Let’s start with the basic of defining what a rookie card is. A rookie card is a trading card that is the first to feature an athlete after that athlete has participated in the highest level of competition within his or her sport. Collectors are more likely to appreciate and give these first appearances value compared to those of the subsequent card issues. However, there are many occasions where a rookie card is not necessarily produced during a players rookie season due to the fact that those cards could have been the cards that fit the definition printed various years ago. It is generally understood that if a card is to be a true rookie card, the card must be counted as part of a product's base set. Thus, limited quantity insert cards of any type are generally not considered to be rookie cards. In 2006 Major League Baseball instituted a set of guidelines which dictated what cards could and could not bear the official MLB rookie card logo. Despite these guidelines, many collectors still regard a player's "true" rookie card as being their first officially licensed prospect card. Many of us considered trading cards as our first taste of the investment world. We understood the basics as a kid. Buy low and sell high. During the 80s, the majority of the younger generations respectfully treated card collecting as primarily just a fun hobby with no real expectations or anything to gain from. But now that that generation of kids has grown up to be middle-aged investors with hefty pockets, this trend is making a huge comeback. Except for this time, people are taking it as a serious investment and not just a hobby. That’s because sports card investing has proven to show extremely impressive returns for traders.
A pre-rookie card is any card that was printed prior to the year that a player made their debut at the top level of their respective sport. The most common pre-rookie cards are included in prospect-heavy products such as a Bowman Draft, Topps Pro Debut, team-issued minor league baseball cards, football rookies depicted in college uniforms in sets released prior to the start of an NFL season, and junior league hockey cards. The Rookie Related designation is really quite simple, it’s a catch-all filter of all the cards that have received a rookie card, rookie year, or pre-rookie card designation. One of the most common misconceptions on COMC is that the red rookie card symbol represents the most desirable cards belonging to a player. That isn’t true at all. While these items are considered that player’s true rookie cards, there are many instances where a pre-rookie card or even a rookie year card can be a substantially more desirable card than a flagship RC.
Below are various examples of rookie cards that have had striking market value changes.
1. The Honus Wagner T206 card could have been purchased for around $1500 in 1975. Today that card would conservatively be worth around $5 Million, with a striking 333,000% return. Returns like this are unthinkable in the stock market. Granted that might be over a long 40 year period.
2. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sold for $282,000 back in 2006. The same card in 2018 was sold at an auction for $2,880,000. That’s almost a 1,000% return.
3. The 1963 Topps Pete Rose card was bought by an investor for $157,000 in 2012. Just 4 years later, in 2016, it was sold at an auction for $717,000. The value increased by 100% every year.
Huge returns are possible even in the short term.
Over the past decade, the Mantle card has appreciated 590 percent, the Aaron card 829 percent, and the Ruth card 305 percent.
1975 Topps Rookie Baseball Card Complete Set
Here we have the 1975 Topps Rookie Complete 660 Card set for the top in near mint condition. The Cards are all in order from 1-660 and are beautifully displayed in a clear plastic casing. The card collection displays high profiled shortstop and centerfield player Robin Yount known as “The Kid” in this collection as well as George Brett who played in the MLB for over 20 years. This near mint card collection would make a perfect addition to any baseball memorabilia.
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