Below are the 6 best baseball cards featuring Alex Rodriguez under $200 in PSA 10 condition. A couple of high-end ones, and a few extra memorabilia items.
Rodriguez is one of the best offensive MLB players of all time in the modern baseball era.
Over a career that spanned more than 2 decades, Rodriguez hit 696 home runs and drove in 2,086 RBIs, good for 5th and 4th most all-time in MLB history respectively.
He was a 3-time AL MVP and finished in the top 10 of MVP voting 7 other times during his career. Unfortunately, steroid use has severely tainted his legacy, currently preventing his induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Due to his famous (and infamous) moments, sports cards featuring A-Rod can be expensive. Meaning finding good quality cards featuring his likeness at a bargain price can be difficult.
Best Alex Rodriguez Budget Baseball Cards Under $200
1994 Upper Deck Classic Alumni Alex Rodriguez Rookie Card #298
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $50
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $8
The 1st of 3 Upper Deck rookie cards on the budget list. The #298 card employs a unique design on its front.
It is arrayed in a horizontal layout and sports a white, pinstripe background, with a dark, black circle centered in the middle. The words “Classic”, “Upper Deck”, and “Alumni” are all written on top of the circle in varying font colors, styles, and sizes.
A great action photo of Rodriguez fielding a ground ball is displayed on top of the black circle as well, partially covering the previously mentioned words.
“Upper Deck Classic Alumni 1993” is written across the top of the card, while Rodriguez’s name is displayed at the bottom right.
The rear of the card lists A-Rod’s minor league accomplishments to date. Noting that through his first 43 games in 1993, he had a .320 batting average and 12 home runs.
1995 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice Alex Rodriguez #647
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $60
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $13.50
The 2nd Upper Deck rookie card on this list. The #647 Collector’s Choice is an incredibly popular card. Having been sold several hundred times over the last year, according to sportscardpro.com.
Positioned in a horizontal layout, the front of the card sports a great close-up shot of Rodriguez posing with the bat covering most of the card. The style of the photo, which positions the camera to face upward toward an upper body shot of Rodriguez is reminiscent of retro Topps photo styles from yesteryear.
The right side of the card contains a large black border that lists Rodriguez’s name and position. Along with the Mariners team name, all in white font.
Listed across the bottom of the picture, on a small black banner background, are the Upper Deck and Collector’s Choice brand names, along with the phrase “Future Foundation”.
The rear of the card lists Rodriguez’s impressive accomplishments to date that led to his selection as the top overall pick in the 1993 amateur draft.
1995 Pinnacle Alex Rodriguez Card #132
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $70
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $15
The only non-rookie card on this list. The #132 Pinnacle 2nd year card of Alex Rodriguez has seen large amounts of activity in the online marketplace in 2022.
Although some graded versions of the card have sold, ungraded versions of the card are far more popular among collectors. Often costing just a couple of dollars in an ungraded format. The card is a great option for collectors looking for cheap, early career cards of Rodriguez.
The front of the card displays a photo of Rodriguez fielding his position on the left side, with the right side of the card containing a jagged, green border with his name on it.
The top left of the card displays the Pinnacle brand name. While the bottom right of the card contains a golden medallion graphic with the Seattle Mariners team logo.
The rear of the card is arrayed in a horizontal layout. Containing Rodriguez’s stats from the 1994 season and a couple of player photos.
1994 Rodriguez Fleer Flair Rookie Card #340
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $80
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $17.50
The best player action photo of all cards on this list belongs to the #340 Fleer Flair card.
The card features 2 separate player action shots of Rodriguez next to each other on the front of the card.
The larger photo of the 2 covers most of the card’s front background and shows Rodriguez in the aftermath of a swing.
Another, smaller photo of Rodriguez is positioned more to the right of the card. Partially on top of the larger photo, and shows Rodriguez about to swing the bat.
The top right of the card’s front contains the Flair logo. While the bottom of the card lists Rodriguez’s name, team, and a large “R” emblem for rookie. All the writing on the front of the card is displayed in gold font. This gives the card a high-end feel, even though it is a relatively inexpensive card.
The rear of the card, arrayed in a horizontal layout, displays a head and shoulder photo of Rodriguez and a brief player bio.
1994 Fleer Update Rookie Card #U86
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $85
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $12.50
Only released in updated card sets and not individual packs. The #U86 Fleer rookie card features a large photo of Rodriguez in the aftermath of a swing on its front.
Other than the player photo, the rest of the frontal design is very simple. Designed in a horizontal layout, the card contains a white border and displays the Seattle Mariners logo in the top left of the card. With Rodriguez’s name and position listed next to the logo in a circular format.
The only other information contained on the front of the card is the “Fleer ’94” set designation. Listed at the bottom right of the card.
The rear of the card contains a brief summary of Rodriguez’s career to date. Noting his fast rise to the majors. It also displays another large picture of Rodriguez covering much of the card’s back. Showing him standing in full uniform from the waist upwards, wearing a batting helmet.
1994 Upper Deck Star Rookies Rookie Card #24
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $165
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $15
The 3rd and most valuable Upper Deck rookie card in the under $200 budget list. The #24 card sports a very nice frontal design.
It is separated into 3 different colored backgrounds, with dark purple and dark orange covering the left two-thirds of the card. And a grayish-black color hue covering the entire left third of the card.
A colorized insert photo of Rodriguez fielding his position partially covers the dark purple and dark orange backgrounds on the left side.
Rodriguez’s name and position are listed near the bottom under the colorized insert photo. While the Upper Deck logo is listed at the top right of the card. And the words “Star Rookies” are listed horizontally in large font across the grayish-black background.
The rear of the card contains a brief scouting report. It also notes some of Rodriguez’s high school accomplishments.
High-End Alex Rodriguez Baseball Cards
2. 1994 Leaf Limited Rookie Phenoms Gold Rookie Card #10
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $3,000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $300
The 1994 Leaf Limited Rookie Phenoms Gold rookie card was a part of an insert series comprised of just 5,000 total copies.
Due to their limited population and condition-sensitive shiny surfaces, finding them in PSA 10 condition is nearly impossible and will command a very hefty price tag.
The front of the card displays a stunning shiny gold background with a picture of Rodriguez throwing a ball centered in the middle.
Displayed directly below the player photo is the Seattle Mariners logo. This is arrayed in a beautiful golden font that makes it resemble a medieval golden coin.
“Leaf Limited” is listed in gold font at the top of the card. While the phrase “Rookie Phenoms” and Rodriguez’s name are centered at the bottom, just below the Mariners logo.
Another great feature of the card is that its back also displays the same golden hue as the front. While also listing Rodriguez’s major and minor league stats and a brief scouting report.
1. 1994 Upper Deck SP Foil Rookie Card #15
Estimated PSA 10 Value – $18,000
Estimated PSA 9 Value – $225
Claiming the top spot among A-Rod rookie cards. The 1994 Upper Deck SP Foil card commands incredibly high prices in PSA 10 condition.
A photo of Rodriguez posing with a bat in front of a batting cage covers most of the card’s front. The SP logo is listed at the top right of the card. Rodriguez’s name is listed vertically in cursive font across the left side. While “Premier Prospects” is listed across the bottom.
Although the rear of the card doesn’t list any minor league statistics. It does list a brief summary of Rodriguez’s success in the minor leagues up to that point.
The player summary itself is uniquely centered around an insert photo of Rodriguez’s uniformed head and shoulders.
It is important to note that a rarer, die-cut version of this card exists. That version can have a valuation approaching $60,000 in PSA 10 condition according to psacard.com.
Alex Rodriguez Memorabilia Items
Several great memorabilia items featuring Alex Rodriguez are available on sportsmemorabilia.com.
While several autographed baseballs are available, probably the best option is one signed by both Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, retailing for $903.99.
A game-used and autographed Louisville bat from Rodriguez’s playing days with the Rangers has a retail price of $4,361.99.
Several different autographed photos of Rodriguez are available, including an 11-inch by 14-inch picture of him holding up the Commissioner’s Trophy after the Yankees’ 2009 World Series win.
Another great picture option is an 11-inch by 14-inch photo of Rodriguez in his classic follow-through swing. Presumably after hitting a home run, selling for $581.99.
Finally, a game-used and autographed baseball cap from the 1996 MLB All-Star Game has a retail price of $3,561.99.