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Your Turn: Which new rookies will you collect?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new NFL season coming quickly, we’re getting our first glimpses of the latest players in their new threads on the field.

Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater and more newcomers from this year’s draft have taken their first plays against exhibition opponents, giving us our first chances to gauge their cardboard superiority against something concrete. Some might have wowed us, some might not.

For the upcoming second-helping of a Rookies Issue of BSCM this year (the first was just a few months ago), we want to know who you’re collecting for newcomers in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

Tell us which rookies you’re collecting in the comments below … we’ll run a selection of your answers in the upcoming issue.

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.

 

13 Comments

Jason

Bruce Ellington RC WR for the 49ers. He’s gonna be an All Pro wide out in the near future. Would be wize to rock pile on his Rookie card autos while there still reasonable.

Posted August 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

Still waiting for Rookie Cards for Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero. Instead, I’m picking up Rookie Card autographs of Wilfredo Tovar, whose emergency September call-up last year is the only time he’s spent above AA, Juan Centeno, who spent some time in the majors this year after his September call-up but is back down at AA, and Matt den Dekker, who just got called back up for regular playing time. All of that is from Panini, Topps hasn’t had much in Mets RCs beyond a steady stream of Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores since January. Hopefully Topps Chrome will add deGrom and Montero.

Does anyone even care about Rookie Cards in baseball anymore? With the exception of guys like deGrom, who had his first prospect cards in 2014 Bowman because of Bowman’s neglect of the Mets’ farm system until recently, and foreign players (Darvish, Puig, Abreu, Tanaka, etc.), most big rookies have an extensive checklist before they ever get an official Rookie Card. Add to that the differences in Rookie Card checklists that come from what month a player debuts and whether Topps has any interest in them (Matt Harvey debuted in July and only made it into Update and Bowman Sterling, while Zack Wheeler debuted in June and was featured in everything from September to December; Juan Lagares debuted in April and has no Topps Rookie Cards except Update, while Jeurys Familia debuted the previous September and has a full year of Rookie Cards) and it’s hard to get too excited about the RC logo.

Speaking of checklists, are there any plans for a new edition of the alphabetical checklist? The last one is one of my most-used reference books, but it is almost a decade out of date. That’s fine for most retired players, who were largely forced out of the spotlight by the MLBPA, but most active players are barely represented.

Posted August 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink
J.R. Lebert

Really liking what I see from Bishop Sankey so far, so I will definitely look to pick up a nice one or two of his. A few underrated WRs out there in pretty good situations with Jordan Matthews, Donte Moncrief, Cody Latimer, and Davante Adams could be good buys early on, too. On the defensive side, while his draft spot may be a little high, Anthony Barr could be really good in Minnesota, and the Boise State fan in me will be looking hard at Demarcus Lawrence.

Posted August 11, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Permalink
Steve R.

Do you guys still cover football? Don’t seem like it.

Posted August 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
Rick

THE Michigan State University

Posted August 11, 2014 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson and the Arizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown.

Posted August 12, 2014 at 12:22 am | Permalink
Brad

Plain and simple. Kyle Van Noy and Dante Exum.

Posted August 12, 2014 at 10:03 am | Permalink
Mike Little

Kris Bryant is knocking the cover off the ball in Iowa. He is a pretty nice kid in person too.

Posted August 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
DJ

Really excited to start collecting the Toronto Maple Leafs 1st round draft pick William Nylander. For those who don’t know him, he’s the son of longtime NHL’r Michael Nylander. Some have said he could be Patrick Kane 2.0.

Ohh, and for NFL, I gotta get me a couple Sammy Watkins rookies. I’m a huge Bills fans plus have you seen the silky mittens this guy has ! wowzers

Posted August 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
Nick Schroeder

I will be collecting all the new rookies from the university of Pittsburgh as I am a huge pitt football fan that includes aaron donald devin street and tom savage. Also I will collect the pittsburgh steelers rookies as I am a huge steelers fan. Including Ryan shazier and dri archer and martavis bryant. I will also collect the rookie from PSU Allen Robinson as penn state is the college I have been to many times and always enjoyed watching penn state football.

Posted August 12, 2014 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
Stephen Osowski

Baseball: Going to have to go with players on my former hometown ( lovable loser) Phillies. Right now collecting Maikel Franco and a little bit of Jesse Biddle. Looking forward to collecting Phillies draft picks when Bowman Draft and Sterling come out in November and December respectively. Looking forward to some of the 2014 draft picks; Aaron Nola, Matt Imhof and Aaron Brown.
Basketball: Don’t do to much with basketball. May try and pick up a few cards of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jabari Parker, and the Chicago Bulls, Doug McDermott.
Football:Carolina Panthers rookies, in particular Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews, Jadeveon Clowney, Tajh Boyd, Connor Shaw, and Aaron Murray
Hockey: Been collecting a lot of the double class rookies for the Carolina Hurricanes from this year. next year, will probably limit myself to two players only. The Hurricanes pick, Haydn Fleury, and Kasperi Kapanen of the Penguins.
Looking forward to a final four month of 2014 and an exciting 2015 of collecting these rookies!! Happy collecting all!!

Posted August 13, 2014 at 7:55 am | Permalink
Badger

carlos hyde, by 2016 he will be the best back in the nfl. gore should be done by then

Posted August 13, 2014 at 8:36 am | Permalink
Terry Blevins

WILL BE COLLECTING THE FOLLOWING.NFL-CARLOS HYDE,FORMER BUCKEYE WILL START BY MID SEASON AND HIS RUNNING STYLE IS SUITED FOR NFL AND SAMMY WATKINS IS A FLAT OUT STUD AND PROBABLE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. BASEBALL-JAVIER BAEZ IS MEGA STAR IN THE MAKING AND WILL BATTLE FUTURE TEAM MATE KRIS BRYANT AND RANGER JOEY GALLO FOR HR TITLES FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS. BASKETBALL-NICK STASKUS WILL BE SUPRISE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR IN THE NBA. I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST,CHASE ELLIOTT IS A ONCE IN A GENERATION TALENT IN NASCAR!!!!!!! THANKS FOR LOOKING,TERRY B. (GO BUCKS AND BUCKEYE NATION)

Posted August 19, 2014 at 12:04 am | Permalink

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