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

ten hof rookies

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.

Read More

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

20 Most Valuable Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Of The 1970s

twenty-most-valuable-rookies

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.

Read More

20 Most Valuable Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Of The 1970s

10 Best Vintage Baseball Cards Under $1000 To Buy In 2023

top-ten-vintage

Vintage sports cards remain hot, especially rare examples with low PSA Population Reports. Investing in rarer and more sought-after sports cards can pay off in the short and long term. 

Plenty of vintage sports cards are flying under the radar and remain good values for budget-conscious collectors.

I have researched and examined ten vintage baseball cards to buy that are $1,000 and under. These cards would be great additions to any collection or as shorter term flips.

Let’s take a look at the Top 10.

Read More

10 Best Vintage Baseball Cards Under $1000 To Buy In 2023

Top 5 Best Fred McGriff Baseball Cards to Buy

mcgriff

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

Read More

Top 5 Best Fred McGriff Baseball Cards to Buy

Derek Jeter Rookie Card Guide, Gallery and Investment Ideas

jeter-rookie card guide

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.

Read More

Derek Jeter Rookie Card Guide, Gallery and Investment Ideas

The Best Places To Sell Your Old Sports Cards For Top Dollar

best-places-sell-cards

Has your old sports card collection been collecting dust in a closet?

If so, it's time to get rid of them and make some extra cash in the process!

Today, there are many options for collectors to sell sports cards online or offline. 

I've had decades of experience buying and selling sports cards, so this guide will help you avoid some of the same mistakes I have made in the past. 

Read More

The Best Places To Sell Your Old Sports Cards For Top Dollar

Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards: Top Ten To Invest In Right Now

top-mickey-mantle-investments

Mickey Mantle was one of the most accomplished players in the history of the game, and his baseball cards continue to reflect that status. 

As a recent example, investors in a Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card would have tripled the returns of the stock market over the past eighteen years!

So, it's not unusual to consider some of "The Mick's" baseball cards as an investment right alongside our other savings or stock investments. 

We've analyzed all Mickey Mantle baseball cards and decided on ten cards that should be solid long-term investments.

Remember, this is not investment advice, please do your own research!

Read More

Mickey Mantle Baseball Cards: Top Ten To Invest In Right Now

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

goudey-dimaggio

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.

Read More

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

The 14 Best Baseball Card Books Every Collector Should Read

best-baseball-card-books

When I'm not scouring the web or local card shows for deals on vintage cards, I enjoy reading a good book.

I've discovered some excellent baseball card books over the years.

Here, I wanted to share a few different ideas for fellow collectors.

Not by any means an exhaustive list, so if you have a vintage baseball card book recommendation, please leave a comment below.

Read More

The 14 Best Baseball Card Books Every Collector Should Read

What Is The Rarest Baseball Card Of All Time?

Someone asked me recently what the rarest baseball card is of all time?

While immediate thoughts for many center on the T206 Honus Wagner card, we have the population data that shows the card isn't quite as rare as most people think (about 50-75 copies of the T206 Wagner are thought to exist).

honus-wagner-t206

Collectors probably think the T206 Wagner card is the rarest of all time but it's not really close.

So, what is the rarest baseball card? The question is not an easy one to answer. The immediate starting point would be any card with an existing population less than say 50 cards (making it rarer than the Wagner). 

But there are quite a few cards with low 'graded' populations. And then the guesswork comes in to try and determine the existing 'ungraded' population.

As an example, lets examine the 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth card, which is by most accounts, Ruth's rarest baseball card.  

PSA has graded three copies, SGC has graded 6, so we can probably safely assume there are less than 20 1914 Baltimore News Babe Ruth rookies out there. 

Read More

What Is The Rarest Baseball Card Of All Time?