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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 BASEBALL FACTORY HOBBY BOX - MARIANO RIVERA RC! FRESH FROM CASE! 🔥

$374.95  
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #302 PSA 10 GEM MINT

$891.00  (46 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-28-2021 23:12:47 EST

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Mariano Rivera Signed 1992 Bowman #302 RC Rookie PSA 9 PSA/DNA 10 AUTO

$510.00  (15 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-28-2021 22:20:22 EST

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1992 Bowman #302 Mariano Rivera BGS 9 RC

$113.00  
End Date: Saturday Feb-13-2021 08:50:30 EST
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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #302 PSA 9 MINT

$131.00  (14 bids)
End Date: Thursday Jan-28-2021 23:12:42 EST

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1992 Bowman #302 Mariano Rivera New York Yankees RC Rookie PSA 9 MINT

$108.59  (21 bids)
End Date: Wednesday Jan-27-2021 23:23:22 EST

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1992 Bowman #302 Mariano Rivera PSA 10 Gem Mint RC Rookie Card

$760.00  (26 bids)
End Date: Saturday Jan-30-2021 19:30:01 EST

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1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera ROOKIE Yankees, PSA Ready, RC

$1,000.00  
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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 Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #17 PSA 10 GEM MT

$3,000.00  
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1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #17 PSA 10 GEM MINT

$3,000.00  
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1990 Diamond Cards Tampa Yankees Mariano Rivera ROOKIE RC #17 PSA 10 GEM MINT

$5,000.00  
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RC BGS 9.5 1990 Diamond Mariano Rivera HOF MINOR LEAGUE psa Rookie Cards Yankees

$60,000.00  
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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).

1996 Mariano Rivera Leaf Signature Series AUTO BRONZE Autograph New York Yankees

$134.99  
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1996 Leaf Signature Auto Gold Mariano Rivera - PSA 9 PSA 10 - POP 8

$1,250.00  
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1996 Leaf Signature Auto Gold Mariano Rivera PSA / DNA /500

$999.00  
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1996 Leaf Signature: Mariano Rivera Auto BGS 8.5 NM-MT+

$333.00  
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1996 MARIANO RIVERA Leaf Signature Autographs Bronze PSA DNA PSA 10 card & AUTO

$1,499.99  
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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 Mariano Rivera AUTO SIGNED Autograph Graded Card PSA 8

$399.99  
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1996 LEAF SIGNATURE SERIES MARIANO RIVERA AUTO BRONZE NEW YORK YANKEES

$179.99  
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