2) 2014 Topps Update Jacob deGrom #US50
The number two card on the list is Jacob deGrom’s 2014 Topps Update Rookie Card. Typically pitchers do not have the same value that hitters do because everyone loves the home run and the power hitters possess.
However, there are certain pitchers that have value like hitters do. Pitchers that are all-time greats like Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, and Jacob deGrom.
Since deGrom cut his hair after the 2017 season he has been the best pitcher in baseball by far, winning back-to-back CY Young awards and could win a third consecutive in a shortened 2020 season.
deGrom for his career has a 2.62 ERA which is second among active pitchers behind only Kershaw.
The mind-blowing part about Jacob deGrom is that he is still so underrated throughout Major League Baseball by fans and the media. Too many times the question is posed, “Who is better deGrom or Cole?” and that is just a silly question.
The fact that deGrom with his numbers and body of work is compared to Gerrit Cole, who is still a good pitcher in his own right, is just silly.
deGrom being underrated is good for his rookie card because it means that the more he accomplishes throughout his career, the more people realize they are watching greatness just like with Kershaw, the more his card value will go up.
In addition, deGrom is a long hold because with the numbers and accolades he has amassed thus far through seven years in the major leagues he is on track to be a Hall of Famer if not a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
If deGrom were to be inducted into Cooperstown, the value of his rookie card would go up dramatically. It would be the top honor any baseball player can get, and it would cement his legacy and one of the best to ever do it.