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With much of the attention on the New York Yankees rookie phenom Aaron Judge this season, it’s important to get some perspective.
And this article on sportsonearth.com lists the nine top rookie seasons. Judge is number 3.
But Ted Williams as a Boston Red Sox rookie player in 1939 put up some unworldly numbers. He had a .327 batting average, scored 131 runs, hit 31 home runs and batted in 145 RBIs – the latter statistic which is still a rookie record.
A 1939 Play Ball rookie card with an impressive PSA Graded 8 is going for $25,000 here.
Of course, many of his non-rookie cards still have plenty of value as he became one of the best hitters in the game.
This 1948 Leaf card is a beauty with PSA Graded 9. But it’ll cost you $70,000.
For something more affordable and more modern, there are several relic cards available including this 2013 Topps Tier One GAME-USED BAT RELIC numbered 83/99 (Ungraded) going for $59.
Believe it or not, Williams only finishes number two on the list. Number one? Joe Jackson of the Cleveland Indians in 1911.