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Alex Rodriguez rookie cards are coveted collectibles.  It’s hard to be a card collector and not own at least one.  Arod cards are some of the most heavily traded cards.  Alex is on pace to possibly break the MLB HR record.  His contract should get him far enough to eclipse the HR mark.  Much like Derek Jeter rookie cards, Yankee fans love Alex Rodriguez rookies.  Over the years Alex has been compared to power hitters like Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire.

So what are the best Alex Rodriguez rookie cards to buy?  Here is a list of his best cards and what they’re worth.  You can also find great information on what not to buy.

Greatest Alex Rodriguez Rookie Cards of All-Time

1994 SP Alex Rodriguez Rookie Cards #15

This is the holy grail of Alex Rodriguez baseball cards.  This is one of his most valuable cards.  Pricing of these cards has increased over the years and it is one of his hardest cards to find in perfect condition.  These cards sell for $350 in Mint condition and $3500 in Gem Mint 10 condition.  This is one of the greatest baseball cards ever produced.  Yankees fans and sports card collectors covet these rare gems.

Die-cut Alex Rodriguez parallel cards look different than the originals.  These cards are scarcer than the originals.  Because these cards are so scarce they are worth 3 times as much.  If you collect rare Alex Rodriguez cards I recommend you buy this one.

Alex Rodriguez rookie 1994 SP

1994 SP Alex Rodriguez Red Die-Cut Holoview  #33 RC

This is one of the nicest looking Alex Rodriguez rookie cards.  The pictured hologram on the front is super cool.  This insert card was limited to only 400.  The card sells for over $2500 in Gem Mint 10 condition and $700 in Mint 9 condition.  If you are in the market for an expensive Alex Rodriguez card we suggest you consider this one.

1994 Fleer Update Alex Rodriguez RC #U86

This white bordered card was only released in update sets and not packs. This Alex Rodriguez rookie is a budget friendly card that sells for $20 in Mint 9 condition.  Gem mint 10 versions sell for $45-$50.  These cards are not as rare as the SP rookie.  Poorly centered cards are common with these Fleer cards.

1994 Upper Deck Arod Star Rookies #24

The Upper Deck Rodriguez rookie is one of his most traded cards.  These cards are much more affordable than his other rookies.  This card sells for $20 in mint 9 condition while gem mint 10 cards bring $40.  Off-centering and thin card stock are the main reasons why these cards don’t grade well.

Upper Deck created a parallel card called Electric Diamond, which is scarcer than the base card.  This cards sell for close to double of what original rookie sells for.

1994 Leaf Limited Alex Rodriguez Rookie Phenoms Gold (1 of only 5,000)

This limited edition, gold card is individually numbered to only 5,000.  Surface scratches are common, which don’t help how they grade.  These rare Alex Rodriguez rookies sell for over $1,000 in gem mint 10 condition. Mint 9 versions sell for a little over $200.   These Rodriguez rookies make great additions to any serious card collection.  High graded cards versions of these cards make great investments.

There are a few other rookie cards that Alex has, but these are his most popular. Almost all Alex Rodriguez rookie cards are worth their weight in gold and will continue to be in the forefront of most collectors wish lists.

Autographed Alex Rodriguez Baseball Cards

Rookie cards are typically what collectors want to buy.  Autographed Alex Rodriguez cards are becoming more and more popular. Increased demand has caused prices to surge.  Some of these autographed cards are limited and numbered. This makes them even more valuable. Alex has a ton of autographed cards produced by Topps, Upper Deck and Panini.   Most of these signed cards sell for over $100. His autographed rookie cards sell for $400.

Alex Rodriguez autographed baseballs are also fantastic collectibles. An Alex Rodriguez signed ball sells for $250 depending on the condition of the signature.  Signed baseballs have always been popular with fans and autographed Rodriguez balls are no exception.  Every memorabilia collector should consider adding one to their collection.

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Alan Karpuch

Owner of GMA Grading Inc. Over 20 years experience in the sports card industry.

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