Alex Rodriguez (aka ARod) was born on 7/27/1975 in New York, NY, and was drafted by the Seattle Mariners with the 1st pick of the 1993 MLB Draft. ARod only played for three teams during his MLB career; Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, and the New York Yankees but last a long-lasting impression on the league.
In his first full season (1996) he made an immediate impact jacking 36 homers with 123 RBIs and a mind-boggling .356 batting average… whoa!… he placed 2nd in the MVP race that year. He hit a career-high 57 home runs in 2002 with 142 RBIs and 1.015 OPS.
Unfortunately, he made the unwise decision to use PED’s and confessed: “Yes, I used steroids from a fake Miami doctor…“
Alex Rodriguez Rookie Cards
Let’s take a look at the top-rated A-Rod rookie cards from an investment standpoint.
1994 Alex Rodriguez SP Foil RC #15 (buy on eBay)
One of the more popular Alex Rodriguez RC’s and one the most expensive. The 1994 Alex Rodriguez SP FOIL RC shows a smiling, proud-looking A-Rod that seems to say yes I’m a big deal.
The SP Foil card is numbered #15 and the back reads “A promotional to Jacksonville was 1993 No. 1 Pick Alex Rodriguez’s reward for his phenomenal start to 1994. In 65 games with the class-A Appleton Foxes, the shortstop batted .319, with 14 homers, 55 RBI’s, and 16 stolen bases…”
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This card is usually available on eBay and not hard to find but still a great card for any ARod fanboy.
Please note this is not the Alex Rodriguez rookie card Upper Deck special edition card. Some collectors get this card confused with the special edition.
1994 Alex Rodriguez Leaf Limited Rookie Phenoms RC #10 (buy on eBay)
This card is slightly harder to get vs the Upper Deck card as there were only 3 for sale on eBay at the time of this write-up.
The card is numbered #10 and shows ARod throwing the ball in a blue Seattle Mariners jersey.
1994 SP Holoview Blue Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card #33 (buy on eBay)
This is a gorgeous Arod rookie card and is probably our favorite. The card features Alex walking with his bat and glove with a crazy orange sky behind him.
Numbered #33 the back reads “Seattle’s top selection – and the top selection overall – in the 1993 amateur draft, wunderkind Alex Rodriguez has erased any doubt that the Mariners made a wise choice. At the end of May 1994, the 18-year-olds first professional season, Rodrigues led class-A Appleton in hits, doubles, triples, homers and RBI’s. He also had 10 steals and was named the Midwest player of the week twice.”
1994 Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card Flair #340 (buy on eBay)
A fairly inexpensive ARod rookie card that can sometimes be found on eBay auctions. The card is numbered #340 and shows a picture of Rodriguez before and after hitting a baseball.
His name is printed at the bottom center of the card in cursive with a gold color ink look.
Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card Value
ARod rookie card values should steadily increase over the years (think blue-chip stocks).
For a while there it appeared they would tank but ARod has revitalized his career via broadcasting and dating J-LO (people seem to forget all about him testing positive for PEDS).
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Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card Checklist
- 1994 Alex Rodriguez Collector’s Choice RC #647
- 1994 Flair Rookie Card #340
- 1994 Fleer Update RC #86
- 1994 SP FOIL Rookie Card #15
- 1994 Sportflics Rookie & Traded RC #148
- 1994 Upper Deck RC #24
- 1994 Alex Rodriguez Score R/T Redemption Card #HC1
- 1994 Action Packed Rookie Card #1
Best ARod Baseball Cards (not rookie cards)
2005 Bowman Best Mirror Image Alex Rodriguez and Cal Ripken Jr #d /50
2019 Topps Transcendent Framed Alex Rodriguez Signed AUTO /25
2006 Bowman Draft Alex Rodriguez Justin Upton Dual Autograph /174
2019 Topps Transcendent Green Alex Rodriguez New York Yankees AUTO /15
Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card: Buyers Guide and Investment Outlook
Investment Rating: Buy (3.5 out of 5)
Ownership Disclosure: None
Best Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card: 1994 SP Foil RC #15
Rodriguez truly did have some amazing seasons without PEDs and more than likely would have made the HOF without their help… having said that I guess we will truly never know for sure.
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Were not huge fans of ARod and aren’t too interested in holding too many of his rookie cards but we do feel there is some value to them.
If you are a fan and want to buy 1 or 2 of his rookie cards go ahead and do so as they should have a decent ROI… we just feel there are better ways to spend investment dollars than Alex Rodiguez’s rookie cards... check, please.