Sammy Sosa (11/12/68) is a retired right fielder who is best known for being one of the hardest hitters in the game during an era marked by the overuse of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs).
We’ve prepared a checklist for his rookie cards, along with with three popular options and an investment outlook for the future.
Sammy Sosa Rookie Card Checklist
- 1990 Bowman RC #312
- 1990 Donruss RC #489
- 1990 Fleer RC #548
- 1990 Leaf RC #220
- 1990 O-Pee-Chee RC #692
- 1990 Score RC #558
- 1990 Topps RC #692
- 1990 Upper Deck RC #17
Sammy Sosa Top 3 Rookie Cards
1990 Sammy Sosa Leaf RC #220
The most popular card by far, the 1990 Leaf is also the most expensive at auction. The reverse reads;
“Sammy won the White Sox’ starting rightfield job in spring training of 1990. From the White Sox’ standpoint, he was the key player in the big trade with Texas July 29, 1989, that sent longtime Chisox favorite Harold Baines to the Rangers. In 1988, Sammy led the Florida State League in triples and was fifth in runs at Port Charlotte. Sammy was 16 years old when he signed with Texas in 1985.”
1990 Sammy Sosa Score RC #558
Another solid rookie card, the 1990 Score is numbered #558. A gem mint version recently sold for $26.01, so it’s definitely affordable. The backquote has an extensive breakdown of his early career;
“Sammy was one of the most exciting rookies of ‘89. Speedy and aggressive, with a strong, accurate arm, he was at 20 the third-youngest player in the majors. Sammy first showed his wares for the Rangers when he was brought up in mid-June from Double-A Tulsa, where he batted .297. He promptly singled in his first major league at-bat. Sammy’s next stop was Triple-A Vancouver after he was traded to the White Sox organization at the end of July. Pausing just long enough to hit .367 in 13 games, he returned to the majors with the White Sox in late August. This time, Sammy went 3-for-3, with a homer, stolen base and two RBIs, in his debut with the Sox. He seems set for a while”.
1990 Sammy Sosa Topps Rookie Card #692
The 1990 Topps is a key card in the set, while there’s also a rarer Tiffany version. Unlike the others, it has no quote on the back, instead of listing Sosa’s major and minor league batting record. The O-Pee-Chee release from the same year displays the Topps logo but has a bilingual reverse.
Sammy Sosa Investment Outlook
Sosa made it big during the steroid era, and the allegations have affected his rookie card prices in recent times.
He became the fifth player in major league history to hit 600 home runs in 2007, although the New York Times reported that he tested positive for a PED back in 2003.
His card prices fell accordingly, and there’s no sign they’ll start rising anytime soon.