Don Mattingly rookie cards are some of the best collectibles in the hobby.  The Yankees slugger was one of the greatest hitters of the 80’s.  He won 9 Gold Glove awards as well as the 1985 MVP award.  Many people believe that he is a border line Hall of Famer.  If anything keeps Don Mattingly out of the baseball Hall of Fame it would have to be his shortened career.  Mattingly was plagued by lower back issues which forced him into retirement.  don-mattingly-rookie-cardDon Mattingly will always be remembered as one of the greatest clutch hitters in the game. Whether he gets inducted into the Hall or not his rookie cards make outstanding investments.  Mattingly is one of the most popular New York Yankees players of all-time.  This is only part of the reason why Don Mattingly rookies are worth buying.  Here is a detailed list of some of the best  Mattingly rookies and what they are currently worth.

1984 Donruss Don Mattingly Rookie Card

This unique baseball card became one of the most popular cards in the hobby in the late 80’s.  Many collectors believe this card actually changed the hobby completely.  The 1984 Donruss Don Mattingly rookie card became so popular that investors starting purchasing these great baseball cards. It became a turning point in the hobby.  Collectors were always the people driving the value of baseball cards but now investors were starting to take baseball card collecting seriously as an investment.  Much like Gold and Silver investors looked to baseball cards as way of diversifying there investments and making a nice return on their money.  Currently the 1984 Donruss Don Mattingly rookie can be purchased online for around $20 in Mint 9 condition.  Gem MT 10 versions sell for up to $150.  Buyers should pay close attention to the centering of these cards.  Many were poorly cut direct from Donruss.

1984 Topps 

This is one of the most popular and Don Mattingly rookie cards.  These baseball cards are not scarce at all but they are condition sensitive.  Centering and typical corner ware are some of the major issues that surround most of these cards.  Because these cards are not very scarce buyers should consider only purchasing cards in premium condition.  These Topps cards can be purchased for around $12-$15 in Mint 9 condition and $75-$100 in Gem MT 10 condition.

1984 Fleer 

These cards are some of the nicest Don Mattingly rookie cards ever produced.  These white bordered cards are much scarcer than the Topps version and sell for more money.  These great baseball cards have centering issues much like other Fleer cards produced in the 80’s.  The value of these Don Mattingly rookie cards are based on the condition that they are in.  Mint 9 cards sell for around $20 while Gem MT 10 versions typically sell for around $150.

Don Mattingly rookie cards are worth buying at their current levels.  The New York Yankees superstar will always be remembered as one of the greats of the game.  These cards are very affordable and should be part of any real baseball card collection.

Alan Karpuch

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

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