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1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

by Brad Worley

Joe DiMaggio was voted baseball's greatest living player in 1969, a testament to his all-around excellence on the baseball field. 

"The Yankee Clipper" had superstar credentials that few players, even today, could match.

Power? At the time of his retirement, he ranked fifth on the all-time home run list. 

Contact? His legendary 56-game hitting streak might be the best living record in any sport.

Winning? His 9 World Series rings in 13 seasons as a major leaguer make him arguably the game's most dominant individual champion.

Not surprisingly, the two 1938 Goudey Heads-Up Joe DiMaggio rookie cards are some of the hobby's most enduring gems.

Let's dig into this iconic rookie issue of one of baseball's greatest icons.

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1938 Goudey Joe DiMaggio Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)
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1961 Fleer Jerry West Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

by Brad Worley

As nicknames go, Jerry West has two of the greatest.

"The Logo" (in honor of his iconic profile on the NBA trademark) and "Mr. Clutch" (in recognition of his uncanny effectiveness in big moments), 

West’s legendary 60-foot buzzer-beater to send Game 3 of the 1970 NBA Finals to overtime is one of many examples.

These handles befit the sweet-shooting West, a fierce competitor on the court and one of the game's premier all-around players.

He's one of only seven players who led the NBA in both scoring (1970) and assists (1972) during his career.

West's outsize contributions to the game over a span of decades as a player, coach, and executive make him a familiar favorite for collectors of multiple generations.

In particular, the 1961 Fleer Jerry West rookie card is one of the hobby's most sought-after vintage cards and a centerpiece issue for serious Lakers collectors.

Let's take a closer look at this iconic Jerry West card and the career of "Mr. Clutch."

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1961 Fleer Jerry West Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)
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1954 Topps Ernie Banks Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

by Brad Worley

The Ernie Banks rookie card from the 1954 Topps set is viewed as one of the hobby's most iconic baseball cards and is one the most valuable rookie cards of all time.

Today, the Banks rookie card, in mint condition can sell for upwards of $200K.

So, why is the Ernie Banks Rookie Card so valuable?

Well, it all really comes down to the legend of Banks.

Ernie Banks was not just a Hall of Fame player. He was a Chicago icon.

His signature "Let's play two!" approach to the game of baseball thrilled Chicago Cubs fans, as did his uncommon power from the shortstop position.

Off the field, his charitable work and success as a businessman earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. A testament to his enduring reputation among Americans, young and old.

The 1954 Ernie Banks rookie card is a timeless classic appealing to vintage baseball card collectors.

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1954 Topps Ernie Banks Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)