I have been collecting Joe Mauer rookies for a while now. Even though his rookie card year was 2002, I didn’t start picking up his rookies until around 2013. This was due to not collecting baseball during the early to late 2000’s. Some recent card organizing gave me the urge to show off the collection.
2002 seemed to be a condition sensitive year for Topps. It’s been a problem finding cards from that year without a edge, corner, or centering issues. I have yet to find a decent 2002 Topps Chrome Joe Mauer rookie.
Here are his raw rookies that I have picked up over the last few years.
I have been finding graded Joe Mauer rookies on eBay for $15 or less. I am not the biggest fan of grading (especially with the recent scandals), but I have been happy with the results. I haven’t questioned any of the grades on my purchases.
The following rookies I was able to get for $15 or less except for the Chrome refractor.
I picked up the gold refractor for $30 on eBay, which is what I would have paid for the raw version.
As the collection grows, I may have to move away from graded cards as the more rare rookies will command a higher price. At that point I will be able to live with some flaws.