They are called “closers” and oftentimes it seems like ice is running through their veins. They are called on to preserve leads in tight baseball games at the most critical junctures. They are Major League Baseball’s relief pitchers who were even referred to as “firemen” in years past because of their ability to douse rallies staged by the opposing team’s hot batsmen in late innings. Through the history of MLB, several of these closers have risen to the top of their profession and left lasting legacies.
Here’s a look at sought-after rookie cards of 10 top MLB relievers whose collective careers cover six decades’ worth of America’s favorite pastime, starting with a contemporary closer and going as far back as 1952.