An Andrew Vaughn rookie card could end up being one of the most sought-after baseball collectibles by the end of the 2021 MLB season. For starters, he’s a Top 20 prospect and is expected to appear at some point this year. On top of that, Vaughn is among the favorites to take home AL Rookie of the Year honors. That said, it’s easy to see why there will be plenty of collectors looking to get their hands on the White Sox’ future 1st baseman’s rookie cards.
Oh, and in case you haven’t heard, Vaughn has gained the trust of new White Sox coach Tony LaRussa to the extent that he’s on the opening day roster! But what can we now that he has arrived in the big leagues? As with any other prospect, that’s hard to say. In college, Vaughn made a mockery of pitchers by posting a career .374/.495/.688 to go with 50 home runs over 596 career ABs. However, things slowed down a bit once he started seeing pitches from pitchers who are paid to throw baseballs.
In 2019 Vaughn made his minor league debut and hit 6 home runs to go with a .278/.384/.449 triple slash. While he certainly held his own, the result was a far cry from his glory days in college. However, Vaughn showed why scouts loved his batter’s eye by walking nearly as much as striking out. A tool that should propel him to even more minor league success as he makes his way to the big leagues sometime this year. If both of those things happen, you’ll be glad you bought one of the following Andrew Vaughn rookie cards ahead of time.
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Andrew Vaughn Rookie Card Hot List
2019 Bowman Chrome Draft (Buy on eBay)
This is the set to focus on if you’re looking to make a sizeable investment. So many options to choose from valued at more than $500. Most of these will include Vaughn’s autograph so if you’re searching for a moderately valued card we suggest finding a non-auto refractor.
2020 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
Unlike the previous year’s set where both image variations showed Vaughn in the field, the 2020 Bowman Chrome features the skill set that brings you here in the first place: THE SWING! Since this isn’t Vaughn’s first Bowman card you can expect a nice discount over the 2019 set’s prices. For instance, the card above is autographed with a print run of just 25, and valued sold for less than $500. Meanwhile, there’s plenty of non-autographed refractors going for well under $100.
2020 Topps Heritage (Buy on eBay)
Here’s where we get into some REAL bang for your buck. For example, there are autographed parallels with short print runs like the card shown here for less than $100. So if you’re just looking to sample the waters Topps Heritage is a great collection focus on.
2020 Donruss Optic (Buy on eBay)
As you likely know by now, we’re a sucker for the nostalgic. And what screams junk-wax era nostalgia like the ole’ Rated Rookie logo in the top left corner of a Donruss card. Well, since Vaughn hadn’t debuted when this card was made it’s a Rate Prospect logo but – same difference. Either way, Donruss offers an Andrew Vaughn rookie card that’s dripping with style. And one that won’t cost much. Enjoy!
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Best Andrew Vaughn Rookie Cards Coming Soon
As a collector, you’ve always gotta be on the lookout for those TRUE rookie cards with the RC logo in the corner (we’ve laid out prospect cards so far). While the biggest sets (Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome) won’t arrive until way later this year, the 2021 Bowman Baseball and 2021 Topps Finest collections are slated to arrive within the coming months. Just try to be patient while you wait. And keep a close eye on Vaughn’s performance while you’re at it!
Andrew Vaughn Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
We fully expect Vaughn to have a solid season on the farm and have no reason to doubt the 2021 ETA that’s being bandied about by the folks who are in the know. If both come to fruition, you should see some nice gains on your initial investment. However, there’s plenty of risk involved if you decide to hold on past his MLB debut. 8/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
As we just said, banking on a prospect to live up to expectations in the big leagues is always risky business. We think Vaughn is the kind of talent that’s worth taking a flier on. If you’re right, your gains will be immensely larger than those who took profits on news of the call-up. If you’re wrong, you’re missing out on easy profits and likely losing a few bucks while you’re at it. Tough call, but that’s why we play the game! 8/10
Long (3 years plus)
We should know after Vaughn’s first couple of years in the MLB whether or not this is a viable strategy. Until then there’s no reason to force the issue. Focus on the more immediate future until you have more information to work with.
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