Fernando Valenzuela Rookie Card

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For serious collectors, no collection would be complete without a Fernando Valenzuela rookie card. An autographed 1981 Fleer Rookie Card, graded PSA 10 sells between $110 and $125 while an autographed 1981 Topps Fernando Valenzuela rookie card, also graded PSA 10 goes for about $130. Fernando Valenzuela baseball cards have always been popular with Dodgers fans. Autograph Valenzuela cards are more popular than ever especially if they are in high grade condition. This Mexico born pitcher began professionally at 17 in 1978 while playing with the Mexican Central League. He had several Major League Baseball teams interested in him but in 1979, he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, playing in the minors and being named the team’s number one rookie. After being called to the bullpen in 1980, he helped the Dodgers tie in the Western Division playoffs although the Houston Astros won. Becoming a baseball icon, “Fernandomania” was developed. A few accomplishments include being the only player in MLB’s history to win the Cy Young Award, Silver Slugger Award, Rookie of the Year Award, and World Series championship within a single season. In 1986, he played in the All-Star game and after striking out five AL batters in a row, broke an earlier record set in 1934. After his performance started to decline, Valenzuela bounced back and forth between several MLB and Mexican teams but in 1996 after going to the San Diego Padres, he had an incredible year, followed by retirement the next year. Although he played with the Mexican Pacific Coast League at age 44 until 2006, he finally retired for good. In 2003, he was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame and in 2005 his Dodger 34 jersey was retired. With outstanding performance for the US and Mexico buying a Fernando Valenzuela rookie card on eBay or another online site is a real treasure.

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