Max Scherzer did something Sunday no pitcher had ever done: strike out 15 batters in an outing of 6 1/3 innings or less. That’s right–of the 19 outs he recorded against the Phillies, all but four came by way of punch out. Of course, big strikeout totals are nothing new to the player Sports Illustrated ranked as one of the top five players in all of baseball prior to the season.
The Scherzer File
A St. Louis native, Scherzer’s rookie cards date back to the 2008 season and based on his still booming career at age 33, it’s a little surprising they don’t sell for more. He’s captured three Cy Young Awards (one of only 15 pitchers to do so) and could be on his way to making it three in a row this season. He’s thrown two no-hitters and shares the big league single game strikeout record with 20.
Scherzer Prospect and Rookie Cards
You can find Scherzer inside the 2005 Upper Deck USA Baseball brand, which dates to his freshman year at the University of Missouri. With single and multi-player autographs as well as base cards, there are plenty of choose from. The solo autographed cards numbered to 475 are available for around $100, sometimes less. The base cards are just a few dollars.
He also appears in the low-cost 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition product, another issue pre-dating his big league debut.
Scherzer debuted with the Arizona Diamondbacks in April of 2008 and his rookie cards were spread throughout the latter half of the season. Upper Deck was still a licensed manufacturer and you can find him on a few of their products including some that have autographs. Ultimate (with an autograph directly on a jersey patch) is numbered to 99. SPx and Sweet Spot are two other products with Scherzer rookie autographs.
Scherzer appeared in late season Topps releases such as the Updates and Highlights set (where you’ll also find Clayton Kershaw’s rookie card) and Chrome Update, with its parallel cards generating significant interest. Scherzer’s Bowman products from that season are also popular, especially the Chrome Update parallels. The most paid for a Scherzer card over the last 12 months was a Bowman Red Refractor, numbered to 5 and graded PSA 9 which sold for $700. A Chrome Gold Refractor, numbered to 50, sold for $400.
Prices for Scherzer’s best rookie cards will fluctuate based on grading, of course, but most nice signed or low serial numbered editions don’t stretch past $200, with many available for less.
A bit of a late blooming success in the majors, Scherzer won’t reach 300 wins but he appears to be a lock for Cooperstown. Should the Nationals win a World Series or two before the end of his seven-year, $210 million contract, his already strong profile will increase.
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