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There is no shortage of Max Scherzer rookie cards, as he was a first-round pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks.


Read on to learn which are your best bets when investing your hard-earned money. “Mad” Max Scherzer (7/27/1984) was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 43rd round of the 2003 MLB June Amateur Draft and the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 11th pick in the 1st round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft.

His first few years in the league were meh… but boy, did he take off in 2012 with the Detroit Tigers! He went 16-7 with a mind-blowing 231 strikeouts and posted a solid 3.74 ERA. The following year (2013), he won the AL Cy Young, and the value of Max Scherzer’s rookie cards exploded.

Best Cards


2008 Max Scherzer Topps Update & Highlights Rookie Card #UH280 


The Max Scherzer Topps Update rookie card is a great investment option for those who want to toss some coin at Mad Max rookie cards.

Numbered #UH280, the card shows Scherzer posing in front of a boring brick wall (?) with a face that screams “pass me the chronic”… not the best-looking photo but not the worst either.

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This card is trendy at high grades on eBay and will fetch double-digit bids if auctioned off… this is a mid-range value Mad Max rookie card (high-end for gold and black parallels).

2008 Topps Update Parallels: Gold /2008, Black /57, Printing Plates /1, Platinum /1


2008 Max Scherzer SPx Rookie Card Autograph #150


The Scherzer SPx rookie card is ideal for investors looking to spend a little more to acquire a rare Mad Max rookie card. Numbered #150, the card shows Max in the midst of throwing the baseball down the pipe for a called strike 3.

Produced by Upper Deck, the 2008 Max Scherzer SPx rookie card is a solid buy and is considered a mid-range to high-end rookie card in terms of value.


2008 Max Scherzer Bowman Draft Rookie Card #BDP33 


Here is a Scherzer rookie card for the hobbyist with a smaller bankroll, as the card at high grades (i.e., PSA 10/BGS 9.5) will be under $100.

Numbered #BDP33, the card shows Max unloading on a batter… his face seems to say, “strike 3 mothers…” well, you get the idea. The 2008 Max Scherzer Bowman rookie card is considered a low-cost value play.

2008 Bowman Draft Base Parrelles: Sky Blue (/499), Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), hobby jumbo-only Orange (/25), Red (/5), Printing Plates (1/1) and Black (1/1)… Refractors Parrelles: Sky Blue, Sparkles, Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5), Printing Plates (1/1), and Superfractors (1/1)


Max Scherzer Rookie Card Values

  1. 2008 Stadium Club MAX SCHERZER On Card Rookie Auto #1/1
  2. 2008 Topps Update BLACK Max Scherzer Rookie Card #UH280
  3. 2008 Max Scherzer SPx Rookie Card Autograph #150

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Investment Outlook

Mad Max ranks right up there with Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw in terms of best pitchers in the last 10 years. What helped Scherzer was finally winning a world series ring in 2019, as up until then, he had been limited in playoff success.

As Scherzer fades into the twilight of his career, his numbers will get less shiny, and people may forget just how good he was… but he will always be one of the best pitchers of his generation. We like the Topps Update Scherzer rookie card as a long-term investment.

Investment Rating: Solid Long-Term Buy

Ownership Disclaimer: We own 1 2008 Max Scherzer Topps Update rookie card (PSA 10)

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