One of the most popular themes in sports card collecting is hall of fame rookie cards. The hobby places a premium on an athlete’s first card, and the more successful an athlete is, the more desirable his/her trading card becomes. In fact, many great collections consist of nothing but hall of fame rookie cards from various sports.
The hall of fame scene in lacrosse is more complex than in other sports. The Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame, U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame have all been active for several decades. The Premier Lacrosse League will be opening the Professional Lacrosse Hall of Fame for former players of Major League Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League, bringing a fourth lacrosse hall of fame into the mix.
Likewise, collecting the rookie cards of other award winners is popular among hobbyists. In baseball it might be MVP or Cy Young Award winners, while in football it might be Heisman Trophy winners. Thus far the most prestigious award in lacrosse is the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the top female and top male college lacrosse players in the United States.
The following links list the Tewaaraton Award winners and members of each lacrosse hall of fame. Rookie cards are listed for those individuals who have trading cards. As lacrosse card production has been sporadic for more than a century, many inductees have never been the subject of a trading card.