3 Best Larry Walker Rookie Cards & Investment Advice

Larry Walker (12/1/166) was signed by the Montreal Expos as an undrafted free agent and was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on 8/16/1989.

Larry Walker Rookie Year Stats: 133 Games | 19 Home Runs | 51 RBI | .241 Batting Average

Walker is one of the great Canadian baseball players as well as a 2020 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee. Walker spent his long and decorated career with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and the St. Louis Cardinals, during which he won one NL MVP award and was the MLB’s batting champion three times. 

Larry Walker was known for his all-around game and smooth batting swing, which he used to hit for excellent average and power. He was known as a player who possessed all five tools and could impact the game in many ways. Walker enjoyed most of his success during his time in Colorado, where he not only was in the prime of his career but got to play in the thin air that the altitude allows. 

There were many different rookie cards made of Walker, but we have limited the list down to the best three. 

 

1990 Larry Walker Upper Deck RC #466

Upper Deck were still the new kid on the block at the time of production for this card, and their premium cards still had collectors everywhere fascinated. This one pictured Walker in his light blue Montreal Expos uniform as he was ready to swipe a base. 

Upper Deck had stepped up the card game by using better materials and having their signature hologram printed on each card. Consumers loved the new product, and some of that love has carried over until today. 

 

1990 Larry Walker Leaf RC #325 

Leaf was another baseball card brand using higher quality materials to make more attractive cards. The 1990 Leaf collection is a favorite among many collectors due to its appealing design and white borders on full-color pictures. 

This Walker card shows him in the dark blue Expos jerseys as he attempts to dash the batter’s box. You can see Walker’s number 33 on his jersey, and the card overall looks nice. 

 

1990 Larry Walker Topps Tiffany RC #757 

While the early 1990s were known as the “Junk Wax” era and many cards were overproduced to the point where they no longer had any value, the 1990 Topps Larry Walker rookie card has a “Tiffany” variation that was produced in lower numbers. 

The “Tiffany” cards were made with a high-gloss finish on the front and on white cardboard stock. 

 

Checklist

  • 1990 Upper Deck RC #466
  • 1990 Topps Traded RC #757
  • 1990 Topps ’89 M.L. Debut #133
  • 1990 Leaf RC #325
  • 1990 Topps Glossy Rookies RC #32
  • 1990 Donruss RC #578
  • 1990 B.B. Cards Magazine #35
  • 1990 Bowman RC #117
  • 1990 Donruss NL Best #91
  • 1990 Score #631
  • 1990 Fleer Canadian #363

 

Larry Walker Rookie Card Value

The value of Larry Walker’s rookie cards had a slight uptick when he was elected to the baseball HOF… his RCs are currently priced about right, with no significant foreseeable price increases or decreases in the future.

If you want our advice on buying a Larry Walker RC, please email us at advice@goldcardauctions.com… cheers!

 

Investment Outlook

Walker was named to the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year in his final year of eligibility. He had to wait 10 years for the accolade, but that only makes the fact that he got in so much sweeter. 

Making the Hall of Fame should enhance Walker’s card values slightly, and investors who held one of these cards should be excited. As a game legend, no collectors should avoid Walker’s cards as he will be remembered positively for many years to come.

We are not rushing to the auctions to make a bid on a Walker RC, but we wouldn’t advise against it either.

Investment Rating: Moderate Buy

Ownership Disclosure: None

Best Larry Walker Rookie Card: 1990 Topps Tiffany #757

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