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Shaq Rookie Card (The 21 Most Valuable, Best Investments)

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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, even despite massive production runs.
 
In this piece, we step back in time to review the rookie cards of the one and only big man, Shaquille O’Neal.
 
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1970 Topps Pete Maravich Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

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Pete Maravich was one of the most exciting players to ever grace the NBA.

“Pistol” Pete could make things happen on the court that nobody else could and always put on a show for the fans.

Even today, more than forty years after he last played in the NBA, Maravich remains one of the most popular players in league history.

The 1970 Topps Pete Maravich rookie card also remains one of the hobby’s hottest and most valuable basketball cards

In this piece, we explore the career of Pete Maravich, while examining his rookie card in more detail.

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1957 Topps Bill Russell Rookie Card (Value, Rarity, Investment)

bill-russell-rookie-cardIn basketball, there are a few select players who are considered true legends – and Bill Russell is one of them.

With 11 NBA championships, 5 MVP Awards, and 12 All-Star appearances, Russell’s resume is undeniable.

Bill Russell’s 1957 Topps Rookie card is considered among the Mt Rushmore for basketball card collectors.

It is also one of the hobby’s most valuable cards, and, unfortunately out of reach for many. 

In this piece, we examine the past career of Bill Russell and provide more intel into his Topps rookie card. 

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1976 Topps Walter Payton Rookie Card: A Closer Look

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Few players in the history of the NFL have had the impact on the game that Walter Payton did.

A Hall of Fame running back for the Chicago Bears, Payton was known for his power, speed, and agility.

He holds many records and is considered one of the best players to ever play the game.

Payton’s 1976 Topps Rookie card is one of the most highly sought-after football cards.

It is also (in high grades) one of the most valuable football cards in the hobby

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the career of ‘Sweetness’ and step deeper into the valuation, population, and investment potential for his 1976 Topps rookie card.   

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1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Rookie Card: A Closer Look

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The son of a potato farmer, Carl Yastrzemski came to the big leagues under a ton of pressure.

The Red Sox had hand-selected Yaz as the replacement for one Ted Williams.

The shorter and lankier Yaz struggled out of the gate, even getting batting tips from the ‘Splendid Splinter’.

Yaz eventually turned it around, cementing his legacy in baseball and Red Sox history.

The 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie card is one of the best-designed and most valuable rookie cards in the hobby.

In this piece, we take a look at the career of Yaz, his 1960 Topps Rookie card, and whether it might be a good investment for vintage card collectors.

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1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card: A Closer Look

67-topps-seaverTom Seaver mastered the craft of pitching, dominating opposing hitters for twenty seasons.

Seaver is one of only two pitchers to win 300 games, with 3000 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00 (the other is Walter Johnson). 

Bill James ranked Tom Seaver as the sixth-best pitcher of all time.

James also noted that with a better team, Seaver could have been one of the best. 

The 1967 Topps Tom Seaver Rookie Card is one of the most prized rookie cards in the hobby and of the premier rookie cards from the 1960s. 

In this piece, I take a closer look at Seaver’s rookie card. Exploring the existing PSA population reports, values, and investment potential.

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Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card (Best 6 Investments, Value, Checklist)

psa-10-griffey-udI started collecting in the mid-80s, when Fleer, Topps, and Donruss ruled the streets during the junk era. 

As a Red Sox fan, I tended to emulate my hometown idols, guys like Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, and Mike Greenwell. 

But, every so often, there were players that you could not ignore. As a kid, one of those guys was Ken Griffey Jr. 

Griffey somehow emerged unscathed from the steroid era, ending his career as one of the best to play the game.

Griffey’s rookie cards came out near the peak of the junk era, so most collectors view his cards as poor investments.

I wanted to look at the best Ken Griffey Jr pre-rookie and rookie cards to see if there might be some good investments for collectors

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Mario Lemieux Rookie Card (Best Value, Investment Potential)

lemieux rcIf you were a hockey fan during the 1980s, you were lucky enough to witness some of the best hockey players ever to play the game.

Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and of course the great Mario Lemieux, three players that often are discussed among the ten best hockey players of all time

In terms of hockey cards, the Mario Lemieux rookie card is right up there with the most valuable hockey cards in the hobby

Of course, Lemieux’s rookie card was released in the midst of the Junk era; thus, between his two major rookie cards (1985 Topps and O-Pee-Cee), there’s plenty of supply to go around for everyone.

In this piece, I’ll look at the two key rookie cards for Lemieux, examining the scarcity, current values, and long-term investment potential.
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1969 Topps Lew Alcindor Rookie Card: A Closer Look

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There aren’t many players that had the same sort of impact on the game of basketball as one Lew Alcindor.

Alcindor’s dominance on the court was evident early on, as he won three NCAA championships with the UCLA Bruins and then six NBA championships with the Bucks and LA Lakers. 

Not only was Alcindor a great basketball player, but a prominent cultural figure for the African American community.

Alcindor boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics due to the unequal treatment of black players. He also changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabaar in 1971 as a testament of his faith and to stand up for black Americans. 

The Lew Alcindor rookie card has taken on a renewed identity of its own in recent years, skyrocketing to among the hobby’s most valuable basketball cards, even despite a somewhat abundant supply.

As follows, we’ll examine the 1969 Topps Alcindor rookie card in detail, taking a closer look at overall value, scarcity, along with our take on future investment potential. 

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1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie Card: A Closer Look

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When we talk about dominant pitchers of the 1960s, Sandy Koufax’s name immediately comes to mind
 
His career ended early due to injury problems, but from 1961 to 1966, Koufax was lights out. 
 
Some baseball fans wonder what might have been if he hadn’t retired at the age of 30.
 
Despite his short career, card collectors continue to drool over his early Topps baseball cards.
 
And the 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax Rookie Card, to this day, remains one of the hottest vintage cards in the hobby. 
 
As follows, we’ll examine the Koufax rookie card in detail, taking a closer look at value, scarcity, and future investment potential.  Read More...

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