Called “Eck”, a Dennis Eckersley rookie card is a popular choice for beginner and long-time collectors. The 1976 Topps #98 Dennis Eckersley rookie card with a PSA grade in mint condition sells between $20 and $30 while an autographed card goes for about $100. These cards make great investments for any Eckersley fan. Pay close attention to the condition of these cards before you make a purchase as many tend to have centering problems and corner wear.
While he was a respected starter, his claim to fame was being a dominant closer. Drafted in 1972 out of high school by the Cleveland Indians, he finally made his professional debut in 1975, winning the AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year with a 13-7 record and ERA of 2.60. Although Eckersley threw the 200th no-hitter in 1977, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1978 and while plagued with personal issues, he pitched well but lost speed on his fastball. By 1984, Eckersley was traded to the Chicago Cubs and even with a newly developed slider his postseason game performance was poor. After checking into rehab for a drinking problem, the Oakland Athletics picked him up in 1987, leading to dominance and helping the team win the AL Champion Series and the 1989 World Series. During his peak years 1988 to 1992, he became the only relief pitcher in baseball’s history with more saves than base runners in 1990, also received the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player Awards. Eckersley retired in 1998 with 390 career saves, placing him at number five on the all-time list.
Here is a list of some of the best Dennis Eckersley baseball cards to invest in. Other than the Dennis Eckersley rookie card their are many other cards that are worth buying at their current prices.
Best Dennis Eckersley Baseball Cards
1976 Hostess #137 Dennis Eckersley rookie card
1976 Kellogg's #19 Dennis Eckersley rookie card
1976 SSPC #506 Dennis Eckersley rookie card
1976 Topps #98 Dennis Eckersley rookie card
1977 Dairy Isle Discs #18 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1977 Hostess #106 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1977 Topps #525 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1978 Topps #122 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1979 Hostess #145 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1979 Kellogg's #9 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1979 Topps #40 Dennis Eckersley baseball card
1980 Topps #320 Dennis Eckersley baseball card