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What is the value of a 1985 Topps Roger Clemens Rookie card number 181?

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1985 Topps Roger Clemens Rookie card 181

A 1985 Topps Roger Clemens Rookie card #181 has a book value of

about $25.00. in near/mint -mint condition. Professionally graded

cards will sell for more. Condition is important.

Common flaws with baseball cards include: rounded edges,

creases, off centered, and faded color. Any or all flaws will

devalue the card significantly.

It depends on the card:

1984 Fleer Update, Card #27:

This card is listed as Roger Clemen's only extended rookie card.

The card once in line with other notable players in the set, is now

responsible for two-thirds of the set's value. This card shows a

nice clean shot of Roger Clemens in his Red Sox uniform. It

currently books for $225, but beware of counterfeits when trying to

add this card to your collection since there have been numerous

reports of falsified issues.

1985 Fleer, Card #155:

There were three main rookie cards of Roger Clemens produced in

1985. These cards were issued by Topps, Donruss and Fleer. Out of

the three, the ones issued by Donruss and Fleer are of equal value.

They each book for $40. The Fleer card though was not issued in a

factory set and thus presents a slightly harder challenge for

collectors. Fleer also offers a crisp and clean close up picture of

the pitching star, making me tip the scales in favor of this


1985 Topps Tiffany, Card #181:

While the 1985 Topps' Rookie Card of Roger Clemens was widely

produced, the Tiffany version was limited in production. Only 5,000

factory sets were produced by Topps, making the Roger Clemens issue

a highly sought after card. The card currently books for $150.

1993 Finest Refractor, Card #104:

In 1993 the Topps Company released its revolutionary "Finest"

set. The set ushered in the era of the "super premium" cards.

Twelve years have passed since its initial release and the set's

refractor subset is still holding its value. The Roger Clemens

Finest refractor is priced at $200, making it one of the most

valuable within the subset.

2001 Donruss Rookie Reprint, Card #RR7:

There are various certified autograph cards of Roger Clemens

available to collectors, but none like the 2001 Donruss Rookie

Reprint issue. This card is a reproduction of Roger's 1985 Rookie

Card. The card is limited in production to 85 (in honor of his

rookie card year), and it's priced at $120.

2005 Diamond Kings Materials Framed Green Bat-Jsy, Card


While most of the cards mentioned so far feature Roger in a

Boston uniform, this card has him in Yankee pin strips. Limited in

production to 25, the card comes with both a piece of a game used

bat and a pinstriped jersey. Though newly released, this card can

be found selling for $40.

2005 Leaf Century Material Fabric Position Jsy, Card #/250:

Still, those wishing to add a card to their collection with

Roger's current address and uniform, can pick up this relatively

inexpensive new issue from Leaf. The card features Clemens with a

swatch of his Houston Astro's jersey. Limited to a print run of

250, the card can be found for about $15.

These are just a few of the many great Roger Clemens cards that

have been produced over the years. While it is harder to get a

great deal on cards of current hot stars, bargains can still be

found. If a collector is willing to have patience and spend a

little time looking, he can find most of these cards selling

between 40-60% of their listed values. Places like flea markets,

on-line card auctions, and card shows are more likely to offers

these cards at reduced prices. It also never hurts to ask how low a

seller is willing to go in order to sell you the card you seek.

Aside from these higher priced issues, a great deal of more common

Roger Clemens card can be found in the $1-$4 range. Remember that

the important thing is to enjoy the hobby.

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