Rookie Card Upgrade 6: 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez
For the longest time I considered myself lucky to own a BGS 8 copy of the 1994 SP Alex Rodriguez.
It’s probably hard to remember now just how hot this card was in this hobby, but believe me, once grades get above an 8, things got pretty expensive.
So when I scored an 8 on a copy I submitted to Beckett Grading about a half decade ago I was pretty happy.
Well, we know that A-Rod’s legacy has taken a major hit a few times since then and the value of his SP rookie has plummeted. And even with his resurgence this year, mint copies are now fairly affordable.
A few weeks ago while writing my column for Beckett Baseball, the one on stands now, I considered whether or not it was time for me to seek a rock solid mint copy of this iconic rookie for my collection.
After moving a few extra pieces in my collection I found a nice copy to replace my BGS 8. Even with his checkered history, this is still a must-own card for rookie card collectors.