The Underrated Baseball Rookie Card List

by Joeyd011 - 258 cards (Last updated on Dec. 1, 2017)

1. 1933 Goudey #211 Hack Wilson

Hack Wilson - HOF Career, 1,461 Hits, 244 HR's, 1,063 RBI's, 6 100+ RBI Seasons, .307 Career Hitter.

Wilson was inducted to the hall of fame in 1979 by the Veterans Committee. In 1930, Wilson hit 56 Home-Runs, drove in 191 runs, and batted .356 while with the Chicago Cubs. In that particular year however, the league did not have an MVP award winner due to financial constraints. On paper he is considered the 1930 NL MVP, but it is still not officially recognized.

2. 1933 Goudey #5 Babe Herman

Babe Herman - 1,818 Hits, 399 Doubles, 181 HR's, 997 RBI's, .324 Career Hitter.

3. 1933 Goudey #194 Earl Averill

Earl Averill - HOF Career, 2,019 Hits, 401 Doubles, 238 HR's, 1,164 RBI's, .318 Career Hitter, 6 Time All-Star.

Averill was selected to the hall of fame in 1975 by the Veterans Committee.

4. 1933 Goudey #128 Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein - HOF Career, 1932 NL MVP, 1933 NL Batting Title, 1933 NL Triple Crown, 2,076 Hits, 398 Doubles, 300 HR's, 1,201 RBI's, 6 100+ RBI Seasons, .320 Career Hitter, 2 Time All-Star.

Chuck was selected to the hall of fame in 1980 by the Veterans Committee.

5. 1934 Goudey #25 Doc Cramer

Doc Cramer - 2,705 Hits, 396 Doubles, 842 RBI's, .296 Career Hitter, 5 Time All-Star, 1 WS Ring.

6. 1934 Goudey #68 Bob Johnson

'Indian' Bob Johnson - 2,051 Hits, 396 Doubles, 288 HR's, 1,283 RBI's, 8 100+ RBI Seasons, .296 Career Hitter, 8 Time All-Star.

7. 1934-36 Diamond Stars (R327) #66 Joe Medwick

Joe Medwick - HOF Career, NL MVP Award, 2,471 Hits, 540 Doubles, 205 HR's, 1,383 RBI's, .324 Career Hitter, 10 Time All-Star, 1 WS Ring.

8. 1936 R312 National Chicle Pastels #NNO Johnny Mize

Johnny Mize - HOF Career, 1939 AL Batting Title, 2,011 Hits, 367 Doubles, 359 HR's, 1,337 RBI's, 8 100+ RBI Seasons, .312 Career Hitter, 10 Time All-Star, 5 WS Rings.

9. 1938 Goudey Heads-Up (R323) #260 Rudy York

Rudy York - 1,621 Hits, 291 Doubles, 277 HR's, 1,149 RBI's, .275 Career Hitter, 7 Time All-Star, 1 WS Ring.

10. 1939 Play Ball #7a Bobby Doerr

Bobby Doerr - HOF Career, 2,042 Hits, 381 Doubles, 223 HR's, 1,247 RBI's, .288 Career Hitter, 9 Time All-Star, Career Boston Red Sox.



Apr. 26, 2014 - 7:17AM

Great idea for a set!

Apr. 26, 2014 - 11:58AM

Thanks Wamk.

Apr. 27, 2014 - 2:25PM

This was a fun read. Makes me want to seek out some of these cards for my collection. Thanks!

Apr. 27, 2014 - 10:03PM

Thanks Switzr, my goal is to reach 100 rookie cards on this list eventually.

Apr. 30, 2014 - 9:32PM

Love this list! Did you think about Jamie Moyer? He's just one that came to mind. So glad the clever website tells me I have 25 of these cards, including the 1960 Kaat, which I discovered, after owning it for years, is autographed in pencil. Again, great list. Thanks.


May. 1, 2014 - 10:25AM

Thanks Vvvergeer, I am considering Moyer, he definitely had longevity in the game and tried his best to reach 300 wins. Glad you like the list.

May. 1, 2014 - 7:33PM

I'm glad Vvvergeer mentioned that. I didn't even notice the site told me I had one of these cards. I'm trying to guess what it is before I click the button and see.

May. 1, 2014 - 9:01PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I've found that card show conventions are the best way to get some of these cards. The shows have a lot of sellers with vintage collections, and the prices are always negotiable for the most part. Ebay has a lot of inventory as well, but many cards are just way over priced, with little room for catching a good deal.

May. 4, 2014 - 11:59AM

NIce additions. Then there's Rick Reuschel, who looks like my dad, but is somehow getting appreciation as a possible HOFer now, which I find unbelievable. And you know who I think is under appreciated, but will probably remain that way? Juan Pierre. .295 hitter. 2200+ hits. 600+ stolen bases. Or do you have to be retired to make the list?


May. 8, 2014 - 11:47AM

I just bid on a Gossage rookie on eBay after seeing it on your list!

May. 8, 2014 - 8:20PM

Switzr1, That's cool the Gossage is a great card to have, let me know if you win that. I got mine on Ebay after a slight bidding war for just under $50, graded PSA 7.

Vvvergeer, Reuschel was a good pitcher, I can add him to the list. Pierre is retired, and another solid contender for this list. He had a really good shot for greatness with 4 seasons of 200+ hits, but had some injuries along the way like many others on this list. Nomar Garciaparra was another great player plagued with injury unfortunately. I'll probably add these more modern era players after I reach 100.

Sep. 4, 2014 - 7:00PM

Very nice concept. Lotsa fun to re-consider a lot of players you haven't thought about for a while.
I will be interested to see which of these guys gets into the HOF. I'm gonna say I am a big fan of both Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neal.
Didn't see (maybe I missed it) Edgar Martinez in here. One of my all time favorites who is going to have a tough time making the Hall! Thanks

Sep. 9, 2014 - 7:32PM

Thanks for checking out the list Pasha2014. Edgar was not on here, but he is now. Good pick, he was a very good hitter, and still has a few years left for HOF consideration. It'll be tough though that's true.

Aug. 27, 2016 - 7:14PM

Carlton was one of the early pioneers of fitness and working out. He was constantly moving his left arm through a bucket of rice. My dad always took me to the phils games when he pitched be/c he knew we would win and it would be quick. Great list, thanks

Sep. 25, 2016 - 3:12PM

I see you have a few Rockies players and players would be Rockies at a later time and I also hate the fact that you rag on a Rockies player but you did not have a card I think you should. It is the 1993 Topps Traded Todd Helton rookie card. Here is what Cardboard Connection says about this card: USA Baseball has 22 cards, including the Todd Helton rookie card. Helton is, by far, the most popular single in the set.

Sep. 26, 2016 - 3:54PM

Thanks for checking out the list Ckrakowski. Helton is a good choice to add to this list for sure. Regarding my comment on the Rockies player that you're referring to, Larry Walker, he was a great player, but Coors field is the most hitter friendly ball park in the major leagues. There were a lot of players who were able to significantly rejuvenate their career while playing on the Rockies because of that, such as, Dante Bichette, Andres Galarraga, and Vinny Castilla. What does set Walker above the rest in my opinion however, is his 7 Gold Gloves in the Outfield. Running down balls at Coors Field is no easy task, and he was equally as good while with the Expos.

Sep. 27, 2016 - 4:06PM

Sorry if it seemed I was attacking you Joey but I am a Rockies fan and every year I have to hear multiple times how playing at Coors Field gives players an unfair advantage and I am just sick and tired of hearing about it. Whenever it comes to a player who played for the Rockies and is on the HOF ballot all people can talk about is how their numbers are inflated due to playing at Coors Field and because of that they should not be allowed to enter the hall. I look forward to either 2019 or 2020 when Helton is in his first year of balloting for the hall to see if they allow him passage even though he played his entire career in Colorado. He is considered not only one of the greatest First baseman of his generation but in MLB history. I would not be surprised if they do not let him because they say his numbers are inflated because of Coors Field but I can guarantee you that when it comes time to elect players who used doping to inflate their numbers that some will get in.

May. 12, 2017 - 11:42AM

What an awesome list. Thank you for putting this together. I do agree wtih ckrakowski that Todd Helton should be on this list.  Playing at a higher elevation isn't even relevant.  Between 1998-2005 Helton's worst year was when he hit He hit .372 one year and hovered around the .340 -.350 range most of the time. If he could've remained healthy there is no question he would've been a member of the 500 HR club with 3000+ hits and a .330 lifetime batting average.  That would've put him in elite company.  

I like that you included the 1952 Ed Mathews card.  Ed Mathews was such a complete player and he played for the Braves organization in Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. There's something to be said for guys that stick with 1 team their entire career.  I'm an Ed Mathews master set builder and the 1952 is the last piece to the puzzle for me. I'm looking for a EX or better but it's quite expensive....

Awesome writeup.

Dec. 1, 2017 - 8:04PM

Great list here. One guy I would consider would be Trey Mancini. Never a Top 50 prospect, never expected to crack the big leagues, 7th rounder. Wasn’t really until he won the EL batting title until he got attention.

Dec. 4, 2017 - 9:10PM

Thanks for checking out the list.  Sounds like Mancini may have potential, I wasn't familiar with him until now.  I'll have to follow his progress in the upcoming season to see how he does.  This particular list is mostly designed around players who had a full career, and are now retired.  However, I think Mancini could make a different kind of list which has got me thinking....'Young Players with All-Star and/or Hall of Fame Potential.'  That could be interesting..... 

Dec. 10, 2017 - 12:07AM

Mancini finished 3rd in the AL RoY voting this year, behind Judge and Benintendi. He’s a 1B by trade, but played a lot of LF because the Orioles are eating the wasted Chris Davis contract. He hit 3 HR’s in his first 3 MLB games, including one in his debut. I’ll have to make a list of stars that I saw play in the minors.

Dec. 10, 2017 - 10:46AM

That's a good idea, a list like that could help familiarize people with prospects who are now in the big leagues, and have possible star potential.  I'll keep an eye out for your future list.

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