Hidden Gems: Top 10 Undervalued ’70s Baseball Rookie Cards

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The 1970s featured many baseball stars, Hall of Fame players, rookies, and some players who made a significant impact during the decade. 

Still, today many rookie cards from that era fly under the radar. Rookie cards from this decade, especially high-grade examples, continue to increase in value.

In previous baseball rookie card articles, I have discussed rookie cards of players not yet in the Hall, including Dave Parker, Keith Hernandez, Lou Whitaker, Thurman Munson, and Dwight Evans.

In this piece, I dive deeper into ten rookie cards from the 1970s that still look like excellent buys.

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Hidden Gems: Top 10 Undervalued ’70s Baseball Rookie Cards

Hidden Gems: Top 10 Vintage NBA Rookie Cards To Invest In

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Vintage basketball rookie cards featuring some of the biggest names in the sport remain highly sought after. In particular, high-grade cards of these yesteryear stars are gaining popularity on online marketplaces such as eBay.

Interestingly, the rookie cards of many Hall of Fame greats and former stars are still considered undervalued. Thus, in this piece, we will examine ten hidden gems that are not only affordable but also have the potential to serve as a good long-term investment.

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Hidden Gems: Top 10 Vintage NBA Rookie Cards To Invest In

The 12 Most Valuable Upper Deck Young Guns Hockey Cards

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Upper Deck first developed Young Guns (YG) hockey cards with their inaugural hockey set in 1990. Young Guns cards have been quite popular with collectors over the years. The cards include the first cards of many star players and future Hall of Famers.

Hockey card collectors expect the release of Series 1 and Series 2 Young Guns each year. It's incredible that thirty-three years later, the Upper Deck Young Guns rookies are still the main staple in the hobby.

Young Guns cards are not 'rare,' given that the cards are part of mainstream Upper Deck sets with large print runs. But, Upper Deck has started to issue more limited variations, including serial numbered and clear-cut copies.

Hobbyists view Upper Deck Young Gun's base rookie cards as a player's key rookie card. Many have already been designated as their future PSA Hall of Fame Rookie Registry card.

Gem-Mint, PSA 10 graded examples of many big-time Young Guns rookie cards are popular and have seen a significant increase in value in the past few years.

This list focuses on the twelve most iconic and valuable hockey Young Guns Rookie cards of all time. We conclude with two lists of Young Gun cards that we think have good long term investment potential.

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The 12 Most Valuable Upper Deck Young Guns Hockey Cards

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)