Jered Weaver Rookie Card Guide

Jered Weaver Rookie Card Guide

Jered Weaver came into the league as a highly touted prospect. Drafted with the 12th pick in 2004, Weaver started 19 games for the Angels just a couple of years later. It took him a couple of years to become the dominant pitcher many expected but he has finally arrived. Although prices are starting to rise, collectors should start taking note of Jered Weaver rookie cards before they really take off.

Jered Weaver has six different rookie cards, all from 2005 Topps products. Oddly, between the six cards, there are only three different photos. The pitcher has just one autographed rookie, which is found in 2005 Bowman Chrome Baseball.

Weaver also has cards dating back to 2003. However, as national team cards, they're not considered true rookies. That said, they are a great place to find some early autographs from the ace.

Jered Weaver Rookie Cards

2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Jered Weaver RC #167 Autograph

The 2005 Bowman Chrome Jered Weaver autograph is the pitcher's top rookie. The contest isn't even close. For those who can afford it, this will likely always be the go-to card. It's the only autographed Jered Weaver rookie card. It has additional clout coming from the Bowman Chrome brand. As always, serial-numbered Refractor parallels are also very popular with collectors.

The 2005 Bowman Chrome Jered Weaver autograph rookie has already started to take off. Raw copies were selling for about $60 at the time of the 2012 All-Star Game. Over the next month or so, the card rose to about $80. This is still a lot lower than a lot of other Bowman Chrome autograph rookies. While not quite the investment as in the past, the card still has room to grow.

2005 Bowman Chrome Jered Weaver RC Autograph 212x300 Image

2005 Bowman Heritage Jered Weaver RC #245

Does the picture look familiar? Jered Weaver's 2005 Bowman Heritage rookie card uses the same photo as the one used on both his Bowman Chrome and Bowman Sterling rookies. The vintage-style card is inspired by the classic 1951 Bowman Baseball design. Bowman Heritage is very under appreciated. Although not rare, the cards aren't mass produced either. As far as low-end Jered Weaver rookie bargains go, this is a great pick.

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2005 Bowman Sterling Jered Weaver RC #JWE

Is it just me or does this card bring back memories of the opening credits for Gilligan's Island? Outside of the 2005 Bowman Chrome Jered Weaver, his 2005 Bowman Sterling is his most valuable rookie card. Hailing from a high-end product and available in relatively limited numbers, it's not the easiest card to find. Multiple Refractors add to the chase.

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2005 Bowman's Best Jered Weaver RC #36

The 2005 Bowman's Best Jered Weaver is the only one of his rookies to feature a unique photo. It also has the busiest design. It comes from a largely forgotten set that got lost in the Bowman Chrome shuffle. For those looking for something more high-end but for cheap, this is a good choice, although the look is somewhat dated.

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2005 Topps Updates and Highlights Jered Weaver RC #UH312

Even though they're not high-end by today's standards, there's always something iconic about a flagship Topps rookie card. Jered Weaver's comes from 2005 Topps Updates and Highlights. It's a low-end card that can be picked up very cheap, even with Weaver emerging as one of the game's best pitchers.

2005 Topps Updates and Highlights Jered Weaver RC 212x300 Image

2005 Topps Chrome Updates and Highlights Jered Weaver RC #UH197

2005 Topps Chrome Updates and Highlights was the first time since 2001 that the late-season Topps and Topps Chrome sets were packaged separately. One of the more popular Jered Weaver rookies, Refractor parallels add to the chase. Had Weaver been one of the autograph signers for the set, this card could have challenged the Bowman Chrome rookie.

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2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Mini Sepia #271 Jered Weaver #'d 22 99
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2007 UD Masterpieces Captured on Canvas #JW Jered Weaver Jsy
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Jered Weaver 2012 Bowman Platinum 2 Color Auto graph Jersey Relic # 50 Signed
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2011 Topps Jered Weaver Diamond Die Cut #DDC111 Insert Card BGS 9.5 Angels
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2006 Jered Weaver Salt Lake Bees Minor Leagues SSP RC Los Angeles Angels Star
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2011 Topps 60 Jered Weaver Game Worn Jersey Card T60R-JW Angels
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2010 Upper Deck Double Take Variation #267 Jered Weaver
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2011 Topps Triple Threads #TTUSR-12 Jered Weaver Unity Jersey Relic 5 18
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2013 Topps Finest atomic Refractor JERED WEAVER 2 5
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