Jose Canseco Rookie Card – Top 3 Cards and Investment Guide


Jose Canseco Rookie Card

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Jose Canseco was drafted in the 15th round in the 1982 MLB June Amateur Draft by the Oakland A’s… talk about a value pick.

Jose played 17 years in the MLB and amassed a mind-boggling 462 home runs… many collectors forget just how could of player Canseco was as his stats are often overshadowed by his admitted steroid use (and rating out other players for their use).

He truly had some mind-blowing seasons… in 1988 Canseco won the league MVP, batted .307, had 42 homers, and 40 stolen bags!… Jose Canseco in the 1988 RBI Nintendo Game was a beast and could be compared to Bo Jackson in Tecmo Bowl in terms of unstoppable video game athletes of all time.

Speaking of Bo: Check out the top-rated Bo Jackson Rookie Cards

Then in 1991, he put up similar mind-blowing stats hitting a personal best 44 homers to go along with 122 RBIs and 26 swipes!

Unfortunately, Canseco Hall of Fame talent was overshadowed by his admittance steroid use and calling out other big-name players in the league for their use.

In 2005 he published “Juiced: Wild Times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits & How Baseball Got Big” in which he actually takes credit for introducing steroids to Mark McGwire, Juan Gonzalez, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodríguez, and Jason Giambi… not a smart move Jose.

We have a love-hate relationship with Jose Canseco… on one hand, we have mad respect for a player who could hit 40 homers and steal 40 bags in one season… but on the other hand, he could never keep his mouth shut and always has a need to be in the spotlight (for good or bad reasons).

Best Jose Canseco Rookie Cards

Let’s take a look at the best Canseco rookie cards for investment purposes.


1986 Jose Canseco Donruss Rated Rookie Card #39 (buy on eBay)

Jose Canseco Rookie Card

This is one of the more recognizable and better-looking cards of the 1980s.

Numbered #39 the card shows a close-up yearbook style photo of Jose with a sly little grin on his face with the classic “Rated Rookie” graphic in the bottom left-hand corner… we love that Rated Rookie graphic… always have always will!

A great high-end Canseco rookie card with the potential to earn a delicious ROI.

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1986 Jose Canseco Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie Card #20T (buy on eBay)

Jose Canseco Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie Card

We are a huge fan of this old school Jose Canseco Topps Tiffany rookie card… on a side note, Topps should 100% consider bringing back the Tiffany card!

Numbered #20T the card features a rather smug ass looking Canseco with the bat hung over his right shoulder… it almost seems as if he was doing roids at the time this photo was snapped but most likely not.

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1986 Jose Canseco Donruss Highlights Rookie Card #55 (buy on eBay)

Jose Canseco donruss rookie card

Were not a huge fan of the Canseco Donruss Highlights rookie card but it might not be a bad idea for those looking to spend a minimum amount of money and still have Canseco in their portfolio.

Numbered #55 the card shows Canseco with the bat slung over his right shoulder with another smug ass grin on his face…. classic Canseco.


Jose Canseco Rookie Card Value

On average the highest valued Jose Canseco rookie card is going to be the 1986 Donruss Rated Rookie Card at a PSA 10 or BGS 9.5 grade.

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Jose Canseco Rookie Card Checklist

  • 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies RC Rookie #1
  • 1986 Donruss The Rookies #22
  • 1986 Donruss Highlights #55
  • 1986 Topps Traded Tiffany Rookie Card #20T
  • 1986 Fleer Rookie Card #649
  • 1986 Donruss Rookie Card #39


Investment Outlook

As we stated earlier in this write up we have a love-hate relations ship with Jose.

If he could have just kept his head down and kept his mouth under lock and key things could have turned out much different for him.

We don’t blame him or any other player who used roids at the time as just about every major power hitter in the game was on them… what we don’t respect is him running his mouth about it… but in part that adds to the mystique of his baseball cards and himself as a person.

Jose Canseco rookie cards are a pretty good buy as this guy has some reach outside the game itself… for example, my wife knows who he is… he also has a very, VERY good looking daughter that keeps the last name in the news from time to time.

Were not loading up on Canseco rookie cards but will eventually by a few… we will target the Topps Traded and Donruss Rated Rookie cards as we feel those have the best ROI potential.

Investment Rating: Moderate Buy

Ownership Disclosure: None but looking for Rated Rookie and Tiffany


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