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Mariano Rivera and his best rookie cards

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One of the no brainer selections into the Hall of Fame in 2019, Mariano Rivera has had a stellar career earning his position as one of the best (if not, the best) closers in the game.

The Yankees legend recorded 652 saves (MLB record) and 952 games finished (another MLB record) to go along with his 1,173 strikeouts, 2.21 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.

Here’s a couple of his “rookie” cards worth collecting and/or investing in and a bonus selection (with links to bid/buy on eBay).

1. 1992 Bowman Baseball #302

Considered his only true rookie card, Rivera in his 1992 Bowman Baseball rookie is pretty affordable.

A PSA 10 is currently available for around $300 (although that might change with his induction into the Hall of Fame).

He’s also dressed very casually in the photo making this set particularly memorable.

1992 Bowman #302 Mariano Rivera Yankees RC Rookie PSA 10 " WELL CENTERED "

$360.00  (13 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-17-2021 23:59:35 EDT

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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #302 PSA 9 MINT

$127.52  (11 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-17-2021 21:00:11 EDT

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1992 Bowman #302 Mariano Rivera Yankees RC Rookie BGS 9.5 Gem Mint

$202.50  (8 bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jun-16-2021 21:55:56 EDT

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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #302 PSA 10 GEM MINT

$355.00  (19 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-17-2021 21:00:16 EDT

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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #302 PSA 9 MINT

$199.99  
End Date: Tuesday Jul-06-2021 20:31:27 EDT
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #302 PSA 10 GEM MINT

$306.00  (7 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jun-17-2021 21:00:21 EDT

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1992 Bowman MARIANO RIVERA Rookie RC #302 NY Yankees

$99.99  
End Date: Tuesday Jul-13-2021 21:37:44 EDT
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1992 Bowman baseball complete set Mariano Rivera Mike Piazza RC's Chipper Jones

$142.55  
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2. 1990 Diamond Cards #17

For hardcore collectors, this Rivera card, which came out two years before the 1992 Bowman rookie, is more rare and has more monetary value.

It’s his first baseball card featuring the very young-looking reliever and the ones that are graded a PSA 10 is selling for more than $1,000.

1990 Diamond Cards #17 Mariano Rivera Tampa Yankees RC Rookie PSA 10

$6,999.99  
End Date: Wednesday Jun-23-2021 20:42:00 EDT
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RC BGS 9.5 1990 Diamond Mariano Rivera HOF MINOR LEAGUE psa Rookie Cards Yankees

$60,000.00  
End Date: Saturday Jul-03-2021 03:56:22 EDT
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BONUS: 1996 Leaf Signature Series

Because Rivera didn’t have many rookie cards like other players did, here’s an extra baseball card collectors can consider addition to their personal collection.

His 1996 Leaf Signature Series card is his first autograph card with Rivera in his pinstripes.

There are three variations of the card indicated by the color of the foil stamp (bronze, silver, gold).

MARIANO RIVERA 1996 Leaf Signature Series Bronze HOF AUTO

$155.00  
End Date: Thursday Jun-17-2021 17:21:24 EDT
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1996 Leaf Signature Mariano Rivera Auto Auth PSA 8.5 Low Pop

$450.00  
End Date: Sunday Jul-04-2021 19:12:31 EDT
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BGS 9.5 1996 Leaf Signature Mariano Rivera Auto Silver #194 GEM MINT

$1,500.00  
End Date: Monday Jul-12-2021 12:30:25 EDT
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1996 Leaf Signature: Mariano Rivera Auto BGS 8.5 NM-MT+

$200.00  
End Date: Wednesday Jun-16-2021 19:24:42 EDT
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MARIANO RIVERA 1996 Leaf Signature Autographs - BGS 9 - 10 Auto

$299.99  
End Date: Friday Jun-25-2021 13:32:42 EDT
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1996 Leaf Signature Autographs Bronze #195 Mariano Rivera BGS 9 Mint BGS 10 Auto

$389.99  
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1996 Leaf Signature Bronze Autograph Auto Mariano Rivera BGS 9.5 / 10 Auto GEM

$1,199.95  
End Date: Sunday Jun-20-2021 16:22:12 EDT
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1996 Leaf Signature Mariano Rivera AUTO SIGNED Autograph Graded Card PSA 8.5

$449.99  
End Date: Sunday Jun-27-2021 22:56:05 EDT
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