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1988 Topps Baseball Cards – Best 10 Cards, Checklist, Value

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1988 Topps Baseball Cards

While the 1988 Topps Baseball set isn’t the most popular release by any means, there are a few notable exceptions to the rule. 

The set is reliant on great images, and each of the cards has been given a basic 3D effect of some kind.

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We’re focusing on 10 of the best 1988 Topps Baseball cards, along with investment advice if you’re tempted by any of the Hall of Famers, or possibly even an RC or two.

Best 10 1988 Topps Baseball Cards 

There are 792 cards in total, with subsets including Future Stars, Topps All-Star Rookies, Record Breakers, Turn Back The Clock, All-Stars, Team Leaders, Checklists, and Managers.

Topps Tiffany is a rarer option released in tandem with many sets from the Junk Wax Era. Between 1984 and 1991 Topps made a relatively limited number of factory sets that came with better production values, including the 1988 Topps Baseball set. 

It’s worth looking out for the Topps Tiffany version of a card, although the set came with a print run of 25,000 copies, so it’s still reasonably plentiful.

The best cards from the 1988 Topps release contain some of the greatest players from the era. We’ll begin with a rookie card which is one of the most valuable options. 

 

1988 Cal Ripken Jr. Topps #650

1988 Cal Ripken Jr. Topps #650

Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. spent his two-decade-long career with the team and is always valued highly by fans and collectors. His ‘88 Topps card features a great image of Ripken Jr. at the plate, and it’s an affordable piece compared to earlier releases. 

Even PSA 10 graded versions are cheaper than you might expect, coming in at the low three-figure range.

 

1988 Mark McGwire Topps #650

Another star from the era, Mark McGwire is best known for breaking the Roger Maris single-season home run record in 1998. His ‘88 card features a profile shot of the player, with his trusty bat in hand. McGwire is also the subject of an ESPN documentary that also features Sammy Sosa that is set to drop June 14 entitled “Long Gone Summer”.

For more valuable options, we’d look to any of his ‘87 cards or even one of the earlier pieces such as his 1985 RC.

 

1988 Tom Glavine Topps RC #779

On the subject of rookie cards, Tom Glavine is another Hall of Famer in the 1988 Topps set, and it also happens to be his RC. Along with Brett Hull, they have to be seen as the most collectible cards from the set.

It features a profile photo of the player, with both of his hands clasped in his glove. 

As always, we’d lookout for the Topps Tiffany version. You’ll be able to identify it via the glossy coating on the front, or by looking at the number of stars on the back of the card.

 

1988 Roberto Alomar Topps Traded RC #4T

Roberto Alomar is a 12-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, and the first Hall of Fame member to be depicted as a Blue Jays player on his plaque. His RC is found in the 1988 set, featuring a simple shot of the player with a bat in hand.

There’s been a recent uptick in prices, and Alomar looks to be one of the safer bets from the 1988 collection from an investment perspective.

 

1988 Greg Maddux Topps #361

Greg Maddux is best known for his time with the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs, winning the 1995 World Series with the former, while being an eight-time All-Star over three different decades (1988-2000). His ‘88 card is worth a fraction of the price of his 1987 RC, or his ‘93 Finest refractor.

However, if you’re on the lookout for an earlier, more affordable option, this could very well be it.

 

1988 Mike Schmidt Topps #600

Mike Schmidt is a retired Philadelphia Phillies legend who was a 12-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League MVP award. His RCs are some of the best from the era, but the same can’t be said for his ‘88 release. 

It features an image of Schmidt in a batting pose, but it looks more like a golf card considering his thick jumper and the green Phillies background.

 

1988 Nolan Ryan Topps #250

Next up is a card from Nolan Ryan’s final year with the Astros. Ryan needs no introduction, from laying the smackdown in his later years, to have played in the MLB in four different decades.

His ‘88 Topps release is the most affordable option to make the list by a fair margin, and one of Ryan’s cheapest cards overall.

 

1988 Bo Jackson Topps #750

The ever-popular Bo Jackson remains the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both baseball and football. His card from the ‘88 set features an action shot of the player on the plate, and gem mint Topps Tiffany versions can be picked up for roughly $30.

 

1988 Don Mattingly Topps Tiffany #300

Despite his sideburns, Don Mattingly rounds out the list. ‘The Hit Man’ spent his entire 14-year career playing with the New York Yankees and picked up an AL MVP award and six All-Star appearances. 

Mattingly’s card currently hovers in the low three-figure range, making for another interesting investment option.

 

1988 Jose Uribe Topps #302

As opposed to the 10 cards discussed above, you might see Jose Uribe’s card selling for an exceptionally high price, almost inexplicably so. One suggestion has been that it’s a form of money laundering, which is as good an explanation as any. 

To his credit, Uribe was a good player, even if he couldn’t match up to the level of competition seen above.

 

1988 Topps Baseball Cards: Buyers Rating and Investment Outlook

The 1988 Topps set is packed full of the greatest players from the era, even if their cards aren’t worth much in the grand scheme of things. For more valuable options, look to Tiffany versions of the RCs, while we’d advise solely stick to PSA-graded versions for the best possible prices.

“As with almost every set from the era, 1988 Topps Baseball cards were overproduced, but there aren’t as many gem mint copies as you might expect.” 

From an investment perspective, there’s something to suit almost every budget, although it’s unlikely that prices will rise much over the next year or so. It’s best seen as a long-term investment option, although you would probably see a better ROI elsewhere.

 

1988 Topps Baseball Checklist

1 Vince Coleman Record Breaker
2 Don Mattingly Record Breaker
3 Mark McGwire Record Breaker
4 Eddie Murray Record Breaker
5 Phil Niekro Record Breaker
6 Nolan Ryan Record Breaker
7 Benito Santiago Record Breaker
8 Kevin Elster
9 Andy Hawkins
10 Ryne Sandberg
11 Mike Young
12 Bill Schroeder
13 Andres Thomas
14 Sparky Anderson MG
15 Chili Davis
16 Kirk McCaskill
17 Ron Oester
18 Al Leiter
19 Mark Davidson
20 Kevin Gross
21 Red Sox Leaders
22 Greg Swindell
23 Ken Landreaux
24 Jim Deshaies
25 Andres Galarraga
26 Mitch Williams
27 R.J. Reynolds
28 Jose Nunez
29 Angel Salazar
30 Sid Fernandez
31 Bruce Bochy
32 Mike Morgan
33 Rob Deer
34 Ricky Horton
35 Harold Baines
36 Jamie Moyer
37 Ed Romero
38 Jeff Calhoun
39 Gerald Perry
40 Orel Hershiser
41 Bob Melvin
42 Bill Landrum
43 Dick Schofield
44 Lou Piniella MG
45 Kent Hrbek
46 Darnell Coles
47 Joaquin Andujar
48 Alan Ashby
49 Dave Clark
50 Hubie Brooks
51 Orioles Leaders
52 Don Robinson
53 Curt Wilkerson
54 Jim Clancy
55 Phil Bradley
56 Ed Hearn
57 Tim Crews
58 Dave Magadan
59 Danny Cox
60 Rickey Henderson
61 Mark Knudson
62 Jeff Hamilton
63 Jimmy Jones
64 Ken Caminiti RC
65 Leon Durham
66 Shane Rawley
67 Ken Oberkfell
68 Dave Dravecky
69 Mike Hart
70 Roger Clemens
71 Gary Pettis
72 Dennis Eckersley
73 Randy Bush
74 Tom Lasorda MG
75 Joe Carter
76 Dennis Martinez
77 Tom O’Malley
78 Dan Petry
79 Ernie Whitt
80 Mark Langston
81 Reds Leaders
82 Darrel Akerfelds
83 Jose Oquendo
84 Cecilio Guante
85 Howard Johnson
86 Ron Karkovice
87 Mike Mason
88 Earnie Riles
89 Gary Thurman
90 Dale Murphy
91 Joey Cora RC
92 Len Matuszek
93 Bob Sebra
94 Chuck Jackson
95 Lance Parrish
96 Todd Benzinger RC
97 Scott Garrelts
98 Rene Gonzales
99 Chuck Finley
100 Jack Clark
101 Allan Anderson
102 Barry Larkin
103 Curt Young
104 Dick Williams MG
105 Jesse Orosco
106 Jim Walewander
107 Scott Bailes
108 Steve Lyons
109 Joel Skinner
110 Teddy Higuera
111 Expos Leaders
112 Les Lancaster
113 Kelly Gruber
114 Jeff Russell
115 Johnny Ray
116 Jerry Don Gleaton
117 James Steels
118 Bob Welch
119 Robbie Wine
120 Kirby Puckett
121 Checklist 1-132
122 Tony Bernazard
123 Tom Candiotti
124 Ray Knight
125 Bruce Hurst
126 Steve Jeltz
127 Jim Gott
128 Johnny Grubb
129 Greg Minton
130 Buddy Bell
131 Don Schulze
132 Donnie Hill
133 Greg Mathews
134 Chuck Tanner MG
135 Dennis Rasmussen
136 Brian Dayett
137 Chris Bosio
138 Mitch Webster
139 Jerry Browne
140 Jesse Barfield
141 Royals Leaders
142 Andy Van Slyke
143 Mickey Tettleton
144 Don Gordon
145 Bill Madlock
146 Donell Nixon
147 Bill Buckner
148 Carmelo Martinez
149 Ken Howell
150 Eric Davis
151 Bob Knepper
152 Jody Reed RC
153 John Habyan
154 Jeff Stone
155 Bruce Sutter
156 Gary Matthews
157 Atlee Hammaker
158 Tim Hulett
159 Brad Arnsberg
160 Willie McGee
161 Bryn Smith
162 Mark McLemore
163 Dale Mohorcic
164 Dave Johnson MG
165 Robin Yount
166 Rick Rodriquez
167 Rance Mulliniks
168 Barry Jones
169 Ross Jones
170 Rich Gossage
171 Cubs Leaders
172 Lloyd McClendon RC
173 Eric Plunk
174 Phil Garner
175 Kevin Bass
176 Jeff Reed
177 Frank Tanana
178 Dwayne Henry
179 Charlie Puleo
180 Terry Kennedy
181 David Cone
182 Ken Phelps
183 Tom Lawless
184 Ivan Calderon
185 Rick Rhoden
186 Rafael Palmeiro
187 Steve Kiefer
188 John Russell
189 Wes Gardner
190 Candy Maldonado
191 John Cerutti
192 Devon White
193 Brian Fisher
194 Tom Kelly MG
195 Dan Quisenberry
196 Dave Engle
197 Lance McCullers
198 Franklin Stubbs
199 Dave Meads
200 Wade Boggs
201 Rangers Leaders
202 Glenn Hoffman
203 Fred Toliver
204 Paul O’Neill
205 Nelson Liriano
206 Domingo Ramos
207 John Mitchell RC
208 Steve Lake
209 Richard Dotson
210 Willie Randolph
211 Frank DiPino
212 Greg Brock
213 Albert Hall
214 Dave Schmidt
215 Von Hayes
216 Jerry Reuss
217 Harry Spilman
218 Dan Schatzeder
219 Mike Stanley
220 Tom Henke
221 Rafael Belliard
222 Steve Farr
223 Stan Jefferson
224 Tom Trebelhorn MG
225 Mike Scioscia
226 Dave Lopes
227 Ed Correa
228 Wallace Johnson
229 Jeff Musselman
230 Pat Tabler
231 Pirates Leaders
232 Bob James
233 Rafael Santana
234 Ken Dayley
235 Gary Ward
236 Ted Power
237 Mike Heath
238 Luis Polonia RC
239 Roy Smalley
240 Lee Smith
241 Damaso Garcia
242 Tom Niedenfuer
243 Mark Ryal
244 Jeff D. Robinson
245 Rich Gedman
246 Mike Campbell
247 Thad Bosley
248 Storm Davis
249 Mike Marshall
250 Nolan Ryan
251 Tom Foley
252 Bob Brower
253 Checklist 133-264
254 Lee Elia MG
255 Mookie Wilson
256 Ken Schrom
257 Jerry Royster
258 Ed Nunez
259 Ron Kittle
260 Vince Coleman
261 Giants Leaders
262 Drew Hall
263 Glenn Braggs
264 Les Straker
265 Bo Diaz
266 Paul Assenmacher
267 Billy Bean
268 Bruce Ruffin
269 Ellis Burks RC
270 Mike Witt
271 Ken Gerhart
272 Steve Ontiveros
273 Garth Iorg
274 Junior Ortiz
275 Kevin Seitzer
276 Luis Salazar
277 Alejandro Pena
278 Jose Cruz
279 Randy St.Claire
280 Pete Incaviglia
281 Jerry Hairston
282 Pat Perry
283 Phil Lombardi
284 Larry Bowa MG
285 Jim Presley
286 Chuck Crim
287 Manny Trillo
288 Pat Pacillo
289 Dave Bergman
290 Tony Fernandez
291 Astros Leaders
292 Carney Lansford
293 Doug Jones
294 Al Pedrique
295 Bert Blyleven
296 Floyd Rayford
297 Zane Smith
298 Milt Thompson
299 Steve Crawford
300 Don Mattingly
301 Bud Black
302 Jose Uribe
303 Eric Show
304 George Hendrick
305 Steve Sax
306 Billy Hatcher
307 Mike Trujillo
308 Lee Mazzilli
309 Bill Long
310 Tom Herr
311 Scott Sanderson
312 Joey Meyer
313 Bob McClure
314 Jimy Williams MG
315 Dave Parker
316 Jose Rijo
317 Tom Nieto
318 Mel Hall
319 Mike Loynd
320 Alan Trammell
321 White Sox Leaders
322 Vicente Palacios
323 Rick Leach
324 Danny Jackson
325 Glenn Hubbard
326 Al Nipper
327 Larry Sheets
328 Greg Cadaret
329 Chris Speier
330 Eddie Whitson
331 Brian Downing
332 Jerry Reed
333 Wally Backman
334 Dave LaPoint
335 Claudell Washington
336 Ed Lynch
337 Jim Gantner
338 Brian Holton
339 Kurt Stillwell
340 Jack Morris
341 Carmen Castillo
342 Larry Andersen
343 Greg Gagne
344 Tony LaRussa MG
345 Scott Fletcher
346 Vance Law
347 Joe Johnson
348 Jim Eisenreich
349 Bob Walk
350 Will Clark
351 Cardinals Leaders
352 Bill Ripken RC
353 Ed Olwine
354 Marc Sullivan
355 Roger McDowell
356 Luis Aguayo
357 Floyd Bannister
358 Rey Quinones
359 Tim Stoddard
360 Tony Gwynn
361 Greg Maddux
362 Juan Castillo
363 Willie Fraser
364 Nick Esasky
365 Floyd Youmans
366 Chet Lemon
367 Tim Leary
368 Gerald Young
369 Greg Harris
370 Jose Canseco
371 Joe Hesketh
372 Matt Williams RC
373 Checklist 265-396
374 Doc Edwards MG
375 Tom Brunansky
376 Bill Wilkinson
377 Sam Horn RC
378 Todd Frohwirth
379 Rafael Ramirez
380 Joe Magrane RC
381 Angels Leaders
382 Keith Miller
383 Eric Bell
384 Neil Allen
385 Carlton Fisk
386 Don Mattingly All-Star
387 Willie Randolph All-Star
388 Wade Boggs All-Star
389 Alan Trammell All-Star
390 George Bell All-Star
391 Kirby Puckett All-Star
392 Dave Winfield All-Star
393 Matt Nokes All-Star
394 Roger Clemens All-Star
395 Jimmy Key All-Star
396 Tom Henke All-Star
397 Jack Clark All-Star
398 Juan Samuel All-Star
399 Tim Wallach All-Star
400 Ozzie Smith All-Star
401 Andre Dawson All-Star
402 Tony Gwynn All-Star
403 Tim Raines All-Star
404 Benny Santiago All-Star
405 Dwight Gooden All-Star
406 Shane Rawley All-Star
407 Steve Bedrosian All-Star
408 Dion James
409 Joel McKeon
410 Tony Pena
411 Wayne Tolleson
412 Randy Myers
413 John Christensen
414 John McNamara MG
415 Don Carman
416 Keith Moreland
417 Mark Ciardi
418 Joel Youngblood
419 Scott McGregor
420 Wally Joyner
421 Ed VandeBerg
422 Dave Concepcion
423 John Smiley RC
424 Dwayne Murphy
425 Jeff Reardon
426 Randy Ready
427 Paul Kilgus
428 John Shelby
429 Tigers Leaders
430 Glenn Davis
431 Casey Candaele
432 Mike Moore
433 Bill Pecota RC
434 Rick Aguilera
435 Mike Pagliarulo
436 Mike Bielecki
437 Fred Manrique
438 Rob Ducey
439 Dave Martinez
440 Steve Bedrosian
441 Rick Manning
442 Tom Bolton
443 Ken Griffey
444 Cal Ripken Sr. MG
445 Mike Krukow
446 Doug DeCinces
447 Jeff Montgomery RC
448 Mike Davis
449 Jeff M. Robinson
450 Barry Bonds
451 Keith Atherton
452 Willie Wilson
453 Dennis Powell
454 Marvell Wynne
455 Shawn Hillegas
456 Dave Anderson
457 Terry Leach
458 Ron Hassey
459 Yankees TL
460 Ozzie Smith
461 Danny Darwin
462 Don Slaught
463 Fred McGriff
464 Jay Tibbs
465 Paul Molitor
466 Jerry Mumphrey
467 Don Aase
468 Darren Daulton
469 Jeff Dedmon
470 Dwight Evans
471 Donnie Moore
472 Robby Thompson
473 Joe Niekro
474 Tom Brookens
475 Pete Rose MG
476 Dave Stewart
477 Jamie Quirk
478 Sid Bream
479 Brett Butler
480 Dwight Gooden
481 Mariano Duncan
482 Mark Davis
483 Rod Booker
484 Pat Clements
485 Harold Reynolds
486 Pat Keedy
487 Jim Pankovits
488 Andy McGaffigan
489 Dodgers Leaders
490 Larry Parrish
491 B.J. Surhoff
492 Doyle Alexander
493 Mike Greenwell
494 Wally Ritchie
495 Eddie Murray
496 Guy Hoffman
497 Kevin Mitchell
498 Bob Boone
499 Eric King
500 Andre Dawson
501 Tim Birtsas
502 Dan Gladden
503 Junior Noboa
504 Bob Rodgers MG
505 Willie Upshaw
506 John Cangelosi
507 Mark Gubicza
508 Tim Teufel
509 Bill Dawley
510 Dave Winfield
511 Joel Davis
512 Alex Trevino
513 Tim Flannery
514 Pat Sheridan
515 Juan Nieves
516 Jim Sundberg
517 Ron Robinson
518 Greg Gross
519 Mariners Leaders
520 Dave Smith
521 Jim Dwyer
522 Bob Patterson
523 Gary Roenicke
524 Gary Lucas
525 Marty Barrett
526 Juan Berenguer
527 Steve Henderson
528 Checklist 397-528
529 Tim Burke
530 Gary Carter
531 Rich Yett
532 Mike Kingery
533 John Farrell
534 John Wathan MG
535 Ron Guidry
536 John Morris
537 Steve Buechele
538 Bill Wegman
539 Mike LaValliere
540 Bret Saberhagen
541 Juan Beniquez
542 Paul Noce
543 Kent Tekulve
544 Jim Traber
545 Don Baylor
546 John Candelaria
547 Felix Fermin
548 Shane Mack
549 Braves Leaders
550 Pedro Guerrero
551 Terry Steinbach
552 Mark Thurmond
553 Tracy Jones
554 Mike Smithson
555 Brook Jacoby
556 Stan Clarke
557 Craig Reynolds
558 Bob Ojeda
559 Ken Williams
560 Tim Wallach
561 Rick Cerone
562 Jim Lindeman
563 Jose Guzman
564 Frank Lucchesi MG
565 Lloyd Moseby
566 Charlie O’Brien
567 Mike Diaz
568 Chris Brown
569 Charlie Leibrandt
570 Jeffrey Leonard
571 Mark Williamson
572 Chris James
573 Bob Stanley
574 Graig Nettles
575 Don Sutton
576 Tommy Hinzo
577 Tom Browning
578 Gary Gaetti
579 Mets Leaders
580 Mark McGwire
581 Tito Landrum
582 Mike Henneman RC
583 Dave Valle
584 Steve Trout
585 Ozzie Guillen
586 Bob Forsch
587 Terry Puhl
588 Jeff Parrett
589 Geno Petralli
590 George Bell
591 Doug Drabek
592 Dale Sveum
593 Bob Tewksbury
594 Bobby Valentine MG
595 Frank White
596 John Kruk
597 Gene Garber
598 Lee Lacy
599 Calvin Schiraldi
600 Mike Schmidt
601 Jack Lazorko
602 Mike Aldrete
603 Rob Murphy
604 Chris Bando
605 Kirk Gibson
606 Moose Haas
607 Mickey Hatcher
608 Charlie Kerfeld
609 Twins Leaders
610 Keith Hernandez
611 Tommy John
612 Curt Ford
613 Bobby Thigpen
614 Herm Winningham
615 Jody Davis
616 Jay Aldrich
617 Oddibe McDowell
618 Cecil Fielder
619 Mike Dunne
620 Cory Snyder
621 Gene Nelson
622 Kal Daniels
623 Mike Flanagan
624 Jim Leyland MG
625 Frank Viola
626 Glenn Wilson
627 Joe Boever
628 Dave Henderson
629 Kelly Downs
630 Darrell Evans
631 Jack Howell
632 Steve Shields
633 Barry Lyons
634 Jose DeLeon
635 Terry Pendleton
636 Charles Hudson
637 Jay Bell RC
638 Steve Balboni
639 Brewers Leaders
640 Garry Templeton
641 Rick Honeycutt
642 Bob Dernier
643 Rocky Childress
644 Terry McGriff
645 Matt Nokes RC
646 Checklist 529-660
647 Pascual Perez
648 Al Newman
649 DeWayne Buice
650 Cal Ripken
651 Mike Jackson RC
652 Bruce Benedict
653 Jeff Sellers
654 Roger Craig MG
655 Len Dykstra
656 Lee Guetterman
657 Gary Redus
658 Tim Conroy
659 Bobby Meacham
660 Rick Reuschel
661 Nolan Ryan Turn Back the Clock
662 Jim Rice Turn Back the Clock
663 Ron Blomberg Turn Back the Clock
664 Bob Gibson Turn Back the Clock
665 Stan Musial Turn Back the Clock
666 Mario Soto
667 Luis Quinones
668 Walt Terrell
669 Phillies Leaders
670 Dan Plesac
671 Tim Laudner
672 John Davis
673 Tony Phillips
674 Mike Fitzgerald
675 Jim Rice
676 Ken Dixon
677 Eddie Milner
678 Jim Acker
679 Darrell Miller
680 Charlie Hough
681 Bobby Bonilla
682 Jimmy Key
683 Julio Franco
684 Hal Lanier MG
685 Ron Darling
686 Terry Francona
687 Mickey Brantley
688 Jim Winn
689 Tom Pagnozzi
690 Jay Howell
691 Dan Pasqua
692 Mike Birkbeck
693 Benito Santiago
694 Eric Nolte
695 Shawon Dunston
696 Duane Ward
697 Steve Lombardozzi
698 Brad Havens
699 SD Padres Leaders
700 George Brett
701 Sammy Stewart
702 Mike Gallego
703 Bob Brenly
704 Dennis Boyd
705 Juan Samuel
706 Rick Mahler
707 Fred Lynn
708 Gus Polidor
709 George Frazier
710 Darryl Strawberry
711 Bill Gullickson
712 John Moses
713 Willie Hernandez
714 Jim Fregosi MG
715 Todd Worrell
716 Lenn Sakata
717 Jay Baller
718 Mike Felder
719 Denny Walling
720 Tim Raines
721 Pete O’Brien
722 Manny Lee
723 Bob Kipper
724 Danny Tartabull
725 Mike Boddicker
726 Alfredo Griffin
727 Greg Booker
728 Andy Allanson
729 Blue Jays Leaders
730 John Franco
731 Rick Schu
732 David Palmer
733 Spike Owen
734 Craig Lefferts
735 Kevin McReynolds
736 Matt Young
737 Butch Wynegar
738 Scott Bankhead
739 Daryl Boston
740 Rick Sutcliffe
741 Mike Easler
742 Mark Clear
743 Larry Herndon
744 Whitey Herzog MG
745 Bill Doran
746 Gene Larkin RC
747 Bobby Witt
748 Reid Nichols
749 Mark Eichhorn
750 Bo Jackson
751 Jim Morrison
752 Mark Grant
753 Danny Heep
754 Mike LaCoss
755 Ozzie Virgil
756 Mike Maddux
757 John Marzano
758 Eddie Williams
759 Athletics Leaders
760 Mike Scott
761 Tony Armas
762 Scott Bradley
763 Doug Sisk
764 Greg Walker
765 Neal Heaton
766 Henry Cotto
767 Jose Lind RC
768 Dickie Nole
769 Cecil Cooper
770 Lou Whitaker
771 Ruben Sierra
772 Sal Butera
773 Frank Williams
774 Gene Mauch MG
775 Dave Stieb
776 Checklist 661-792
777 Lonnie Smith
778 Keith Comstock
779 Tom Glavine RC
780 Fernando Valenzuela
781 Keith Hughes
782 Jeff Ballard
783 Ron Roenicke
784 Joe Sambito
785 Alvin Davis
786 Joe Price
787 Bill Almon
788 Ray Searage
789 Indians Leaders
790 Dave Righetti
791 Ted Simmons
792 John Tudor

Top 5 Michael Jordan Rookie Cards and Rookie Card Checklist

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Best Michael Jordan Rookie Cards

Whenever discussions about the greatest NBA player of all time arise, one name frequently comes up: Michael Jordan. His Airness’ feats on the basketball court remain unprecedented to this day. 

michael jordan rookie card

Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born on February 17, 1963, in New York City. He spent his formative years in Wilmington, NC. Jordan tried out for the Laney High School Buccaneers varsity basketball team during his sophomore year. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the cut due to his height back then (5’11”).

Jordan became the star of the junior varsity team and averaged over 25 points per game in his last two years of high school ball. He committed to play for the North Carolina Tar Heels in 1981. 

Jordan made an impact as a freshman, averaging 13.4 points for Dean Smith’s crew. The highlight of the young Jordan’s college career was his jumper from left quarter-court to lift the Tar Heels to a 63-62 win over the Georgetown Hoyas in the 1982 NCAA Tournament Championship Game.

After spending three years at Chapel Hill, Jordan’s draft stock skyrocketed. The Chicago Bulls eventually made him the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft. 

MJ took the league by storm. He averaged 28.2 points per game during his rookie year. He went on to average at least 30.1 points in his legendary NBA career. Jordan cemented his legacy by propelling the Bulls to six championships in the 1990s. He is also a five-time NBA MVP, 14-time NBA All-Star, and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

MJ’s rookie card investments bode well for your portfolio. For one, it’s Michael Jordan we’re talking about. In the sports card industry, an MJ rookie card is almost a sure bet. His status, prestige, and accolades speak massive volumes. 

Let’s take a look at His Airness’ Top 5 Rookie Cards:

 

1986-87 Michael Jordan Fleer Rookie Card #57

michael jordan fleer rookie card

This is the most popular Michael Jordan rookie card on the market. You can see MJ about to throw down one of his patented breakaway dunks against the then-New Jersey Nets. Jordan’s tongue sticking out gives this card a unique Air Jordan trademark.

When you flip the card over, you can see Jordan’s stats through his first two NBA seasons. Expect to shell out an amount in the four-digit range for this one. In fact, it has gained serious traction in the past decade (a remarkable 200 percent in the past five years alone). 

If you’re seriously considering investing in a Michael Jordan rookie card, put this one at the top of your list. 

 

1985 Michael Jordan Nike Promo Rookie RC #2

jordan nike promo card

The photo on the front of this card inspired the famous “Jumpman” Nike logo. That alone gives you a good reason to invest in it. Think about it: a card that inspired one of the most famous logos in sports merchandising history in your possession. In fact, the photo helped promote Air Jordans in the 1980s. 

All of the quintessential Jordan elements are in this card: MJ, the Nike logo, and the famous Chicago skyline in the background. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

The back of the card rattles off Jordan’s stats, including his scoring average (28.2 ppg) during his rookie year, a berth in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game, his selection for the 1984 men’s basketball team at the 1984 Summer Olympics, and his selection as a consensus All-American for two consecutive years, among other things. 

Long story short, this is one Michael Jordan rookie card that covers all the bases. It’s as timeless as it gets. 

 

1986 Michael Jordan Fleer Sticker Rookie #8

Michael Jordan Fleer Sticker

There’s just something about the old school New Jersey Nets and the Meadowlands which makes Michael Jordan’s rookie cards shine. We’re noticing a trend here. 

In this rookie card, MJ makes a move toward the basket against the Nets’ Otis Birdsong. And yes, the former is wagging his famous tongue again. It served as a warning to the opposition – another Air Jordan highlight reel was about to take place. We’re guessing MJ posterized a poor Nets player moments after leaving Birdsong in his dust. 

The back of the card reads:

“He’s ‘Air Jordan’ in Chicago where he was selected as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1985. A broken left foot cost him 64 games in 1985-86, but he came back to lead his team into the playoffs. In the greatest scoring binge in NBA playoff history, he scored 63 points against the Celtics, making 22 of 41 field-goal tries. Jordan is the NBA’s best scoring guard and a great team player who refused to sit out the last few games of the season when his foot had healed. Though he played only 20 percent of his team’s games in 1985-86, he still was in the upper half among NBA free throw statistics. Jordan led his North Carolina team to the NCAA title in 1982, defeating Georgetown and Patrick Ewing.”

This is one of the most expensive – if not most expensive – Michael Jordan rookie cards on the market. It will set you back somewhere in the five-digit range. However, it should give you a nice return after a few years. 

 

1984-85 Michael Jordan Star Rookie Card #101

Michael Jordan Star Rookie Card

Michael Jordan continues to torment the hapless New Jersey Nets in his top rookie cards. Here, MJ gets ready to post up an unidentified Nets player while his teammate Quintin Dailey looks on. You can see some Nets fans in the stands oohing and aahing even before His Airness makes his move. That’s the kind of charisma MJ had even as a rookie. 

On a side note, we like the red border and the Bulls logo – they give the card an unmistakable 80’s MJ feel. 

The back of the card breaks down Jordan’s collegiate stats at North Carolina. You can see “officially licensed product” and the NBA logo on the upper right hand panel at the back. 

Expect to shell out an amount in the four-digit range for this one. We’re confident it’ll give you a nice return on your investment. 

1985 Michael Jordan Star Lite All-Stars Rookie Card #4 

If you consider yourself a more casual collector (willing to invest in cards in the three-digit range), this Michael Jordan rookie card is a good option.

For one, it preserves the memory of MJ’s first NBA All-Star Game appearance in 1985 – the first rookie since the 1982 NBA season to accomplish such a feat. It was a sign of things to come. 

On a different note, Michael Jordan was one of the most intense competitors in the history of the game. Nowhere is this more evident on this card’s photo – MJ was all business even during an All-Star Game. 

Perhaps the most prominent feature of this card is the text in all caps at the back which reads, “FIRST ALL-STAR APPEARANCE.” Not only will this card help you cherish this noteworthy achievement, but it’ll also give you a good ROI in the future. 

 

Michael Jordan Rookie Card Checklist

 

  • 1986-87 Michael Jordan Fleer Rookie Card #57
  • 1985 Michael Jordan Nike Promo Rookie RC #2
  • 1986 Michael Jordan Fleer Sticker Rookie #8
  • 1984-85 Michael Jordan Star Rookie Card #101
  • 1985 Michael Jordan Star Lite All-Stars Rookie Card #4 
  • 1984-85 Michael Jordan Star Rookie Card #195
  • 1985-86 Michael Jordan Star Rookie Card #117
  • 1985 Michael Jordan Star Gatorade Slam Dunk Rookie Card #7
  • 1984-85 Michael Star Jordan Rookie Card #195 

 

Investment Rating and Advice

With the release of “The Last Dance” on Netflix, Michael Jordan has taken center stage once again. Even if you never grew up idolizing MJ, you can’t help but tip your hat off to one of basketball’s greatest icons. It won’t surprise us one bit if His Airness’ rookie cards started selling like hotcakes again. The price tags of his cards have gone up with a resurgence in his popularity. 

It bears repeating: investing in sports cards are a hedge against volatile stock market losses. In uncertain times, investing in Michael Jordan’s rookie cards will help put some money in your pocket, especially over the long term. 

Why do we say that? Simply put, MJ’s legacy won’t fade away any time soon. It’s been years since he hung up his sneakers and yet he still sends shivers up fans’ spines. Look for this trend to continue for the foreseeable future. 

Investment Rating: 10 out of 10

2007 Topps Allen & Ginter Review (A Set For The Ages or Forgetable?)

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The 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter is not great but not bad either.

Here is the 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter checklist for those of you who are interested…

  • 1 Ryan Howard
  • 2 Mike Gonzalez
  • 3 Austin Kearns
  • 4 Josh Hamilton
  • 5 Stephen Drew SP
  • 6 Matt Murton
  • 7 Mickey Mantle
  • 8 Howie Kendrick
  • 9 Alexander Graham Bell
  • 10 Jason Bay
  • 11 Hank Blalock
  • 12 Johan Santana
  • 13 Eleanor Roosevelt
  • 14 Kei Igawa RC
  • 15 Jeff Francoeur
  • 16 Carl Crawford
  • 17 Jhonny Peralta
  • 18 Mariano Rivera
  • 19 Mario Andretti
  • 20 Vladimir Guerrero
  • 21 Adam Wainwright
  • 22 Huston Street
  • 23 Cael Sanderson
  • 24 Susan B. Anthony
  • 25 Jay Payton
  • 26 P.T. Barnum
  • 27 Scott Podsednik
  • 28 Willie Randolph
  • 29 Sean Casey
  • 30 Eiffel Tower
  • 31 Kenji Johjima
  • 32 Felix Hernandez
  • 33 Elijah Dukes RC
  • 34 Mark Grudzielanek
  • 35 J.D. Drew
  • 36 Kevin Kouzmanoff
  • 37 Jonathan Papelbon
  • 38 Bobby Crosby
  • 39 Brooklyn Bridge
  • 40 Adam Dunn
  • 41 Lyle Overbay
  • 42 Brian Fuentes
  • 43 Scott Rolen SP
  • 44 Matt Lindstrom (RC)
  • 45 Carlos Zambrano
  • 46 Cole Hamels
  • 47 Matt Kemp
  • 48 Gary Matthews, Jr. SP
  • 49 J.J. Putz
  • 50 Albert Pujols
  • 51 Dan Haren
  • 52 Aaron Harang
  • 53 Ferris Wheel
  • 54 Juan Rivera
  • 55 Ken Griffey, Jr.
  • 56 Chien-Ming Wang
  • 57 Sean Henn (RC)
  • 58 Mike Mussina SP
  • 59 Ian Snell
  • 60 Josh Barfield
  • 61 Justin Morneau
  • 62 Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 63 Bengie Molina SP
  • 64 Brett Myers
  • 65 Andy Marte
  • 66 Bill Hall
  • 67 Ryan Shealy
  • 68 Joe B. Scott
  • 69 Mike Rabelo RC
  • 70 Jermaine Dye
  • 71 Andre Ethier
  • 72 Bruce Lee
  • 73 Nick Punto
  • 74 Ervin Santana
  • 75 Troy Tulowitzki (RC)
  • 76 Garret Anderson
  • 77 Ryan Freel
  • 78 Carlos Guillen
  • 79 John Smoltz
  • 80 Chase Utley
  • 81 Mike Sweeney
  • 82 Joe Frazier
  • 83 Brad Lidge
  • 84 Casey Blake
  • 85 Ivan Rodriguez
  • 86 Roy Oswalt
  • 87 Akinori Iwamura RC
  • 88 Francisco Rodriguez
  • 89 John Lackey
  • 90 Miguel Cabrera
  • 91 Kevin Mench
  • 92 Victor Martinez
  • 93 Chad Tracy
  • 94 Charlie Manuel
  • 95 Hanley Ramirez
  • 96 Dontrelle Willis
  • 97 Doug Slaten RC
  • 98 Noah Lowry
  • 99 Shawn Green
  • 100 David Ortiz
  • 101 Mark Reynolds RC
  • 102 Preston Wilson
  • 103 Mohandas Gandhi
  • 104 Jeff Kent
  • 105 Lance Berkman
  • 106 C.C. Sabathia
  • 107 Jason Varitek SP
  • 108 Mark Twain
  • 109 Melvin Mora
  • 110 Michael Young SP
  • 111 Scott Hatteberg
  • 112 Erik Bedard
  • 113 Sitting Bull
  • 114 Homer Bailey (RC)
  • 115 Mark Teahen
  • 116 Ryan Braun (RC)
  • 117 John Miles
  • 118 Coco Crisp
  • 119 Hunter Pence SP (RC)
  • 120 Delmon Young (RC)
  • 121 Aramis Ramirez
  • 122 Magglio Ordonez
  • 123 Tadahito Iguchi
  • 124 Mark Selby
  • 125 Gil Meche
  • 126 Curt Schilling
  • 127 Brandon Phillips
  • 128 Milton Bradley
  • 129 Craig Monroe
  • 130 Jason Schmidt SP
  • 131 Nick Markakis
  • 132 Paul Konerko
  • 133 Carlos Gomez RC
  • 134 Garrett Atkins
  • 135 Jered Weaver
  • 136 Edgar Renteria
  • 137 Jason Isringhausen SP
  • 138 Ray Durham
  • 139 Bob Baffert
  • 140 Nick Swisher
  • 141 Brian McCann
  • 142 Orlando Hudson
  • 143 Brian Bannister
  • 144 Manny Acta
  • 145 Jose Vidro
  • 146 Carlos Quentin
  • 147 Billy Butler (RC)
  • 148 Kenny Rogers
  • 149 Tom Gordon
  • 150 Derek Jeter
  • 151 Bob Wickman
  • 152 Carlos Lee SP
  • 153 Willy Taveras
  • 154 Paul LoDuca
  • 155 Ben Sheets
  • 156 Brian Roberts
  • 157 Freddy Adu
  • 158 Jason Kendall
  • 159 Michael Barrett SP
  • 160 Frank Thomas
  • 161 Manny Ramirez
  • 162 Stanley Glenn
  • 163 Robinson Cano
  • 164 Phil Hughes (RC)
  • 165 Joe Mauer
  • 166 Derrek Lee
  • 167 Jeff Weaver
  • 168 Joe Smith RC
  • 169 Louis Pasteur
  • 170 Gary Sheffield
  • 171 Luis Castillo
  • 172 Joe Torre
  • 173 Andy LaRoche (RC)
  • 174 Jamie Fischer
  • 175 Carlos Beltran
  • 176 Bronson Arroyo
  • 177 Rafael Furcal
  • 178 Juan Pierre SP
  • 179 Matt Cain
  • 180 Alfonso Soriano
  • 181 Joe Borowski
  • 182 Conor Jackson
  • 183 Groundhog Day
  • 184 Pat Burrell
  • 185 Troy Glaus
  • 186 Joel Zumaya
  • 187 Russell Martin
  • 188 Josh Willingham
  • 189 Jarrod Saltalamacchia (RC)
  • 190 Scott Kazmir
  • 191 Jeremy Hermida
  • 192 Tower Bridge
  • 193 Rich Hill SP
  • 194 Francisco Cordero SP
  • 195 Mike Piazza
  • 196 Brad Ausmus
  • 197 Greg Louganis
  • 198 Frank Catalanotto
  • 199 Alejandro de Aza RC
  • 200 David Wright
  • 201 Freddy Sanchez
  • 202 Shea Hillenbrand
  • 203 Justin Verlander SP
  • 204 Alex Gordon RC
  • 205 Jimmy Rollins
  • 206 Mike Napoli
  • 207 Chris Burke
  • 208 Chipper Jones
  • 209 Randy Johnson
  • 210 Daisuke Matsuzaka RC
  • 211 Orlando Cabrera
  • 212 B.J. Upton
  • 213 Lou Piniella MGR
  • 214 Mike Cameron
  • 215 Luis Gonzalez
  • 216 Rickie Weeks
  • 217 Hideki Okajima RC
  • 218 Johnny Estrada
  • 219 Dan Uggla SP
  • 220 Ryan Zimmerman
  • 221 Tony Gwynn, Jr.
  • 222 Rocco Baldelli SP
  • 223 Xavier Nady
  • 224 Josh Bard SP
  • 225 Raul Ibanez
  • 226 Chris Carpenter
  • 227 Matt DeSalvo (RC)
  • 228 Jack the Ripper
  • 229 Eric Chavez
  • 230 Jose Reyes
  • 231 Glen Perkins (RC)
  • 232 Gregg Zaun
  • 233 Jim Thome
  • 234 Joe Crede
  • 235 Barry Zito
  • 236 Yoel Hernandez RC
  • 237 Kelly Johnson
  • 238 Chris Young
  • 239 Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • 240 Miguel Tejada
  • 241 Doug Mientkiewicz
  • 242 Bobby Jenks
  • 243 Brad Hawpe SP
  • 244 Jay Marshall RC
  • 245 Brad Penny
  • 246 Johnny Damon
  • 247 Dave Roberts
  • 248 Ron Washington
  • 249 Mike Aponte
  • 250 Brandon Webb
  • 251 Andy Pettitte
  • 252 Bud Black
  • 253 Michael Cuddyer
  • 254 Chris Stewart RC
  • 255 Mark Teixeira
  • 256 Hideki Matsui
  • 257 Curtis Granderson
  • 258 A.J. Pierzynski
  • 259 Tony La Russa
  • 260 Andruw Jones
  • 261 Torii Hunter
  • 262 Mark Loretta
  • 263 Jim Edmonds SP
  • 264 Aaron Rowand
  • 265 Roy Halladay
  • 266 Freddy Garcia
  • 267 Reggie Sanders
  • 268 Washington Monument
  • 269 Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 270 Alex Rodriguez
  • 271 Wes Helms
  • 272 Mia Hamm
  • 273 Jorge Posada
  • 274 Tim Lincecum RC
  • 275 Bobby Abreu
  • 276 Zach Duke
  • 277 Carlos Delgado
  • 278 Julio Juarez
  • 279 Brandon Inge
  • 280 Todd Helton
  • 281 Marcus Giles
  • 282 Josh Johnson
  • 283 Chris Capuano
  • 284 B.J. Ryan
  • 285 Nick Johnson
  • 286 Khalil Greene
  • 287 Travis Hafner
  • 288 Ted Lilly
  • 289 Jim Leyland
  • 290 Prince Fielder
  • 291 Trevor Hoffman
  • 292 Brian Giles
  • 293 Omar Vizquel
  • 294 Julio Lugo
  • 295 Jake Peavy
  • 296 Adrian Beltre
  • 297 Josh Beckett
  • 298 Harry S. Truman
  • 299 Mark Buehrle
  • 300 Ichiro Suzuki
  • 301 Chris Duncan SP
  • 302 Augie Garrido SP CO
  • 303 Tyler Clippard SP (RC)
  • 304 Ramon Hernandez
  • 305 Jeremy Bonderman
  • 306 Morgan Ensberg SP
  • 307 J.J. Hardy SP
  • 308 Mark Zupan SP
  • 309 Laila Ali SP
  • 310 Greg Maddux SP
  • 311 David Ross
  • 312 Chris Duffy
  • 313 Moises Alou
  • 314 Yadier Molina
  • 315 Corey Patterson
  • 316 Dan O’Brien SP
  • 317 Michael Bourn SP (RC)
  • 318 Jonny Gomes SP
  • 319 Ken Jennings SP
  • 320 Barry Bonds SP
  • 321 Gary Hall, Jr. SP
  • 322 Kerri Walsh SP
  • 323 Craig Biggio
  • 324 Ian Kinsler
  • 325 Grady Sizemore SP
  • 326 Alex Rios SP
  • 327 Ted Toles SP
  • 328 Jason Jennings
  • 329 Vernon Wells
  • 330 Bob Geren SP MGR
  • 331 Dennis Rodman SP
  • 332 Tom Glavine
  • 333 Pedro Martinez
  • 334 Gustavo Molina SP RC
  • 335 Bartolo Colon SP
  • 336 Misty May-Treanor SP
  • 337 Randy Winn
  • 338 Eric Byrnes
  • 339 Jason McElwain SP
  • 340 Placido Polanco SP
  • 341 Adrian Gonzalez
  • 342 Chad Cordero
  • 343 Jeff Francis
  • 344 Lastings Milledge
  • 345 Sammy Sosa SP
  • 346 Jacque Jones
  • 347 Anibal Sanchez
  • 348 Roger Clemens SP
  • 349 Jesse Litsch SP RC
  • 350 Adam LaRoche S

2005 Bowman Chrome A-Rod Throwback Autographs Baseball Checklist

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2005 Bowman Chrome A-Rod Throwback Autographs

2005 Bowman Chrome A-Rod Throwback #95

The front of the card shows Alex Rodrigues getting ready to field a ball in case of a sharp hit to short-shop (back when he played the position with Seattle).

The back of the card reads “UP CLOSE: Named Gatorade’s National Student Athlete of the Year in 1993… favorite players as a kid were Keith Hernandez, Dale Murphy, and Cal Ripken“.

2006 Allen & Ginter Dick Perez Original Sketches

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1 Shawn Green Arizona Diamondbacks

2 Andruw Jones Atlanta Braves

3 Miguel Tejada Baltimore Orioles

4 David Ortiz Boston Red Sox

5 Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs

6 Paul Konerko Chicago White Sox

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7 Ken Griffey Jr. Cincinnati Reds

8 Travis Hafner Cleveland Indians

9 Todd Helton Colorado Rockies

10 Ivan Rodriguez Detroit Tigers

11 Miguel Cabrera Florida Marlins

12 Lance Berkman Houston Astros

13 Mike Sweeney Kansas City Royals

14 Vladimir Guerrero California Angels

15 Rafael Furcal Los Angeles Dodgers

16 Carlos Lee Milwaukee Brewers

17 Johan Santana Minnesota Twins

18 David Wright New York Mets

19 Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees

20 Huston Street Oakland Athletics

21 Bobby Abreu Philadelphia Phillies

22 Jason Bay Pittsburgh Pirates

23 Jake Peavy San Diego Padres

24 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

25 Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants

26 Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

27 Aubrey Huff Tampa Bay Devil Rays

28 Mark Teixeira Texas Rangers

29 Vernon Wells Toronto Blue Jays

30 Alfonso Soriano Washington Nationals

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