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Nolan Ryan Rookie Cards

Nolan Ryan and his best rookie cards

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Hall of Famer pitcher Nolan Ryan rookie cards are one of the more sought after ones to collect from the 1960s.

With some of his well-graded cards routinely going for thousands of dollars, Nolan Ryan’s 1968 Topps baseball card in particular is a great addition to any vintage collector’s collection.

Take a look below at his rookie cards currently available to bid or buy (with links provided for the direct listing).

1. 1968 Topps Rookie Card #177

This is his iconic rookie card from the 1968 Topps set, which he shares with Jerry Koosman on the photo.

Well-graded cards can be worth thousands of dollars. But there are several different versions of this card including from the Milton Bradley set (yes the toy company), Venezuelan variation (for the South American market) and the O-Pee-Chee card (for the Canadian market).


2. 1969 Topps Rookie Card #533

While technically not his rookie card (see description of the aforementioned 1968 Topps), this is the first one pictured by himself.

It still retains great value for being a second-year baseball card.


3. 1991 Upper Deck Heroes Autograph Card

Obviously this isn’t his rookie card but as a bonus, especially for those looking to add a Nolan Ryan card that has one of his autographs on it, this is a great one.

The 1991 Upper Deck set encouraged collectors to “Find the Nolan” with the autographs limited to 2,500.

Even as the baseball cards were mass produced, this was one of the earlier “hits” you can get back then.


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