Who doesn’t love a Top 10 list? Well, we do! So welcome to Top 10 Tuesday, where every week we will dive into a different Rockies-related topic. These lists will not be scientific. They are 100-percent opinion (a “Mountain Viewpoint” so to speak) and — more importantly — they are 100-percent debatable. We encourage the banter in the comments (keep it respectful), and feel free to offer up some future topic ideas!
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Dig out those dust-covered cardboard boxes in your basement, because it’s time to party like it’s 1989.
In case you haven’t caught wind, the sports card market is flourishing like we haven’t seen since the boom (and bust) of the late 80s and early 90s. Collecting has always been a passion of mine, so now seems like a good time to go through some of the top Rockies baseball cards of all time. As you’ll see, this list heavily favors rookie cards, which have sky-rocketed in value over the past year.
There could easily be 50 cards on this list, but these are my top 10 today.
No. 10: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Russell Wilson
I’ve always thought this card was so cool, for some reason. It always makes me think, “What could have been?” if Russell Wilson had chosen a different career path.
No. 9: 1999 Bowman Chrome Matt Holliday
As I stated, I’ve always had a thing for rookie cards — and Matt Holliday’s is nostalgic and good-looking.
No. 8: 1993 Donruss Diamond Kings David Nied
The Diamond Kings cards from Donruss are iconic if you collected in the 80s and 90s, and this portrayal of the first Rockie — David Nied — was always a favorite.
No. 7: Topps Dynasty Nolan Arenado
Topps Dynasty is a high-dollar set that includes an on-card autograph and a piece of game-used material embedded in the card. This Nolan Arenado, which is just an example of some of favorite cards in this set, can be bought for just $785 on eBay at the moment (it’s not my card, by the way).
No. 6: 2005 Bowman Draft Picks Prospects Chrome Troy Tulowitzki
Bowman has been a mainstay in the industry for players’ “first cards” for a long time now. Troy Tulowitzki’s first from 2005 was deemed a savvy investment at the time.
No. 5: 2016 Topps Update Trevor Story (photo variation)
Photo variations are a somewhat recent innovation in the hobby, and can be quite valuable as they are considered “short prints.” This Trevor Story variation from the 2016 Topps Update set is one of my favorite.
No. 4: 2011 Topps Update Gold
This Charlie Blackmon rookie has seen a major uptick in value over the past year. Maybe it’s the
beard soul patch?
No. 3: 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Nolan Arenado
Once again, Bowman Chrome is king when it comes to Nolan Arenado rookie cards — especially one like this, which is graded a perfect 10 by a professional grading company.
No. 2: 1993 Topps Traded Todd Helton
This Todd Helton rookie may be the most iconic in Rockies history. I had a handful of these back in the day — and even now, graded a 10, will fetch a hefty price tag.
No. 1: 1993 Upper Deck Rockies team card
By no means the most valuable card on this list, but I’ve always loved this card from 1993 (the Rockies’ first season) Upper Deck set. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia speaking, but this card brings me back to my collecting days as a kid and will always be a favorite in my collection.
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What did I miss? Where did I get it wrong? Sound off in the comments!