He already has two Cy Young Awards and it’s almost a lock he’ll wind up with more than that before his career eventually comes to a close. “Dominant” usually precedes his name in articles. While pitchers aren’t always exceedingly popular with collectors, Jacob deGrom rookie cards are an exception.
The New York Mets’ ace could wind up being one of the all-time great arms but at least for now, most of his rookie and prospect cards are still within reach.
Strange Path to Stardom
If not for some level of divine intervention, we may never have known deGrom as one of the greatest pitchers of his generation. Initially, when he attended Stetson University he was a light hitting shortstop for the Hatters. It could be argued that he was known as much for his game on the basketball court as he was for his exploits on the diamond.
At the beginning of his junior year, the team put him in the bullpen as the default closer. By the end of the season, he was a starter and one of the team’s best hurlers. The rest, as they say, is history. He was drafted in the ninth round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the New York Mets.
He spent a few seasons making his way through the minor league ranks and in May of 2014 he made his Major League debut. He pitched so well throughout the season that he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
Fast forward and deGrom sits as a perennial All-Star and Cy Young Award winner. With his league leading performances this year, including an obscenely low ERA and WHIP, its not out of the realm of possibility that deGrom picks up his third straight Cy Young Award when the baseball writers vote on the year end awards in a few short weeks. That would, without a doubt, put in him in elite, hall of fame worthy company.
With the following list, we break down Jacob deGrom rookie and prospect cards, giving you three tiers of value, importance and significance to choose from.