Rookie Card Year: 2007
Investment Rating: 7.5
Tim Lincecum is the ace of the San Francisco Giants pitching staff. He signed with the team after the Giants made him their first round selection pick (10th overall) in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. However, that was not Linceum's first time being drafted. In the preceding two years, he had been drafted by the Chicago Cubs (48th round) and the Cleveland Indians (42nd round), each time deciding to return to school and maintain his amateur eligibility. This proved to be a wise decision as his top-ten draft selection warranted a minimum guaranteed contract and made Lincecum a very wealthy young man.
He has at his disposal an amazing arsenal of six pitches that he can consistently throw for strikes: two-seam fastball, slider, change-up, curve, four-seam fast ball and a fork-ball. Despite his slight build at 5'11" and 175 lbs, he throws all of his pitches with good velocity. Already a four-time All-Star, two-time Cy Young Award Winner and World Series Champion, the upside to Lincecum is tremendous. Critics worried about his stamina and the ability to endure the grind of a 162-game season, given his unorthodox delivery and mechanics. Evidently there was nothing to worry about as has amassed an impressive win-loss record and pitching line.
Lincecum's rookie cards were released in 2007. In addition to his cards, Lincecum's autographed items, particularly those related to the 2010 World Series, carry a premium. With two Cy Young Awards to his credit, the sky is the limit for his investment potential. His laid back personality and unique sense of style have also helped make him a hobby favorite. On the fast track to the Hall of Fame, another World Series Championship or Cy Young would almost ensure his induction to the halls of Cooperstown.
Tim Lincecum Rookie Card Checklist
Budget Rookie Cards
Mid-Range Rookie Cards
- 2007 Bowman's Best #93 (autographed)
- 2007 Bowman Sterling #TL (autographed)
- 2007 eTopps #26 (/799)
- 2007 SPx #106 (autographed)
- 2007 Upper Deck Elements #159 (/550)
- 2007 Upper Deck Elements #201 (/550)
- 2007 Upper Deck Elements #243 (/550)
- 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot #138 (autographed)
- 2007 Upper Deck Future Stars #181 (autographed)
Premium Rookie Cards