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Beckett 20 Questions on … Rookie Cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s no secret to many of those who buy, sell and collect that there’s one type of card that will outsell all the others no matter what happens to a player during or after his career.

It’s the Rookie Card.

We’ll take a look at RCs in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and, as part of that package, we want your take on some of the issues, trivia and more that entails Rookie Cards and collecting. Here are our latest 20 Questions …

1. Which major sport has the best Rookie Cards?

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See the rest of the questions … after the jump.

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2. Which rookie subset label do you prefer most?

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3. Which Rookie Card would you want to own first?

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4. Do you feel that insert cards from a player's Rookie Card year should also be tagged as RCs?

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5. Which one NFL rookie are you watching closest this year?

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6. Which NBA rookies will you watch closest next season? (pick your top five)

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7. Do you feel a double rookie class will be a hit in the NHL this year?

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8. Do you feel double Rookie Card classes have been successful in the past?

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9. Do you collect MLB Rookie Cards or first prospect cards more?

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10. Which player shares Ron Cey's Rookie Card?

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11. In what set does Gale Sayers' only Rookie Card appear?

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12. Does Wahoo McDaniel have a Rookie Card?

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13. Do you collect MLB Rookie Cards more or less now after the 2006 RC logo implementation?

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14. True or false: Danny Ainge has a Topps Rookie Card.

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15. True or False: There are athletes who appear on sports cards who do not have Rookie Cards.

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16. Is this Don Cherry a Rookie Card?

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17. Would you call this a Rookie Card?

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18. Would you consider this Tiger Woods card to be a Rookie Card?

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19. On a scale of 1-10 how important would you say the Rookie Card is for the hobby?

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20. Do you heavily collect all of the non-Bowman baseball prospect (non-RC) sets?

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Have something to say? Leave it in the comments below …

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

8 Comments

I would love a questions about auto/relic rookies versus regular non-hit autos

Posted August 13, 2013 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

woops, I meant non-hit rookies

Posted August 13, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
Steve Dolgosh

I have enjoyed collecting again after a long break for the awesome autographed and jersey chase cards.I love those inserts and because of it IM BACK BABY!!!

Posted August 13, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
Mark

Phony rookie card mania is ruining football cards. It will be easy to stay away this year other than base Topps and a few select sets.

Posted August 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Permalink
kstjst

even though i did the survey, i still consider a rookie card whatever anyone truly wants it to be, call it rc, xrc, first prospect, first card, whatever…collect what you want to collect.

Posted August 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink
backupgoalie

to add to the question that talked about the importance of a good rookie class, the lack of good rookies in football has really impacted my buying. i usually collect football last out of the main 4, but its waaaaay down there now…. it is a complete 180 when it comes to rcs in football (this yr compared to last yr). for me, i buy hockey no matter what, but the other main 3 are totally impacted by the rookie class.

Posted August 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
Bryant

Truthfully, these card company’s are going overboard with mass production of rookie cards. I love the autograph refractors,but why not slow it down with the millions of base cards.its ruining the price.also I have been away from collecting for many years,I started in 1985 I was 7 years old,still have Michael Jordan rookies Jose cansaco rated rookie cards ken Griffey jr. Bo Jackson, I really miss those days where the market was not flooded with garbage.i wish someone would do away with press pass also. I also am wondering what is going on with the defensive players? Why so cheap? It’s rediculous the amount of people who only want the great qb’s or the guy who puts it over the fence. Where are the barkeveous Mingos &t.j. Graham’s Dennis Romans fair pricing. I know t.j. Graham is not a defensive player but he is gonna be amazing. Also why is warren sapp’s cards so low? He was awesome, and recently made the hall of fame. Sorry for going on but in all seriousness. I am happy for the most part of the way things have been going lately with football cards and baseball cards.

Posted August 14, 2013 at 1:02 am | Permalink

Bryant

The time period you mention was the start of the over production era. There were more cards printed in the ’80s and early ’90s than are printed now. I would say it’s not even close.

I would agree that there is too much now as far as viariaty though. It can weater down the impact of a guy when he has 100 different rookies.

Posted August 14, 2013 at 9:44 am | Permalink

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