Rookie Card Year: 1997
Investment Rating: 8.0
Few will disagree that Roy Halladay is one of baseball's most dominant pitchers. Starting his career in Toronto, he quietly earned a reputation for being a workhorse on the mound. His achievements went largely unnoticed, though, as the Blue Jays aren't the same draw as they were a couple of decades ago.
After years of being the ace in Toronto, "Doc" Halladay was sent to the Phillies in a blockbuster off-season deal in December, 2009. The switch to the National League didn't hurt the pitcher. He went 21-10 with a NL-leading nine complete games and four shutouts on his way to his second Cy Young Award. Halladay also won in 2003 with the Blue Jays.
In May, 2010, Halladay tossed a perfect game against the Marlins. He followed it up with a no-hitter in his first postseason start versus Cincinnati in the opening game of the 2010 National League Division Series.
It has taken Halladay's baseball cards and memorabilia a while to get the recognition it deserves, but the pitcher has finally emerged as one of the hobby's elite. He has just three rookie cards, all from 1997 Bowman-brand products. Halladay's most popular base card is easily his 1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball issue. High-end and autograph collectors will want to consider his 1997 Bowman Baseball autographs, which come in three color variations (blue, black and gold). Halladay also has a 1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad Baseball autograph. However, the card, which is numbered to 5,000 copies, is a minor league issue.
Considering Halladay's credentials, he doesn't have a ton of autographed cards on the market. As a result, they carry more value than similar-caliber players. Other popular pieces of Halladay memorabilia include signed baseballs and jerseys. Philadelphia-related may have more mainstream appeal, but the pitcher was also viewed as a hero in Canada, creating a captive market for Halladay's Toronto collectibles.
Roy Halladay Rookie Cards
Halladay's cheapest rookie card is also the toughest one to keep in mint condition due to its black borders and soft card stock. Shot from the point of view of a batter, the card depicts the pitcher ready to deliver to home plate. The lone parallel is the foil International card.
A chromium take on his regular Bowman card, this is an essential piece of Halladay collection. It's also available in several parallels: Refractors, International and International Refractors.
Somewhat overlooked because of the popularity of 1997 Bowman Chrome, Halladay's 1997 Bowman's Best rookie is another chromium card. The full-body shot is very similar to the photo used on his Bowman card, just a little further along in the motion. The baseball card is paralleled by both a Refractor and an Atomic Refractor.