No one is going to mistake 1989 Score baseball cards for T3 Turkey Reds, or even for 1989 Upper Deck baseball cards.

Score’s second baseball issue is no great work of art, and it was produced in quantities so large that the cards are generally not worth much at all these days.

On the other hand, ’89 Score does present a clean look, with decent photography on both card fronts and backs. It’s also graced with a pretty strong rookie card crop.

And … well, all those cards on the market means it’s not impossible to find perfect specimens, as in cards that grade out at PSA 10 (for example).

Some of those gems still hold some value, too.

What follows, then, is a list of the most valuable 1989 Score baseball cards, based on recent eBay sales of PSA 10 specimens.

Edgar Martinez Rookie Card (#637)

1989 Score Edgar Martinez Rookie Card

You can debate the merit of the designated hitter all day long, but it’s hard to deny the sheer quality of Edgar Marinez’s stats at the plate … .312/.418/.515 with 309 home runs among his 2247 hits, good enough for 68.4 WAR.

Also good enough for Hall of Fame election in 2019.

Thirty years before that, Edgar made his Score debut, and that rookie card is a $40-50 item in PSA 10 these days.

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John Smoltz Rookie Card (#616)

1989 Score John Smoltz Rookie Card

Smoltz took an unusual path to Cooperstown, but he made it there, anyway.

Like Dennis Eckersley before him, Smoltz turned his experience as a starter into a stellar late-career run as a closer.

Unlike Eck, though, Smoltz returned to the rotation his last few years.

That combo pack made his election inevitable, and it also keeps his Score RC in the $30 range for perfect graded copies.

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Gary Sheffield Rookie Card (#625)

1989 Score Gary Sheffield Rookie Card

Once upon a time, Gary Sheffield was the can’t-miss nephew of Dwight Gooden, a young man who was going to rewrite the record book.

Then came attitude issues and some early struggles that dimmed his shine, and we weren’t sure anymore.

Then came a trade to the San Diego Padres and the beginning of an upward trajectory that would take Sheff to eight MLB franchises in 22 years and leave him with more than 500 home runs and nearly 2700 hits.

He was a masher whose numbers say “Cooperstown,” but, alas, steroid-laden clouds have wrecked his HOF campaign.

Still, his Score rookie card checks in around $25 in PSA 10.

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Randy Johnson Rookie Card (#645)

1989 Score Randy Johnson Rookie Card

In 1989, Randy Johnson was huge, gangly, fast, and wild.

And he was trying to make his way with the Montreal Expos. A trade to the Seattle Mariners not long after his Score rookie card hit store shelves, though, set the stage for Johnson to become the Big Unit.

Three decades later, Johnson is a living legend, and his first Score card brings $20 or more in PSA 10.

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Craig Biggio Rookie Card (#237)

1989 Score Craig Biggio Rookie Card

Biggio was once a promising catching prospect, one who showed every sign of making good on that promise, as evidenced by a Silver Slugger and All-Star appearance at the position before moving across the diamond to second base in 1992.

This 1989 card of the the budding superstar was Biggio’s first base Score issue — he appeared in the Rookie & Traded set in 1988 — and it typically hammers down around $20 in PSA 10.

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Sandy Alomar Jr. Rookie Card (#630)

1989 Score Sandy Alomar Jr. Rookie Card

Everybody was pretty sure in the late 1980s that the Alomar boys were going to be something special. All we were unsure about was a) when they were going to arrive and b) which one would get to the Hall of Fame first.

As it turned out, Roberto won both those battles, as it took Sandy, Jr., a couple more years to get on track. When he did, though, he won the 1990 American League MVP award for the Cleveland Indians.

Before that, he appeared on this extreme close-up 1989 ROOKIE card in that year’s Score set. Today, it’s a $20+ card when graded and pristine.

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Cal Ripken Jr. (#15)

1989 Score Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken hit something of a lull in the late 1980s — as his games-played streak marched on, his batting averages and overall production slid downward.

The Orioles legend took a lot of heat, too, with plenty of folks suggesting he should rest now and then in the name of boosting his output.

Cal, of course, resisted and forged a resurgence in the early 1990s that cemented his place as one of the most popular players to ever lace up his spikes.

Not surprisingly, Ripken’s cards are almost always among the most valuable in the sets they’re part of, and this 1989 Score is about a $20 item in PSA 10 condition.

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Nolan Ryan (#300)

1989 Score Nolan Ryan

Talk about a guy who always has some of the most valuable cards in a set!

No one can carry Nolan Ryan’s jockstrap when it comes to popular and expensive baseball cards, and that general theme applies here, too.

This 1989 Score was among the last base cards to show Ryan as a member of the Houston Astros, and it even features the rainbow shoulders to good effect.

The reward for that artistic effort is a $15 price tag for perfect graded copies.

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Barry Bonds (#127)

1989 Score Barry Bonds

Yep, people love to hate Barry Bonds.

Yep, he’s having all sorts of trouble getting into the Hall of Fame.

But, nope …

None of that changes the fact that he’s one of the greatest hitters of all time, and enough collectors believe in that notion to keep his cards on the high-value list.

This early-career Pirates card fetches $10+ in PSA 10.

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Rickey Henderson (#70)

1989 Score Rickey Henderson

Like Bonds, Rickey Henderson is one of the greatest players of all time, one who also did his damage mostly while playing left field.

In 1989, Henderson was about to embark on maybe the most productive stretch of his career, and he would be on cardboard fire in the hobby by the time he broke Lou Brock‘s stolen base record in 1991.

Rickey’s cards maintain a lot of that glow even today, and this 1989 Score brings around $10 in PSA 10.

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