Jose Canseco rookie cards were some of the most popular cards in the 80’s. Owning a Jose Canseco rookie card used to one of the most important things a baseball card collector could purchase. Jose put up some ridiculous numbers including being the fits player to reach the 40/40 club. Jose had rare power and speed. The Athletics had one of the scariest lineups which included Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Carney Lansford.
Over his career, Canseco hit .266 and slugged 462 home runs. He also batting in 1,407 and played for 8 major league teams. Many compared Canseco to the great Bo Jackson. He is a polarizing figure that has plenty of haters, especially those that played against him. Canseco will be forever linked to players like Barry Bonds, Sosa, McGwire and Palmeiro for his admitted use of performance-enhancing drugs. For this reason, we seriously doubt he will ever be elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. With that being said, people that watched Canseco play will never forget what an amazing power hitter and athlete he was.
Which Jose Canseco Rookie Card is the Best?
Jose had multiple rookie cards produced of him in 1986 and 1987. Some of the cards are not easy to find in premium condition. Here is a list of Canseco’s best rookie cards and what they are currently worth.
1986 Donruss Rated Rookie #39 Jose Canseco RC
This baseball card changed the hobby in 1987. It quickly became one of the hottest cards ever and brought thousands of new people into card collecting. These cards use to sell for $60 ungraded while gem mint 10 versions would fetch close to $200. The prices have changed over the year and now buyers can purchase these Donruss cards for around $5 ungraded. Gem MT 10 versions currently are priced at the $75-$100.
1986 Donruss The Rookies Jose Canseco RC #22
This card was never as popular as the base Donruss Canseco rookie but still sold very well in the $5-$10 range. Prices have been cut in half in recent years and these Jose Canseco baseball cards currently sell for $2-$3 ungraded.
1986 Fleer Jose Canseco/ Eric Plunk Rookie
This unique card was not easy to find centered nor was it easy to find with sharp corners. These cards typically don’t grade well but are still popular cards. Buyers can purchase these Jose Canseco cards for $2-$3 online.
1986 Topps Traded Jose Canseco #20T RC
This cool looking card is very affordable selling for $2-$2.50 on eBay. The top black border keeps these cards from grading well, but gem mint 10 cards do exist. These Jose Canseco cards are not rare, to say the least, and can be found selling online for $20 in Gem MT 10 condition.
1986 Fleer Update Jose Canseco #U-20 Rookie
Fleer made sure to include Jose in their Fleer Update set which was one of the most popular sets produced in 1986. This baseball card has a blue border which surrounds the A’s slugger. These cards don’t typically grade that well, but they are readily available in high grades to do to a large production run. Collectors can find these cards online selling for about $2-$3.
1987 Topps Jose Canseco #620 All-Star Rookie
Some collectors see this cards as a Jose Canseco rookie card while others see it as a second-year card. Either way is a great card with a retro wooden border that reminds many of the 1962 Topps set. Tiffany versions do exist which are much harder to find than the base cards. In recent online auctions, Mint 9 Tiffany cards have been selling for $15 while Gem MT 10 versions are fetching a little over $35.
1987 Fleer Jose Canseco #389 RC
This card is debated much like his 1987 Topps card. Is it a rookie or not? Again, it depends on who you ask. Some feel even though it is not his first Fleer card it is his first Fleer card in a regular set. These Canseco cards fetch $3-$4 online and they are much harder to find than his Topps card.
Jose has a few other rookie cards, but these are his most popular. His baseball cards will always remind fans of the dark days of baseball, but they will also remind many of what exciting athlete he was.