When it’s time to consider the hottest baseball rookie cards of 2020, the first thing to think about is who the best rookies were. As if that weren’t obvious enough! However, in our rookie card reviews, we usually like to include some pre-rookie cards as they can be worth just as much if not more in some cases. Therefore, we’ll also need to consider who the most promising prospects are as well. At any rate, there’s no shortage of options for both exciting 2020 rookies and minor league prospects so let’s get to work!
The guys below may be trending hotter, but Tampa’s young shortstop still shits atop the prospect rankings.
Here are some Wander Franco pre-rookie card options!
Hottest Baseball Rookie Cards 2020: Prospects
2020 Bowman Chrome Jasson Dominguez (Buy on eBay)
Jasson Dominguez is regarded as one of the most valuable prospects in all of baseball. Therefore, it’s no surprise to see his name appear on this list. As far as the cards go, Bowman Chrome leads the way (as they will with all the prospects on this list). As far as value goes, some of the less common refractors are selling or almost $10,000. Meanwhile, you can get one of the more common editions for just a $100 investment.
2020 Bowman Chrome Luisangel Acuna (Buy on eBay)
While most don’t think he has the all-out superstar potential as his big bro, he’s gaining the attention of plenty of early investors. Is it because of his name? Or is it his raw talent? Either way, it’s happening and you may not want to be left out of the cold. Just like with Dominguez, his top cards from this set approach $10,000 while the more common can go for as little as $100 a pop (and less but we’re not focused on $5 cards here).
2020 Bowman Chrome Draft Spencer Torkelson (Buy on eBay)
We can’t have a “best prospect card from 2020” list without having Spencer Torkelson’s 1st Bowman card involved. These are incredibly hot items as we roll into the 2021 season and for a good reason – Torkelson was the first pick in the 2020 MLB Draft, after all. And with hot items come high values. For instance, some of the less common Refractors have already sold for more than $5,000. And that’s without swinging the bat as a professional. If Torkelson explodes out of the gate in the minors this season expect big gains!
2020 Bowman Chrome Draft Zac Veen (Buy on eBay)
While not as valuable as the Torkelson’s card from this set, Veen certainly comes close. So one was already lucky enough to find his Black Wave Auto Refractor and guess what it sold for? More than $6,300. How’s that for a case hit?? At any rate, there are plenty of other Zac Veen options from this set for with a far less price sticker. Just like Torkelson, you’ll be happy you picked one up if Veen does to minor league pitching what he did to his sorry college foes.
Blasts from the past!
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Hottest Baseball Rookie Cards 2020: MLB Debuts
2020 Topps Chrome Luis Robert (Buy on eBay)
Now we shift gears to the ACTUAL rookies. And while his slumping batting average kept him from the Rookie of the Year award, he was certainly the biggest name on the list. Meaning, his cards still hold the most value. Even more than the ROY WINNER who we’ll be covering next. At any rate, there’s plenty of options in this set so find one in your price range and go for it!
2020 Topps Chrom Kyle Lewis (Buy on eBay)
Now to the 2020 Rookie of the Year. No, not Devin Williams. Sorry Devin, you were lights out but you’re certainly not one of the hottest baseball rookie cards of 2020. We’re talking about the AL ROY, Kyle Lewis. What Kyle lacked in average his rookie season, he certainly made up with for power-hitting 11 home runs in around 200 at-bats. Combine that with a healthy OBP of .364 and you have yourself a guy who seems like he’ll be around for a while. And compared to the ROY runner up Luis Robert, his rookie card prices are an absolute BARGAIN. Consider buying some!
Other 2020 MLB Rookies to Invest In
Ryan Mountcastle (Buy on eBay)
Ryan Mountcastle arguably had the best overall performance by a rookie batter last year. Hits for both average and power with a minor league track record to back up his 2020 season. REAL THREAT.
Dustin May (Buy on eBay)
The Dodger’s top pitching prospect put the league on notice with his 2.57 era over 12 starts in his rookie season. Sure and steady.
Gavin Lux (Buy on eBay)
The Dodger’s top prospect overall has struggled in his brief MLB stints. However, he’s a raw talent and one of the most talked-about prospects in the league. Possible buy-low opportunity.
Jesús Luzardo (Buy on eBay)
The most exciting arsenal of any young pitcher not named MacKenzie Gore. Held his own in his first year up. Solid buy.
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Hottest Baseball Rookie Cards 2020 Investment Strategies
Short (less than 1 year)
Pretty much EVERY card on this list will have a good amount of market interest heading into 2021. It’s not hard to imagine some incredibly easy profits based on that fact alone. Especially if you buy in early enough. Like as in right now!
Medium (1 to 5 years)
This strategy will depend greatly on the player’s performance. Hot prospects fizzle out regularly once they hit the cruel world of the big leagues. Monitor the closely next season and make a decision whether or not to hold longer based on what you see.
Long (5 years plus)
Nope. All of these players are about as green as you can get. Even Robert and Lewis. Not to mention the fact that investors chasing prospects has driven these markets up dramatically. Way too early to consider going long. N/A
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