Rookie Card Year: 1967
Investment Rating: 9.0
Tom Seaver pitched for four different teams over his 20-year career (New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox). Celebrating his greatest success in New York, he is the only Cooperstown inductee to wear a Mets cap. Between 1967 and 1986, Seaver racked up 311 wins, 3,640 strikeouts, 61 shutouts and a 2.86 earned run average. Named the 1967 National League Rookie of the Year, Seaver was a 14-time All-Star selection and won the coveted Cy Young Award as the league's best pitcher on three occasions. Seaver also led the 1969 Miracle Mets to a World Series Championship. In 1988 the team acknowledged his contributions to the franchise by retiring his jersey number 41.
As a popular member of the 300-Win Club, Seaver's collectibles have held their value. Despite his willingness to sign and frequent participation at collector events, demand remains strong for his items. Single-signed balls, 1969 team-signed balls, and game-used jerseys are just some of the coveted Seaver pieces collectors seek.
Tom Seaver Rookie Cards
Seaver's definitive rookie card is 1967 Topps #581. He's not alone on the card, which is common for cards of the era. Seaver shares his first baseball card with Bill Denehy. The distinct yellow borders make the card easily identifiable. Featuring a full head shot, the young Seaver appears to be focused on the season's task at hand. Subject to print dots, a flaw in the printing process common to the era, this card commands highly respectable dollars in top grade.