Our very own Chipper Jones is being inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame on Sunday, but let’s first take a walk down cardboard memory lane! There have been hundreds of Chipper cards released over the years, but there are a few that stand out to collectors for various reasons. While preparing for this article I found that collectors are very eager to share their prized possessions, so I am including many of our favorites below as a Chipper showcase. Thank you to all who shared with me and I hope you enjoy some of these beauties.
In my opinion the most recognizable Chipper rookie card is the famous 1991 Topps #333, but did you know there are multiple versions ranging from pennies a piece to breaking the bank? In a collection shared by Grant Crowe you can see all of the variations below.
From top left to right: 91 O-Pee-Chee, 91 Topps Tiffany, 91 Topps Desert Shield, 91 Topps
From bottom left to right: 91 Topps Micro, 91 Topps, 91 Topps Wrong Back, 91 Topps Certified Authentic Autograph
Topps Tiffany was a special box set release of 1991 Topps which included a brighter and more glossy card stock. The rarity makes this card much more valuable than the original set. Most recent sales for PSA 9 were $419 and $455 while PSA 10s sold for $1655 and $1776!
Topps Desert Shield, the holy grail in my opinion, is one of the most sought after Chipper Jones cards on the market. Topps released a special run of 1991 Topps to the troops who were deployed during the 1st war with Iraq. These cards include a gold foil stamp in the top right hand corner, however they are frequently counterfeited so purchasing graded or authenticated versions is always recommended. The print run on this set is unknown. Collectors will pay big money for high grades due to the scarcity of cards coming back from overseas, especially in decent condition. In the month of July, three PSA 10s have sold for $12,999 $13,315 and $11,769! If you would like a more affordable version, you can get a BGS 9 for about $1k (up about $300-$400 from one year ago).
Several other highly recognized rookie cards include 1991 Bowman RC #569 (top left), 1991 Upper Deck RC #55 (bottom left), and 1991 Score 1st Round Pick #671. Thank you to Meaghann Grey for sharing her PSA 10s.
One of my favorite early 90s Chipper cards was included in the 1992 Bowman set, card #28. This product had a strong checklist including the popular Mariano Rivera rookie card. The casual clothing and poses makes it a unique set that we can all appreciate.
Speaking of a casual set, the Christie Brinkley collection from 1996 Pinnacle included a playful group of pictures. She photographed both the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians during the ‘95 World Series in a relaxed and impromptu setting.
One of the original cosigners auto from 1999 Topps Stadium Club included Chipper Jones and Derek Jeter. Still a desirable card, it sells currently in the range of $150-$450 depending on the strength and boldness of the autographs.
Many collectors enjoy the minor league sets for their unique design and often shorter print run. This card was team issued as part of the 1992 Durham Bulls Team Set #10.
As previously mentioned, there are many Chipper cards out there and not enough time to appreciate them all. Below you will find many low-numbered, rare, and unique cards shared with me by my fellow collectors. Enjoy and congratulations Chipper Jones!!