Felix Hernandez Rookie Card Checklist and Guide

Felix Hernandez Rookie Card Checklist and Guide

For several years, Felix Hernandez has been one of baseball's most dominant pitchers. Despite winning the 2010 American League Cy Young Award, he's also one of the game's most overlooked superstars. Pitching for a Seattle Mariners team that has struggled for years, it's not hard for the lively flamethrower to get lost in the shuffle. That doesn't mean collectors should ignore Felix Hernandez rookie cards.

Signed as a free agent in 2002, "King Felix" debuted with the Mariners in the latter part of the 2005 season. After warming up for a few seasons and showing flashes of greatness, the pitcher broke out in 2009 with a 19-5 record.

Hernandez's 13-12 record in 2010 is very deceptive. Had his teammates given him some run support, his win total would have been much higher. Hernandez led the league with a 2.27 ERA and 249.2 innings pitched. His mound dominance did not go unnoticed and King Felix was recognized with the AL Cy Young Award

Felix Hernandez rookie cards come from 2004. All eight are from Topps products. Other than his autographs in 2004 Bowman Chrome and 2004 Bowman's Best, all can be found at decent prices.

Felix Hernandez Rookie Card Guide

2004 Bowman Felix Hernandez RC #224

Average among Felix Hernandez rookie cards, the black-bordered 2004 Bowman card will always be affordable. It's unfortunate that Hernandez's eyes aren't visible. Even more unfortunate, it's common on lots of his rookies.

2004 Bowman Felix Hernandez RC 212x300 Image

2004 Bowman Chrome Felix Hernandez RC #345 Autograph

The crown jewel of King Felixs, the 2004 Bowman Chrome Felix Hernandez rookie card comes with an on-card autograph. Because Hernandez is the only big-time standout on the 2004 Bowman Chrome autograph list, boxes remain fairly reasonable as well. Collectors will also want to look for several levels of serial-numbered Refractors.

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2004 Bowman's Best Felix Hernandez RC #FH Autograph

The big draw of the 2004 Bowman's Best Felix Hernandez rookie card is the on-card autograph. Priced lower than his Bowman Chrome rookie, it's a great option for collectors looking for something more high-end but with a tighter budget. The card also features one of the more dynamic poses of the pitcher's rookie cards.

2004 Bowmans Best Felix Hernandez RC Autograph 213x300 Image

2004 Bowman Heritage Felix Hernandez RC #342

Inspired by 1955 Bowman Baseball, the 2004 Bowman Heritage Felix Hernandez is the only retro-style rookie. It pictures the pitcher inside an old console TV, something that might be lost on future generations. It's not a bad choice for price-conscientious buyers.

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2004 Bowman Sterling Felix Hernandez RC #FH

2004 Bowman Sterling Baseball is a high-end set focused largely on hits, the base cards can be easily overlooked. It also makes base cards a little tricky to find, include Felix Hernandez. Not surprisingly, the set also has multiple levels of parallels: Refractors (#/199), Black Refractors (#/16) and Red Refractors (1/1).

2004 Bowman Sterling Felix Hernandez RC 208x300 Image

2004 Topps Traded Felix Hernandez RC #T144

As the flagship Topps rookie of Felix Hernandez, this card will likely pop up for years to come simply because of the set it comes from. It's also one of the easiest Felix Hernandez rookie cards to come by.

2004 Topps Traded Felix Hernandez RC 212x300 Image

2004 Topps Chrome Traded Felix Hernandez RC #T144

Packaged with Topps Traded, 2004 Topps Chrome Traded cards have fared well with collectors. They're tougher to find than the flagship set because packs held only a couple of the premium cards. That said, it's still fairly affordable and should be considered a nice mid-range Felix Hernandez rookie.

2004 Topps Chrome Traded Felix Hernandez RC 215x300 Image

2004 Topps Total Felix Hernandez RC #842

Packs of 2004 Topps Total were cheap. But that doesn't make this card easy to come by. The massive set size meant collectors had to open multiple boxes just to build a base set. In recent years, some collectors have started to take note and prices could rise more in the future.

2004 Topps Total Felix Hernandez RC 211x300 Image

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Roy Halladay 2011 Topps Tier One Gold Auto - 10 - Phillies
$78.00
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Felix Hernandez 2005 Ultimate Collection #224 SN 233 275
$7.50
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FELIX HERNANDEZ Mariners 2005 *BLACK* Certified xx 50
$9.95
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2005 TOPPS GALLERY FELIX HERNANDEZ GALLERY PENNANT AUTO AUTOGRAPH MARINERS
$39.99
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2004 Bowman Gold FELIX HERNANDEZ #224 First Year Card
$14.00
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2014 ALLEN GINTER FELIX HERNANDEZ RELIC CARD
$5.00
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Sweet Spot 2008 Felix Hernandez Tigers Justin Verlander Sweet Swatch Duel Parch
$10.00
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MATT CAIN 2002 Justifiable SP 3 Rookie RC Lot (30) Felix Hernandez - same season
$23.39
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2011 TOPPS HOPE DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY BLUE BORDER 60 #530 KING FELIX HERNANDEZ
$12.99
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2012 TOPPS FINEST FELIX HERNANDEZ GOLD REFRACTOR 50 MARINERS
$24.99
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2013 Topps Heritage #447B Felix Hernandez Action SP Mariners B55394
$7.97
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2014 Topps Finest Blue Refractor #57 090 125 Mariners FELIX HERNANDEZ
$5.00
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