If his power stroke lives up to expectations in 2021, a Bobby Dalbec rookie card will be one of the hottest items of the season. And from the small sample we saw last season, all signs point to plenty of balls being launched over the green monster this summer.
In just 80 ABS in 2020, Dalbec connects for 8 home runs to go along with 16 RBI. The .263 average was also his best since way back in 2016 where he hit .386 his first year in the minors. The home run every 10 ABs was even better than his last two seasons in the minors where he totaled 59 home runs. This has led many to believe Dalbec will be the breakout player the Sox so desperately need in 2021. If they’re right, you’ll be glad you owned one or more of the following Bobby Dalbec rookie cards!
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Bobby Dalbec Rookie Card Hot List
2016 Bowman Chrome Draft (Find Bargain on eBay)
There are many options to choose from here depending on how much you’d like to invest. For instance, the Orange Refractor auto is going for well over $1,000 in PSA 9.5 condition. Meanwhile, a BGS 9.5 Blue Refractor auto will set you back somewhere between $400 and $500. At the low end of the spectrum, you should be able to find a mint condition Green Refractor auto for less than $100.
2019 Bowman Chrome Mega Box (Buy on eBay)
This Bobby Dalbec rookie card from Mega is a sharp-looking edition that shows off the youngster’s defensive prowess. A great illustration of the talent that has many clamoring for Dalbec and Devers to swap positions in 2021. At any rate, the card is one of Dalbec’s best so far and could end up being quite the find if he proves himself capable in 2021.
2017 Topps Heritage (Buy this Bobby Dalbec Rookie Card on eBay)
This sets offers a great retro design befitting of its name. The card shown above features Dalbec playing a light-hearted game of catch seemingly without a care in the world (hopefully that mindset continues once he arrives on the big stage in Boston). When it comes to value these are an easy pick up for casual investors who are looking to spend $100 or less.
2018 Leaf Metal (Buy on eBay)
More low-hanging fruit if you’re looking to grab a Bobby Dalbec rookie card on the cheap. For example, a Pink Wave version of the State Pride parallel shown above recently sold for just $52 on eBay. And that’s for an autographed PSA 10. Plenty of great options for those who are just looking to get their feet wet.
2021 Donruss (Buy on eBay)
The newest on the list is the latest edition of Donruss Baseball. While there’s the standard “Rated Rookie” card that Donruss is famous for, the most value of the bunch tend to be “Signature Series” inserts. As the name suggests, these include Dalbec’s autograph and come in a variety of parallels. The most valuable of which is the 1/1 that recently sold for more than $2,000. Meanwhile, there are also more affordable options like the Gold Series card shown above which has a print run of 25 and is valued at a little over $50 at the moment. What a difference 24 more cards make!
As far as the standard set goes, there’s plenty of options for as little as $10 or even less. Just a matter of how good you think Dalbec’s going to be at the end of the day!
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Bobby Dalbec Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
Just like we said in our Randy Arozarena Rookie Card Guide, we love the idea of buying now with the end game of a pre-opening day flip. As collectors and baseball fans start waking up out of hibernation we should see an influx of cash into the market as the season approaches. That offseason Bobby Dalbec rookie card purchase should benefit nicely. 8/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
We’re a little bit worried about the average to be thinking past this year. If he flounders below .250 he’s gonna have to hit LOTS of home runs to make up for it. Let’s see if he can put together another .260 plus performance with his power on full display in 2021 and go from there. 5/10
Long (5 years plus)
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