Collecting Tips: Rookie Cards
When card shows materialized in the early 1970s, no distinction was given to stars, much less rookie cards. Generally, a 1960 Topps card sold for five or ten cents, regardless of whether the player was Willie McCovey or Willie Tasby. When dealers discovered that the demand for the star cards far outstripped their availability, they attached higher prices to them. Years later, that same phenomenon began to occur with the first year cards of key players. These "rookie cards" – which can now find homes in their own printed "rookie" card rigid top loaders – are an appealing collectible for many. Prices are invariably higher for both first and second year cards of most star players.
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