series; 2) I was relatively small and the fact that Pee Wee was also short appealed to me; 3) I played shortstop for my Little League team; 4) Most importantly, about 1960, I created my own baseball game using dice -- I used three dice, and depending on the sum, things happened.
"I played this game, for hours, until 1963, my junior year in high school. When Maury Wills came up, there was no baseball card of him, so I took my old Pee Wee card and taped Maury's name over Pee Wee's and used Pee Wee's card for Maury. Thinking about the hours I spent playing my dice game and that my Dodgers always won my games and what great players both Pee Wee and Maury were, this card stands out as my favorite."
Dodgers insert card: Cody Bellinger, 2017 Topps #TBT Record Breakers
This Throwback Thursday insert rookie card of Bellinger is an instant commemoration of his record-setting 2017 season.
Bellinger's 39 home runs that year set a National League rookie record. That's written right on the card, which shows Bellinger on the follow-through of his sweet swing.
"I love the Los Angeles Dodgers and I absolutely love this card of Cody Bellinger," writes Armando Baldera, who submitted the card. "He has the best swing in all of baseball. I love collecting baseball cards."
When it comes to Dodgers legends, Garvey is often overlooked. The first baseman spent 14 seasons with the club, made eight straight All-Star teams (1974-81) and won the 1974 MVP Award.
Thanks to Kaleo Pahukula for submitting Garvey’s card from the 1978 Topps set in our survey.
“I was 7 when I started buying baseball cards, Garvey was my favorite player, and the All-Star shield on the ʻ78 cards sealed the deal for me,” Pahukula wrote. “I took the card with me on my first and only trip to Cooperstown in 2001.” -- Thomas Harrigan
Cards commemorating a great moment in baseball history are special -- they're not standard cards you'd find in just any pack, and while Topps now produces "Topps Now" cards that commemorate lots of big moments in the game, such cards were much rarer decades ago.
This Koufax card is a fine example -- it celebrates his tremendous performance in Game 1 of the 1963 World Series against the Yankees at Yankee Stadium, when the legendary lefty struck out 15 in a 5-2 victory. That win set the tone for a sweep of the Bronx Bombers to give the Dodgers their second championship since moving to Los Angeles.
Thanks to Ross M. of Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, who submitted this gem in our survey.
"I was seven years old when I got this card," he wrote. "And it started a 57-year lifetime as a Dodgers fan." -- Manny Randhawa
No, it’s not the 11-time NBA champion, but for Eric H. from Milford, NH, it must have felt like winning a Larry O’Brien trophy after he pulled the three-time All-Star’s 1983 card.
“1983 is the year I really got into collecting cards. I was 13 and for the first time viewed card collecting as a hobby and potential investment,” Eric wrote. “I remember trying to complete the 1983 Topps set and the only card I needed was Bill Russell. I must have bought and opened hundreds of packs when finally one day I was shuffling through a freshly opened pack and there he was.
“That moment of elation of satisfaction and accomplishment was amazing and even almost 38 years later gives me goosebumps.” -- Nick Aguilera
1990s throwback card: Mike Piazza, 1994 Fleer Pro-Visions
Fleer’s Pro-Visions were unique insert cards that featured fantasy-style artwork.
Piazza was included as part of the nine-card subset in 1994 after winning the NL Rookie of the Year Award the previous season.
The colorful card depicts Piazza in full catcher’s gear with the Hollywood Hills in the background, as the sun sets and fireworks decorate the sky.
There was added incentive to collect all nine cards in the subset, as they created a special composite image when placed together. -- Thomas Harrigan
Orel Hershiser, 1989 Donruss
In 1988, Hershiser made MLB history by throwing 59 straight scoreless innings to finish out the season, breaking a record then held by another great Dodgers hurler, Don Drysdale.
Kevin G. of Sandia, N.M., submitted this card of Hershiser in our survey, and it's special to him not only for what's on the front regarding the record, but because Hershiser is his all-time favorite baseball player.
"I received his card in my first-ever pack of Topps and then 1988 happened, which made me a fan for life," Kevin wrote. "I used to trade just about anything to add to my Orel Hershiser collection and had over 50 of his cards. But my favorite was the '59 and counting' card that Donruss put out in 1989."
Though Hershiser's streak would end in his first start of '89, the record still stands today and this card from 1989 is a great reminder. And we get "Bulldog" juggling baseballs as a bonus! -- Manny Randhawa
The Crime Dog really was in L.A., it's true.
McGriff signed with the Dodgers for one season at the tail end of his career. He was 39 years old and had already hit 478 of his 493 career home runs.
He hit 13 more while playing first base for the Dodgers in 2003. This Topps card helps jog your memory about what the lefty slugger looked like in a Dodgers uniform.
While the ‘64 Topps set features a clean, simplistic design, the large team nickname at the top and contrasting banner on the bottom prevents the cards from being boring.
The Dodgers’ cards from the set are particularly pleasing to the eye because the colors match the club’s uniforms, with the red team nickname on top and blue and white banner on the bottom. That wasn't the case for every team. The Cardinals, for instance, had green for both, while the Reds had purple on top and black and yellow on the bottom.
Josh Jackson of Dallas, Texas, submitted the Drysdale card from the ‘64 Topps set, writing:
“I’m only 38, so Don was way removed from his playing days by the time I came along. And growing up in Alabama, the Dodgers seemed like this magical team in some fantasy world. I love how old-school aggressive Don Drysdale played. The quintessential tough guy. And this card just seems to capture that toughness. Plus the classic look and light blue reminds me of Dodger Stadium. Not only that, the stats on the card include his taking down the mighty Yankees in the 1963 World Series. All in all, this card just seems like it captures what the Dodgers were all about in the '60s.” -- Thomas Harrigan
Fernando Valenzuela, 1991 Upper Deck
Valenzuela, who was the inspiration for Fernandomania in Los Angeles with an incredible run of shutouts in his 1981 rookie campaign, had one of the most unique windups in baseball history. He’d “look to the sky,” as legendary announcer Vin Scully described it, while in the middle of the delivery, before releasing each pitch.
So what better way to put Valenzuela on a baseball card than by following his windup and delivery all the way through in a cool visual display? Upper Deck was known for being very creative during the heyday of memorabilia collecting in the late 1980s, and the 1989 set featured several of these types of “in motion” offerings.
This one is extra special given the famed delivery Valenzuela introduced to us, as well as the memories it evokes for so many Dodgers fans of the summer of ’81, a season which ultimately ended with a World Series title for Los Angeles. -- Manny Randhawa
Clayton Kershaw, 2008 Topps
How do you get an autographed rookie card of one of the greatest pitchers of his generation? Let fan John Luchansky of Fairless Hills, Pa., explain.
"We went to Target and there were no cards on the rack," he remembers. "So we looked all around, and at the bottom of a Pokémon card box, I found a pack. And in this pack was the card. What are the chances of that?"
Amazing. Great card, better story.
Adrián Beltré, 1997 Bowman Chrome
Before he was a surefire Hall of Famer, Beltré was a fresh-faced, 19-year-old kid making his debut for the Dodgers in 1998. And despite being a teenager in his 1997 Bowman Chrome photo, you wouldn’t be able to tell if he was 19 or 39, as he looks the same as he did when he retired in 2018.
Beltré only played 77 games his rookie year, hit just .215 and had an OPS of .648, not the numbers many think of when they look back on his career. His seven-year tenure with the Dodgers was a roller-coaster performance-wise, but was capped off with an incredible 2004 season when he slugged 48 home runs and finished second in the NL MVP voting.
Father time was kind to Beltré though, not only with his complexion, but also with his baseball skills. Like a fine wine, he only got better with age. He had a higher batting average after turning 30 than he did in his first 11 seasons, and six of his top seven seasons by bWAR came after the age of 31.
Beltré would also go on to become one of the best players to hail from the Dominican Republic, as he was the first Dominican-born player to join the 3,000-hit club and retired as the country’s all-time hit leader. He ranks second all-time in hits by a Dominican player behind only Albert Pujols. -- Nick Aguilera
Baseball Card Guide: How To Tell If Your Baseball Cards Are Worth Money
This answer will vary depending on what your goals are.
For me, first and foremost, collecting baseball cards is a hobby and it's a lot of fun. Some of my best memories as a kid are going to the local card shop with my dad and brother, frequently coming home with packs to open and bonding over finding some of our favorite players. It's important to remember that while some cards can be extremely valuable, at the end of the day, the goal should be to have fun, make memories and enjoy your collection.
For others, it's a business. Whether you want to open up your own local card shop, buy and sell cards on eBay, or be one of those people who wait on line overnight at Target and Walmart hoping to score retail boxes to flip for a profit, with the proper amount of education and knowledge, you can make a lot of money in this space.
However, I can not stress enough how important it is to be educated BEFORE buying or selling anything. If you attempt to enter the hobby without understanding which cards and products sell, why they sell, and how to sell them, you are almost guaranteed to lose money.
The best advice I can give on how to get educated is to read a lot of articles (like this one), follow all of the big sports cards accounts on social media, consume their content daily, and watch the big card breaking pages Instagram live streams. When you are in the streams, ask questions and interact with people. Making friends and connections is key.
When you decide it's time to start buying and selling, you will make mistakes. Making mistakes on less expensive products is much more palatable than on big ticket items. You need the reps, so you might as well start small and work your way up.
Are My Old Baseball Cards Worth Anything?
In the closet of my childhood bedroom, on a shelf underneath my old high school baseball uniform sits my collection of baseball cards.
The cards are stacked in dusty shoe boxes and organized in binders. I save my most valuable cards- the Hall of Famers and rookie cards, in a wooden box my father gave me.
I accumulated my collection in various ways. Like any good Disney movie, my father gave me all of his old cards from the 1960s/1970s. My cousin gave me some of his cards too from the early 2000s.
When I was young, I would get packs of cards as gifts. I have a bunch of Topps and Upper Deck cards from the 2000s as a result. While dwindling in number, I would buy cards from baseball card shops. When I got to middle school, I started spending too much time on eBay sifting through the sales online.
I would buy individual cards on eBay, but I would also buy unopened packs in bulk from the late 80s and early 90s. I rarely got anything of value from that purchase, but I have a lot of cards from that time period.
Collecting baseball cards was one of my first hobbies, which made a lot of sense considering how much I was into baseball as a kid. At sports camp over the summer, I would bring my cards with me to show other kids and possibly even make trades. Baseball cards were a whole social event.
Once I got to high school, I completely abandoned my cards. I dropped them from my consciousness. I was too busy with school work and after-school sports and crossing my fingers hoping girls like me. It wasn’t on purpose, as I never put my cards down one day and was like “I’m done with this.” It just kinda happened.
I ignored my cards throughout college, as it was the last thing on my mind as I struggled to get all of my school work done. Being away from home kept me from opening up those dusty boxes.
Now that I am done with college and living at home, as part of my mom’s campaign to get me to clean out and organize the old junk in my bedroom, I have been tasked with organizing all my cards into one giant plastic box.
This campaign has reawoken my love for collecting baseball cards. Instead of the intended result of getting rid of my unused cards, I am now 100% invested again in the expansion of my collection. I’m back on eBay and online auction sites looking up the prices of rookie cards and player’s most valuable cards.
I’ve been spending a lot of time on PSAcard.com, the organization that professionally grades cards. They have lists of specific player’s most valuable cards, so I know which ones to look up when I want to purchase a card.
PSA is really important to the baseball card world. The value of a card goes up when it is graded by PSA. If I had two of the same cards in identical condition but only one of them was graded, the graded one would be worth more money even though they are the same card.
When a card is graded, the authenticity of the card becomes recognized to potential sellers. Buyers want to purchase a card they know is legitimate and that has been assessed by professionals to determine the card’s true condition and value. Without getting your cards graded, they aren’t worth selling.
My collection probably exceeds 5,000 cards. It is expensive to get a card graded, as each individual card costs around $15 dollars, if not more. It would be outrageously expensive and not worth the cost to get my thousands of cards graded.
To be clear, 99.9% of baseball cards are completely worthless. I’m sorry to say this, but your 2008 Topps Derek Jeter card isn’t worth any money, even though Jeter is in the Hall of Fame. Like any business, baseball cards become valuable through supply and demand. That’s what makes a rookie card the most valuable genre of a card- there is only one year you can be a rookie. An athlete can play 20 years and have 20 different cards for each season- but there’s only one season in which they were a rookie.
Really old cards become valuable by default- the industry did not produce baseball cards the same way they do today. The late 80s/early 90s baseball card production boom saw an estimated 81 billion trading cards made per year during this time, making all of the cards produced during that era completely worthless. There was way too much supply to demand high prices for any of the cards produced during that time.
Trading card companies do not share with the public how many cards they make per year, but before the late 80s production boom it can be assumed that the industry made significantly less than 81 billion cards a year. Since there are way fewer copies of cards from the 40s, 50s, and 60s, these cards can be worth a lot of money.
Because of how much time has passed, it is hard to find mint condition cards from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Rookie cards from this era are some of the most valuable cards in the entire industry. Cards from before the 40s are almost impossible to find in mind condition and are expensive simply for how old they are.
What I would prefer to do is get 10-20 or 50 (depending on the pricing of different plans) of my most valuable cards graded with the hopes of one day in the future cashing out on a profit. If it is going to cost around $15 dollars a card to get graded, I would only pick 10-20 cards that I think would make it worth the cost. Otherwise, I might lose money from paying for too many cards to get graded.
Something I try to remember when participating in the hobby is that baseball cards aren’t worth anything. 99.9% of cards are worth zero dollars. It is only 0.1% of cards that can net anything of value. If you have a collection of baseball cards, it is very likely that it cost more to buy than you would sell.
So, while your collection probably may not be worth anything financially, it still retains value if it is something that is emotionally valuable to you. If you have fond memories of collecting cards as a kid, that is really all that matters. If your cards mean something to you, not every hobby has to earn you a profit.
If I ever decide to sell my baseball cards, I will have to grapple with the emotional consequences. The hobby is intrinsically tied to the most important people in my life, which makes my specific collection of cards more than just pieces of shiny cardboard. They’re ties to my family and friends who have played a role over the years adding to my collection. Getting rid of those ties for the sake of a little extra money is a decision that I will not take lightly.
Unless you have a 2009 Mike Trout Bowman Chrome rookie card listed on eBay for as much as $300,000, the best thing to do with your cards might be to hold on to the ones that are important to you in hopes that someday you will pass them on to a loved one who will appreciate them just as much as you do once you’re gone.
For more thoughts and opinions from Zachary Diamond, check out his author page or Twitter.
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Noted Rookie Cards: Ryan Anderson. Jack Cust, Troy Glaus, Orlando Hernandez, Gabe Kapler, Ruben Mateo, Kevin Millwood and Magglio Ordonez.
The following 1991 BBM (Major Japanese Card set) cards (All of which are considered Japanese Rookie Cards) were randomly inserted into these packs.
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- NNO - S.Hasegawa 1991 BBM
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The 10 Most Valuable '90s Baseball Cards That Might Be Lying In Your Attic
Baseball cards may be a thing of the past, but they have become one of the most valuable collectibles of all time. Like a particularly rare Pokémon card, an old and cared-for baseball card can go for big money.
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Baseball cards were big business back in the 70s and 80s, but most people stopped caring about the hobby sometime around the infamous 1994-95 baseball strike. And while these '90s cards were released while interest in the hobby was rapidly dwindling, they are still valuable to collectors and baseball enthusiasts. So check your attic, because you may be in the possession of a very rare, and very valuable, baseball card.
10 1990 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. #156
This is a beautiful baseball card. The colors pop, the photo is crystal clear, and Ken Griffey is absolutely beaming, his enthusiasm for the game palpable and infectious. 1990 was a big year for Griffey, as he played with his father, became an All-Star, and won his first of ten straight Golden Gloves.
A #156 in good condition can range from $150 to $250, as evidenced by this mint condition card. We doubt anyone would have a mint condition card laying around, but hey, you never know! At least take a look.
9 1990 Score Frank Thomas RC #663
Frank Thomas, AKA The Big Hurt, is one of the best designated hitters in the game, a five-time All-Star, and a four-time Silver Slugger winner. He was also the AL batting champion in 1997 and his number, 35, has been retired by the Chicago White Sox. He made his MLB debut in August 1990 and soon became known for his incredible power.
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This specific card is highly coveted, being Thomas' rookie year, and one in pristine condition is worth around $300. It's just too bad that baseball cards greatly decreased in value throughout the '90s because Frank Thomas had a career for the ages.
8 1990 Topps Frank Thomas No Name on Front #414
However, if you want to get real serious with Frank Thomas cards, it really doesn't get any better than this rare piece. This Frank Thomas Topps rookie card is very notable for its mistake: the complete absence of Frank Thomas's name!
Even cards in less-than-perfect condition can go for hundreds, maybe even thousands, and a professionally-rated card is darn-near mythical. This PSA 7.5 NM+ card is currently selling for $5,500 on eBay, so that gives you an idea as to just how expensive these babies can be. Now just imagine how much a pristine-rated card can go for!
7 1990 Topps George Bush #USA1
There's a lot of history behind this beauty. In 1990, Topps made a special card of George H.W. Bush from when he played baseball at Yale. The CEO of Topps, Arthur Shorin, gifted President Bush 100 personal copies of the card. And while these copies had a laminated coating, other copies somehow found their way into the public, and they quickly garnered a reputation on the trading market.
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This near-mint, 8-rated card is worth about $7,000, which is clearly indicative of this card's rarity and repute. So, if you happened to have a relative working at the White House in 1990, check your attic! Maybe they brought one home.
6 1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera RC #302
Mariano Rivera is one of the greatest closers in the history of the game. He played his entire career, spanning from 1995 to 2013, for the New York Yankees and became a 13-time All-Star, five-time World Series champion, and three-time MLB saves leader. Not only that, but his number has been retired, and he currently holds the MLB record for the most number of saves at 652.
His career didn't really take off until the late '90s, so this card from 1992 is a true collectible. One mint condition card is going for $550 on eBay, while an autographed card is selling for $1,464. To be honest, we kind of expected more...
5 1992 Bowman Mike Piazza RC #461
Mike Piazza is one of the most iconic catchers in the game. He primarily played for the Dodgers and Mets and was an All-Star 12 times between 1993 and 2005. He also won ten straight Silver Slugger awards, cementing his status as one of the greatest offensive catchers in the game's history.
This card from 1992, showing Piazza in a crowded catcher's stance, is worth a fair amount of money within collector's circles, often going between $200 and $300. Sure, it's not George H.W. Bush money, but it's still a decent payout for a '90s baseball card!
4 1992 Bowman Chipper Jones #28
This is probably one of the goofiest-looking baseball cards of all time. Rather than a typical baseball-themed stance and appearance, the Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones stands with one foot above the other while wearing a super '90s outfit consisting of a large-billed cap, an oversized striped shirt, baggy shorts, and dad shoes. Oh, weren't the '90s great?
But as goofy as it looks, it is still immensely valuable, as a pristine card can go for as high as $1,300 on eBay. Not bad for a baseball card that doesn't even look like a baseball card!
3 1993 Pinnacle Derek Jeter RC #457
Even non-baseball fans know who Derek Jeter is. That's because he's one of the most prolific, and best, baseball players in history. A 14-time All-Star, five-time World Series -champion, five-time Gold Glove winner, five-time Silver Slugger, and two-time AL Hank Aaron Award winner, Jeter helped re-define the game throughout the 1990s.
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This card from 1993, when Derek was just 19 years old, is worth quite a bit of money, although probably not as much as you may expect. For example, this mint condition card is selling for $650 on eBay. It's not that much, but then again, this isn't a particularly rare card.
2 1991 Topps Desert Shield Chipper Jones #333
Now THIS is a Chipper Jones card! While the other card showed a very '90s dad Chipper Jones, this one showed Jones in a more professional outfit and stance. However, that's not why this card is so much more valuable. What makes this card so unique is the Desert Shield logo underneath the #1 Draft Pick graphic, as this card set was distributed to soldiers in Iraq.
These cards can go for hundreds of dollars, even ones in mediocre condition, while cards more properly cared-for can fetch thousands. This mint-condition autographed card is selling for $3,500, making it one of the most valuable baseball cards from the '90s.
1 1992 Bowman Trevor Hoffman #11
Trevor Hoffman isn't as well-known as the other players on this list, but his #11 Bowman card is still worth a decent bit of money. Hoffman played for the San Diego Padres between 1993 and 2008, scoring seven All-Star appearances and becoming a 2x NL saves leader. And while he's not a Hall of Famer yet, it's probably only a matter of time.
His #11 Bowman card from 1992 can fetch over one hundred dollars given the right condition, and this specific autographed card is going for $700 on eBay. That just goes to show you how valuable an autograph can be!
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