#10 1952 Topps Micky Mantle
One of the Greatest Yankees of all-time, Mickey Mantle represents a golden age for baseball. His rookie card is currently being sold for 39,999$ on Ebay. The 1952 Topps Mantle rookie card is one of the most famous baseball cards ever. 3 times an MVP and a Triple Crown Winner in 1956 Mantle represents the standard excellence set within the Yankee organization.
#9 1985 O-Pee-Cee Mario Lemeiux
No disrespect to Sidney Crosby but Mario Lemieux is the greatest Pittsburgh Penguin of all-time. He is also one of the greatest hockey players of all-time. He had one of the greatest seasons in NHL history during the 1988-89 season when he collected a gaudy 199 Points (85 Goals,114 Assists). He & Jaromir Jagr brought back to back Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh. #66 is Iconic because of Marion and that will never change.
#8 1961 Fleer Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson is arguably the greatest players to ever play in the NBA. During the 1961-62 season he did something that will likely never happen again when he averaged a triple-double for the Cincinnati Royals. Robertson at 6’5 was really the 1st point guard at that height who brought versatility to the position.
#7 2003 Topps Lebron James
Looking at the image in the card above is probably very painful for Cavaliers fans but regardless Lebron James is still a 2-time champion. Coming off back to back titles with the Miami Heat, Lebron James is still writing his history right now as we speak.
#6 1939 Play Ball Ted Williams
Ted Williams is best player to ever put on a uniform for the Red Sox in my opinion. One of the most complete hitters in baseball history Williams could hit for average, power and was disciplined. He was the last player to hit for 400. Batting average or better.
#5 1979-80 O-Pee-Cee Wayne Gretzky
Wayne Gretzky is the most iconic player in hockey history. People who don’t know a lick about hockey know who he is and for great reason . He led the league in points 11 times and like Michael Jordan was head and shoulders above everybody else.
#4 1957 Topps Bill Russell
They never tracked blocks or awarded defensive player of the year back in the 1950’s or 60’s but if they did I would venture to say that Bill Russell would have a lot of both. They did track championship rings back then and Russell collected 11 forging his identity as basketball’s greatest winner.
#3 1986 Fleer Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan, do I need to even say anything else?
#2 1951 Bowman Willie Mays
Willie Mays is one of the only true 5 tool players in baseball history. He is arguably the most well rounded ball player in the history of baseball. Mays like Ken Griffey Jr is one of those once a generation type ballplayers.
#1 1966 Topps Bobby Orr
This card is to nice to even be called a card, it looks more like a painting. Bobby Orr is the gold standard for defenseman winning 8 Norris Trophy awards. His rookie card is on sale for a price of 250,000$.
Hope you guys enjoyed the “Great Rookie Cards” series. If you have any suggestions on upcoming sports memorabilia posts feel free to leave me a comment.