There was once a time where you had to be one of those rabid Cardinals fans to be interested in a Dylan Carlson rookie card. Not anymore. Over the past year or so, the newfound pride of the Red Bird farm system has EXPLODED up MLB prospect charts. Some even have the young outfielder in the top 10 overall. Just take a look at Carlson’s 2019 year on the farm and you’ll see why.
After a lackluster (at best) 2018, Carlson rebounded by putting up 26 home runs and 20 stolen bases across 489 at-bats. But perhaps even more impressive was his triple slash of .292/.372/.452. Whether it’s with the bat or the batter’s eye, the boy knows how to get on base. And he proved that again this spring with an OBP of .436 (albeit a small sample size).
Having validated the hype with a blistering 2019, the question on everyone’s mind is whether Dylan Carlson will be a Saint Louis Cardinal in 2020. Many seem to think so. Some are even calling for Carlson to be on the Cardinal roster right out of the gate. Either way, with that talent, it’s only a matter of time before Dylan Carlson is unleashed upon major league pitching. And when that happens, it’ll make or break the value of his rookie cards. So let’s take a look at a few you can take a chance on!
Dylan Carlson Rookie Card Value Guide
2016 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
As we usually like to do, we’ll get to the most valuable first! And it comes as no surprise to see Mr. Bowman Chrome open things up. As with any Chrome card, there are all kinds of options to choose from. Autograph? Refractor? Just plain? All of these will make a big difference in value. However, if you snag an auto-refactor you’ll have a card worth at least a few hundred. Want to go for a GOLD auto-refractor? Even a grade 9 will run you close to $1,000!
2020 Bowman Scouts Top 100 (Find Bargain on eBay)
A new card that’s making a BIG splash with collectors. Being so new, it’s hard to get an idea of what a grade 10 could bring. However, even the non-graded versions of the autographed refractors are going for $100 at minimum.
2020 Bowman Chrome Prospects (Find Bargain on eBay)
For those who don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a QUALITY Dylan Carlson rookie card. If you want a cream of the crop version, look for one of the “mojo refractors”. They’re the most valuable and will only set you back a hundred bucks or two.
2016 Leaf Trinity (Find Bargain on eBay)
This is a card that does NOT show up for sale too often. That said it’s hard to get a feel for its true value. Especially for grade 10 cards. However, non-graded versions have sold between $50 – $100 this spring.
2017 Tops Heritage (Find Bargain on eBay)
When it comes to style, we LOVE Topps Heritage. This one shows Carlson in his Peoria Chiefs A-Ball uniform. A simple and affordable card. Look for one with an autograph if you’re looking to max out the value.
Speaking of top Prospects…..are you willing to take a chance on a Jarred Kelenic rookie card?
Overall Bargain Rating: Pump the Brakes
As we’ve stressed before in our thoughts of Wander Franco rookie cards, prospects are a BIG gamble. Even with the solid 2019, there’s no guarantee that a big-league encore is coming in 2020 (or a Triple-A encore for that matter). And what if he regresses back to his 2018 form that produced a .246 average and only 11 home runs? Yikes.
There’s no doubt Dylan Carlson has talent. The problem is, the massive display of that talent in 2019 propelled the value of his higher-end rookie cards to some incredibly pricey levels. With only one above-average season on his pro resume, it seems like a good idea to wait and see if he can do it on the big stage before taking the plunge. Congrats to those who bought before last season though!