When it comes to the Alex Kirilloff rookie card market, now may be a great buying opportunity. It wasn’t long ago when Alex Kirilloff rivaled the likes of Wander Franco and Luis Robert for the honors of the game’s top prospect. Then came 2019. In what turned out to be a disappointing season down on the farm, Kiriloff saw his powers numbers dwindle to just 9 long balls and 43 RBI over 375 at-bats. Compare those numbers to his 13 home runs and 56 RBI in just 256 at-bats in 2018 and the regression becomes painfully clear.
While performance by no means met expectations, the likely cause of the down year appears to be a wrist injury that zapped Alex of his power stroke. If that ends up being the case, you can expect a MASSIVE rebound from a hitter that is considered to be one of the best in the minor leagues. And with a rebound in performance, it’s all but certain you’ll start to see a rebound in Alex Kirilloff rookie card values. Here are a few options to consider if you’d like to buy the dip!
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Best Alex Kirilloff Rookie Card Options
2016 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
This set will likely be responsible for some incredibly high priced cards in the very near future. There is no shortage of talent and there are plenty of players who are now just starting to embark on their MLB careers. Alex Kirilloff started that journey last postseason when he became the first player ever to make his debut in a playoff series. He’ll look to continue in 2021 at some point in the season.
As far as prices go, expect to pay in the $250-$500 range for some of the more common autographed refractors. If you’re really high on Alex consider picking up a gold or black refractor for a few hundred more.
2016 Panini Elite Extra (Find Bargain on eBay)
This Panini edition DOES NOT disappoint (unlike the bonus episode of Tiger King). It includes a treasure trove of the game’s top prospects, all of which are available with that all-important ink scribbled across the surface. In 2019 the value of the Pete Alonso version of this card grew by leaps and bounds. This year it could be Alex’s turn.
2016 Leaf (Find Bargain on eBay)
The card above is the Trinity Silver Spectrum option. You simply cannot beat the authenticity of this card. A little light-hearted bit of bragging and a powerful verse from Colossians makes it a MUST OWN. Oh, and Alex’s signature is also a welcome feature.
Additionally, the 2016 Leaf set offers plenty of lost cost Alex Kirilloff rookie cards for less than $100. A great entry point for new collectors.
2017 Bowman Platinum (Buy this card on eBay)
Okay, so in the real world, the value of platinum far exceeds that of chrome. However, Bowman-land is a completely different story. So if you’re looking for an Alex Kirilloff rookie card from Bowman that’s easy on the wallet this one is for you. Even the ultra-rare Platinum Cuts can be picked up for less than $200.
2016 Bowman’s Best (Buy on eBay)
Hard not to buy this card just for how well it captures that powerful follow-through. Add to that an autograph and you have a card that will look amazing in your baseball card display case. Many options for less than $100.
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Alex Kirilloff Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
Picking up a rookie card of a guy who was once arguably the top prospect in the game seems to be worth the risk created by the disappointing 2019 season. If the wrist injury proves to be what held Alex back in 2019, expect good returns throughout the year as he once again regains his swing. Breaking spring with the team or an early call up followed by production in the majors will have you smiling from ear to ear. 8.5/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
While many collectors may be a bit wobbly in the knees over it, just remember what ole’ Buffet always says: be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful. When it comes to Alex Kirilloff Rookie Cards, the last half of the quote seems to fit best! A turnaround next season could signal good things to comes in 2021 and beyond. 7/10
Long (5 years plus)
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