Top 10 Rookie Cards of Players Not In Baseball Hall Of Fame

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Many great baseball players are still on the outside looking in when it comes to earning a Hall of Fame nod. Of course, big-time stars like Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson made mistakes in blocking any path to the hall and will never get in.

Today, a player with the right credentials can earn a HOF election via either a committee or ballot vote. Yet, baseball has changed the Hall of Fame process in the last few years.

A player only has ten years to earn election through a ballot vote (down from the previous 15 years). Another change was the committee vote process, where MLB has designated which era of players will be voted on through the committee vote each year.

The upcoming 2023 MLB Hall of Fame vote will be announced on January 24th, with some players on this list up for election.  

Let's look at the rookie cards of ten potential Hall of Famers, whose cards look like an attractive buy right now. We've identified specific PSA grades that look attractive based on affordability. 

Even if they don't get elected this year, their rookie cards are still priced right, especially based on the future chances of getting into the HOF.

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Top 10 Rookie Cards of Players Not In Baseball Hall Of Fame

The Top 10 Most Valuable Pele Rookie Cards

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When it comes to soccer players, none have had the same level of impact on the game as the late Pelé. 

Here in the US, soccer has only started to gain in popularity over the past decade, and soccer cards of past stars are becoming highly sought after. 

Pelé's greatness in soccer can be equated to the other greats in sport history; think Tom Brady in Football, Michael Jordan in Basketball, or Wayne Gretzky in Hockey

Given his recent passing, Pelé's soccer cards have spiked in value, especially his rarest and most valuable rookie cards. 

In this piece, we take a look at the ten most valuable cards of Pelé, providing guidance to collectors considering an investment in the soccer legend's cards. 

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The Top 10 Most Valuable Pele Rookie Cards

20 Most Valuable Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Of The 1970s

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During the 1970s, there was an uptick in the production of baseball cards. Topps, the only licensed baseball card issuer at the time, was at the forefront of this trend. 

Kids were still the target customer, but adults started to become more fascinated with the hobby.

Some of the Topps baseball card sets from the 1970s are among collector favorites. And many big-name Hall Of Fame players had their first issue card released during the decade. 

This post will examine the twenty most valuable Topps baseball rookie cards from the 1970s. Including iconic rookie cards from the likes of George Brett, Mike Schmidt, and Dave Winfield.

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20 Most Valuable Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Of The 1970s

Top 15 Most Valuable Basketball Rookie Cards of The 1970s

The 1970s was a seminal decade for basketball, with some of the greatest players in the history of the sport making their debuts.

As such, rookie cards from this era are sought after by collectors and can fetch high prices at auction. 

This post will examine the fifteen most valuable basketball rookie cards from the 1970s. I'll explore values and the investment potential of each card.

If you're a long-time collector or a newcomer to basketball cards, this post will provide insight into some of the best vintage basketball cards from the 1970s.

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Top 15 Most Valuable Basketball Rookie Cards of The 1970s

Top 5 Best Fred McGriff Baseball Cards to Buy

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Fred McGriff, aka 'The Crime Dog,' was a feared slugger for six teams during his eighteen-year major league career

McGriff amassed 493 home runs, with an amazing ten seasons of 30 home runs or more. When he retired in 2004, many figured McGriff was a shoo-in for the Hall, but baseball writers denied him in every single year of his eligibility.

Finally, in 2022, McGriff's HOF dream came true, getting a nod from The Veteran's Committee.  Collectors have snapped up McGriff's rookie cards, and prices have increased.

In this piece, we review five of Fred McGriff's rookie and other later-year cards that could be a good buy now for collectors and investors

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Top 5 Best Fred McGriff Baseball Cards to Buy

Derek Jeter Rookie Card Guide, Gallery and Investment Ideas

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Derek Jeter is considered by many to be one of the best baseball players of his generation.

He played his entire 20-year career with the New York Yankees, winning five World Series titles and becoming the franchise's all-time leader in hits.

Values of Jeter's rookie cards saw a significant increase upon his election to the Hall Of Fame in 2021, but have since cooled dramatically. Still, his rookie cards remain highly sought-after by collectors. 

Here's everything you need to know about Derek Jeter rookie cards, including a gallery of some of the most valuable cards and investment ideas.

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Derek Jeter Rookie Card Guide, Gallery and Investment Ideas

1961 Fleer Jerry West Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

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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)

Bob Feller Baseball Cards (Our Picks For Investment Potential)

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Bob Feller was one of the best pitchers in baseball history.  He played for the Cleveland Indians from 1936 to 1956, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

Feller was a hard-throwing right-hander who struck out more than two hundred batters in a season five times. He also pitched three no-hitters, and was the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter on Opening Day.

Feller served in the Navy during World War II, and came back to baseball after the war. He helped the Indians win the World Series in 1948. 

If you are a fan of baseball, then Bob Feller's baseball cards need to be on your radar.

In this piece we will discuss our picks for the best Bob Feller baseball cards to invest in.

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Bob Feller Baseball Cards (Our Picks For Investment Potential)

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

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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 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.

Let's take a deeper look at what makes this player and card so special.

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

Shaq Rookie Cards (The 21 Most Valuable & Best To Invest In)

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There's only one Shaquille O'Neal.

The towering NBA legend has a resume that most players can only dream of.
 
From his dominance at LSU to the NBA, Shaq is one of the most accomplished players to ever grace the court.
 
Shaq's rookie cards were a big hit when released back in 1992.

Today, his rookie cards are still big sellers despite massive production runs.

In this guide, we step back in time to review the top Shaquille O'Neal rookie cards.

We cover the 21 most valuable Shaq rookie cards and Shaq's rookie card values while offering an opinion on the best Shaq rookie card to invest in.

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Shaq Rookie Cards (The 21 Most Valuable & Best To Invest In)