Yankees Rookies Project - NEW EXTENDED GROUP SHOT
I am working on a PSA Set Registry user created set called ‘NY Yankees Retired Numbers Rookies.’ It’s really fun and features some really beautiful and iconic cards. While I am curious if anyone else is chasing this fun mini set, it got me to thinking; but before I get sidetracked, the cards are:
1933 Goudey - Bill Dickey (4), Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig
1939 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio
1940 Play Ball Casey Stengel
1948 Bowman - Yogi Berra (3.5), Phil Rizzuto (raw)
1951 Bowman Whitey Ford
1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle
1952 Topps Billy Martin (5.5)
1955 Bowman Elston Howard (7)
1958 Topps Roger Maris (7)
1962 Topps Joe Torre
1969 Topps Reggie Jackson
1970 Topps Yankees Rookies (Thurman Munson) (6)
1976 Topps Ron Guidry (9)
1984 Topps Don Mattingly (10)
1990 Topps Bernie Williams (10)
1992 Bowman Mariano Rivera (10)
1993 Bowman Andy Pettitte (10)
1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter (8)
1994 Bowman Jorge Posada (10)
The ones that I have already have the PSA grade (or condition) listed at the end. I mention that mostly so you can tell that I almost assuredly will never have the Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Ford or Mantle in high grade (or at all - Maybe DiMagg and Ford) but I’d like to try to do the rest in higher grade - maybe 6’s or better?.
But also, because it got me thinking: what is the true rookie card for each player listed?
For example, the 1940 Play Ball Stengel seems so arbitrary. I thought a ‘tobacco card’ from his rookie year as a player like Joe Torre’s - be consistent. And if not, even the earliest Bowman where he’s pictured in uniform as their manager (1951?) than some card with the Boston Bees.
Anyway - I’d love to hear from anyone.
I’ll get some pics up tomorrow morning. Too much trick or treating.
Curious about the rare, mysterious and beautiful 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos?