After being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in January of 2011, prices for Bert Blyleven baseball cards increased, especially autographed cards. Bert developed his mean curve ball on a pitcher’s mound built in the backyard by his father and after being drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1969 out of high school, he would only pitch 21 minor league games before being called up to the majors, followed by being named the Rookie Most Valuable Player of the Year. In 1976, he was traded to the Texas Rangers, achieving a 2.74 career ERA that remains the teams’ best. Unfortunately, giving the bird to a cameraman caused him to be traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1977, which only helped them win the 1979 World Series. He played for the Cleveland Indians but went back to the Minnesota Twins in 1987, helping them win that year’s World Series. In 1989 he played for the California Angels but retired in 1992 after a shoulder injury. However, his official retirement came in 1993 after not making the cut during the Twin’s tryout. Bert is one of the top MLB shutout champions and leaders in career wins, which is why people search eBay and other online resources to find his baseball cards. The 1983 Topps #280 Bert Blyleven baseball card, graded PSA 10 sells for about $20 while the Bert Blyleven 05 Diamond Kings autographed 5/5 Minnesota Twins goes for $40.
The best card to buy is the 1971 Topps Bert Blyleven rookie card. This rookie card is very hard to find in good condition because of the black border that surrounds the card. These cards tend to have major corner wear which makes them very expensive and hard to find in Mint 9 condition or better. Now that Blyleven has been inducted into the Hall of Fame you can expect many of his baseball cards to start rising in value. The most expensive Bert Blyleven card will always be his rookie card but there are many other cards that are worth purchasing. Autograph Bert Blyleven cards make great investments as well. You can find these inserted into packs of Topps and some older packs of Upper Deck. Here is a list of some of the best Bert Blyleven cards of all-time.
Top 10 Bert Blyleven Baseball Cards
1971 Topps #26 Bert Blyleven rookie card
1972 Topps #515 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1973 Kellogg's #35 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1973 Topps #199 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1974 Kellogg's #46 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1974 Topps #98 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1974 Topps Deckle Edge #47 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1975 Hostess #74 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1975 Topps #30 Bert Blyleven baseball card
1975 Topps Mini #30 Bert Blyleven baseball card