Justin Verlander Rookie Card Rankings and Countdown

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If you’re looking for a Justin Verlander Rookie Card, you’ve got lots to choose from — like more than 40 of them. He made his hobby debut at a time when four companies had MLB licenses — Topps, Upper Deck, Donruss/Playoff and Fleer. So not only does that mean a lot of choices, but each company has their own sort of niche.

Despite a Hall of Fame résumé that’s bringing with it some major career milestones of late, you don’t have to spend a lot to get most of Verlander’s Rookie Cards. The majority are regular cards and not autographs or numbered short prints. Those exist, but you can put together an extensive collection and still avoid them.

The autograph Justin Verlander Rookie Card lineup consists of 15 cards and are spread across all four companies.

In most instances, it takes a lot for a pitcher to pop in the hobby. Most play just once or twice a week. Many get injured. And even for those who stay healthy, there’s usually a small window of dominance. While Verlander has had his ups and downs, he is easily one of the best of his generation. Not only did he win the 2011 American League Cy Young Award, he took home the MVP Award as well, something pitchers rarely do.

The 2017 World Series Champion is on the backend of his career. Still, he remains among the best starters in baseball. What you’re likely to start hearing more of as things wind down are his career numbers and debates about where he stands among the greats. With that in mind, he’s no longer a “risk” when it comes to baseball cards. His place in history is set.

New Rules, Not New Rookie Cards

As if 45 RCs wasn’t enough to digest, there’s another layer to consider with Justin Verlander Rookie Cards. Starting in 2006, the MLBPA and MLB went to a more strict definition for what they considered to be a Rookie Card. Specifically it went by debut. In the process, it introduced when they see as their current standard, complete with Rookie Card badges.

By making his debut in July, 2005, that made Verlander “eligible” for the new MLBPA rookie rules. So, many of his 2006 cards have that new designation logo. But these aren’t considered RCs in the traditional sense. Verlander has plenty of 2005 base cards that are considered his Rookies.

Verlander isn’t alone with this logo crossover confusion. The first few years of these new rules meant a lot of transition. Before these rules were put into place, draft picks and prospects could make their way into base sets and be RCs. So those that did prior to the change often have a year where their actual RCs and the logo don’t match up.

In short, Justin Verlander Rookie Cards are all 2005 cards, not 2006.

2006 Topps Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander Rookie Card Countdown


45. 2005 Topps Total Justin Verlander/Humberto Sanchez RC #762

Parallels: Silver, Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Black Back (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan Back (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta Back (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow Back (1/1)

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44. 2005 Bowman Heritage Justin Verlander Rookie Card #220

Parallels: Mahogany, Mini, Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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43. 2005 Donruss Team Heroes Justin Verlander Rookie Card #371

Parallels: Showdown Blue, Showdown Red, Showdown Bronze (/100), Showdown Silver (/50), Showdown Gold (/10), Autographs (5 copies)

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42. 2005 Throwback Threads Justin Verlander Rookie Card #213

Parallels: Green Century Proof, Blue Century Proof (/150), Gold Century Proof (/100), Signature Marks (/50), Platinum Blue Century Proof (/10)

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41. 2005 Studio Justin Verlander Rookie Card #114

Parallels: Proofs Silver (/100), Private Signings Gold (/50), Proofs Gold (/25), Private Signings Platinum (/10), Proofs Platinum (/10)

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40. 2005 Bowman Justin Verlander Rookie Card #174

Parallels: 1st Edition, Gold, White (/240), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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2005 Bowman Justin Verlander Rookie Card




39. 2005 Donruss Champions Justin Verlander Rookie Card #381

Parallels: Impressions, Impressions Red (/250), Impressions Blue (/100), Impressions Orange (/75), Impressions Gold (/50), Impressions Green (/25), Impressions Autographs (12 copies), Impressions Black (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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38. 2005 Diamond Kings Justin Verlander Rookie Card #265

Parallels: Challenge, Framed Red, Bronze (/100), Framed Blue (/100), Framed Green (/50), Silver (/50) ,Framed Black (/25), Gold (/25), Non-Canvas (20 copies), Hawaii (/10), Framed Black Platinum (1/1), Framed Blue Platinum (1/1), Framed Green Platinum (1/1), Framed Red Platinum (1/1), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Signature Black (1/1)

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37. 2005 Zenith Justin Verlander Rookie Card #213

Parallels: Artist’s Proof Silver, Museum Collection, Z-Gold, Z-Silver, Artist’s Proof Gold (/50)

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36. 2005 Sweet Spot Justin Verlander Rookie Card #59

Parallels: Gold (/599), Platinum (/99), Plutonium (1/1)

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35. 2005 Upper Deck Pro Sigs Justin Verlander Rookie Card #105

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2005 Upper Deck Pro Sigs Justin Verlander Rookie Card




34. 2005 Upper Deck Justin Verlander Rookie Card #430

Parallels: Blue (/150), Gold (/99), Emerald (/25), Platinum (/5)

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2005 Upper Deck Justin Verlander Rookie Card




33. 2005 Topps Turkey Red Justin Verlander Rookie Card #272

Parallels: Red, White, Black (142 copies), Gold (/50), Suede (1/1)

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32. 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Justin Verlander Rookie Card #100

Parallels: Black, Blue, Red, Retail, Spectrum Silver (/100), Spectrum Gold (/10), Autograph Spectrum Platinum (1/1), Spectrum Platinum (1/1)

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31. 2005 Origins Old Judge Justin Verlander Rookie Card #241

Parallels: Red (/99), Blue (/50), Gold (/20), Black (1/1)

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30. 2005 Playoff Prestige Justin Verlander Rookie Card #151

Parallels: Playoff Champions AL Central, Playoff Champions AL Champs, Playoff Champions AL East, Playoff Champions AL West, Playoff Champions AL Wild Card, Playoff Champions NL Central, Playoff Champions NL Champs, Playoff Champions NL East, Playoff Champions NL West, Playoff Champions NL Wild Card, Playoff Champions World Series, Xtra Bases Red (/150), Xtra Bases Purple (/100), Xtra Bases Green (/50), Red Foil (/25), Xtra Bases Black (/25)

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29. 2005 Artifacts Justin Verlander RC #237 /799

Parallels: Rainbow Blue (/100), Rainbow Red (/50), Rainbow Gold (/25), Rainbow Platinum (1/1)

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28. 2005 Origins Justin Verlander RC #241

Parallels: Red (/99), Blue (/50), Gold (/20), Black (1/1)

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27. 2005 Reflections Justin Verlander RC #241

Parallels: Purple (/99), Red (/99), Blue (/75), Turquoise (/50), Emerald (/25), Platinum (1/1)

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26. 2005 Topps Pristine Justin Verlander RC #101

Parallels: Uncirculated Bronze (/375), Die Cut Red (/66), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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25. 2005 Upper Deck Trilogy Justin Verlander RC #57

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24. 2005 UD Portraits Justin Verlander RC #84

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23. 2005 Classic Clippings Justin Verlander RC #125

Parallels: First Edition (/150), Final Edition (1/1)

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22. 2005 Timeless Treasures Justin Verlander RC #59 /799

Parallels: Bronze (/100), Signatures Bronze (/100), Silver (/50), Signatures Silver (/50), Gold (/25), Signatures Gold (/25), Platinum (1/1), Signatures Platinum (1/1)

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21. 2005 Flair Justin Verlander RC #68 /699

Parallels: Row 1 (/100), Row 2 (1/1)

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20. 2005 Fleer Patchworks Justin Verlander RC #75 /499

Parallels: Gold (/99), Masterpiece (1/1)

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19. 2005 SkyBox Autographics Justin Verlander RC #115 /750

Parallels: Insignia (/150), Royal Insignia (/25)

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18. 2005 Topps Justin Verlander RC #677

Parallels: 1st Edition, Gold (/2005), Black (/54), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2005 Topps Justin Verlander Rookie Card




17. 2005 Fleer Platinum Justin Verlander RC #105 /1000

Parallels: Finish (/199), Extreme (/20)

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16. 2005 National Pastime Justin Verlander RC #69 /699

Parallels: Red Foil (/150), Blue Foil (1/1)

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15. 2005 Leaf Certified Materials Justin Verlander RC Autograph #221 /299

Parallels: Mirror White, Mirror Red (/100), Mirror Autograph Red (/50), Mirror Blue (/50), Mirror Autograph White (/49), Mirror Autograph Blue (/25), Mirror Gold (/25), Mirror Autograph Gold (/10), Mirror Autograph Emerald (/5), Mirror Emerald (/5), Mirror Autograph Black (1/1), Mirror Black (1/1)

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2005 Leaf Certified Materials Justin Verlander Rookie Card Autograph




14. 2005 Donruss Signature Justin Verlander RC Autograph #157 with Jeff Niemann, Phil Humber

Print run: 800 copies.

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13. 2005 Donruss Classics Justin Verlander RC Autograph #201 /400

Parallels: Timeless Tributes Silver (/100), Timeless Tributes Gold (/50), Significant Signatures Silver (/25), Significant Signatures Gold (/10), Significant Signatures Platinum (1/1), Timeless Tributes Platinum (1/1)

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12. 2005 Donruss Elite Justin Verlander RC Autograph #176 /500

Parallels: Turn of the Century (/500), Status (/59), Aspirations (/41), Status Gold (/24)

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2005 Donruss Elite Justin Verlander Rookie Card




11. 2005 Bowman’s Best Justin Verlander RC Autograph #102 /974

Parallels: Green (/399), Blue (/299), Red (/199), Silver (/99), Gold (/25), Black (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2005 Bowmans Best Justin Verlander Rookie Card




10. 2005 Fleer Authentix Justin Verlander RC Autograph #120 /250

Parallels: General Admission (/100), Mezzanine (/75), Club Box (/50), Standing Room Only (/10)

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9. 2005 Bowman Sterling Justin Verlander RC Auto Mem #JV

Parallels: Refractors (/199), Black Refractors (/25), MLB Logo Patch (1/1), Red Refractors (1/1)

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8. 2005 Leaf Limited Justin Verlander RC Autograph #203 /70

Parallels: Phenoms 99 (/99, no autograph), Gold Spotlight (/25), Platinum Spotlight (1/1)

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2005 Leaf Limited Justin Verlander RC Autograph




7. 2005 SPx Justin Verlander RC Autograph #135 /185

Parallels: Silver (/10)

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2005 SPx Justin Verlander RC Autograph




6. 2005 Topps Chrome Justin Verlander RC Autograph #242

Print run: 1,770 copies

Parallels: Refractors (/500), Black Refractors (/200), Red X-fractors (/25), Gold Superfractors (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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5. 2005 SP Authentic Justin Verlander RC Autograph #137 /185

Parallels: Gold (/10)

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4. 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Signature Justin Verlander RC Autograph #145 /125

Parallels: Platinum (1/1)

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3. 2005 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Justin Verlander RC Autograph #239 /99

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2005 Ultimate Collection Justin Verlander RC




2. 2005 Bowman Chrome Justin Verlander RC Autograph #331

Parallels: Refractors (/500), X-fractors (/225), Blue Refractors (/150), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2005 Bowman Chrome Justin Verlander RC Autograph




1. 2005 Upper Deck Update Justin Verlander Rookie Card Autograph #180 /75

Parallels: Silver (/25), Gold (/10), Platinum (1/1)

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2005 Upper Deck Update Justin Verlander Rookie Card


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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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