Next to Mike Trout, baseball fans, analysts and collectors alike could argue Kris Bryant is another generational player to hit the diamond.
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Nicknamed the “Iron Man” for playing 2,632 consecutive games, Cal Ripken Jr. is a one-of-a-kind player.
What’s not to like this season about Jose Altuve who might be small-in-stature but plays like a true big leaguer when he’s at the plate and on the field. High average, fast, has some pop in the bat and solid defensively.
Yet his rookie cards come at a great value.
It might be a good time to invest now as he looks to pad his career stats. Here are our favorite Altuve rookie cards.
2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP137
Unlike many top prospect cards today, Altuve’s never came with an autograph, which keeps the value of this card from climbing higher than it could have.
And since it’s considered an insert, this card isn’t technically a rookie card but many collectors will treat it as such.
It’s still a nice card to have for an Altuve fan as it’s his first card in a Houston Astros’ uniform. Plus there are plenty of refractors available, which have considerably higher value.
Long known for his affiliation with the Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz in fact started his career with the Seattle Mariners before being traded to the Minnesota Twins where he played his rookie year in 1997.
Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox was a top prospect and rookie of the year candidate going into the 2017 season.
It didn’t take long for New York Yankees rookie Gleyber Torres to make a positive impression.
When Ronald Acuna was called up to “The Show” in 2018, the rookie phenom came as advertised displaying both power and speed.
There’s no question that Shohei Ohtani came to Major League Baseball as advertised – the Sho show was a must see in 2018 with both his above average pitching and batting ability.
He has yet to play in the majors, but what he’s been doing in the minors has been incredible.
His accolades go on and on, which include five-time World Series champion, 3,465 career hits, rookie of the year, multiple MVP awards, just to name a few.
As he first broke into the league in the 1990s when many of the baseball cards released were mass produced, his most valuable rookie cards tend to be the ones that are hard to find in good condition.