1952 Topps Eddie Mathews baseball card. This card from the famous Topps 1952 baseball card series is also the rookie card of Eddie Mathews. Value of an original varies from $700 to $1800. You can buy this Eddie Mathews rookie baseball card here.
Eddie Mathews became the 7th player in MLB history to hit 500 homers in his career. Mathews broke Ralph Kiner’s record for most home runs by a rookie when he slugged 25. Eddie Mathews hit 30 or more home runs in seven straight seasons. A true slugger with a smooth sweet swing, Mathews was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1978.
During his 15 year career Catfish Hunter pitched for the Oakland Athletics and the Yankees. He became the highest paid pitcher in baseball (at the time) when he signed with the Yanks in 1975. Hunter was a 5x World Champion, 1974 Cy Young winner, 8x All Star.
Catfish pitched a perfect game on May 8, 1968. Catfish Hunter died in 1999 at the age of 53, after falling down his stairs at home, he was suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease at the time. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987.
1987 Topps Barry Larkin rookie card. Barry Larkin will be the only inductee into the 2012 Baseball Hall of Fame, as he was the only player to make the cut in a very thin class of hopefuls. Value of this Larkin baseball card will no doubt increase in value over time. Buy a Barry Larkin rookie card here
Barry Larkin played his entire career with the Reds. He was a versatile shortstop , combining speed with great range in the field. Barry Larkin’s career was the picture of consistency. Larkin was a 12x All Star, 1995 National League MVP, 3 time Gold Glover. Barry holds a career .295 AVG , 198 Homers and 960 Rbi’s. Are these Hall of Fame numbers? Let the debate begin.
2006 Rookie card of the new Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. This rookie baseball card by Topps/Bowman is valued at around $10. Jonathan Papelbon, who was the Red Sox closer his entire career, is now a Phillie after signing as a free agent. Buy this Jonathan Papelbon rookie card in our store.
Papelbon is coming off a pretty good 2011 season for the Bosox, despite blowing the save in the Red Sox’s final game against the Orioles, effectively eliminating the Sox from the playoffs, and completing Boston’s epic collapse. However, his stats were good enough to garner a nice contract with a new ball club. Jonathan Papelbon has collected 219 saves thus far in his career, with a 2.33 ERA.