Thinking about picking up a Jarred Kelenic rookie card? Well before you do, it’s important to know a little bit about the prospect’s young career in the bigs.
As a former top 10 draft pick, it’s not like Jarred Kelenic came out of nowhere. However, things didn’t get off to the fastest start for the teenager. In his first taste of professional ball in 2018, Kelenic had what could be described as an okay, but not great, season. And perhaps that’s what kept him under the radar for both fantasy owners and card collectors alike. And apparently for the Mets who traded him and fellow prospect Justin Dunn for the declining Robinson Canoe and Edwin Diaz (OUUUUCCCCH!).
In fact, it wasn’t until 2019 when the Mariner’s top prospect started to become a household name (well at least for households full of prospect junkies). In 443 at-bats across 3 different leagues, Kelenic slashed .291/.364/.540 to go along with a .904 OPS. Oh, and he also hit 23 home runs and stole 20 bases. So yes, the buzz is REAL.
Kelenic is now thought of as a top-tenish prospect across the board, and thus the value of his rookie cards has begun to increase dramatically. The question is, now that the secret is out, are they still a bargain? Let’s find out!
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Jarred Kelenic Rookie Card Round-Up
2018 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
By far his most collectible rookie card, the 2018 Bowman Chrome Jarred Kelenic has seen quite the increase after the breakout 2019 season. There are almost too many versions to count, but if you land one with an autograph and a refractor tag (especially the orange one), you’ll be doing just fine.
As far as value goes, that Orange Refractor we just mentioned is approaching $5,000. More common Refractors and base cards are the way to go if you don’t want to lay that kind of cash.
2019 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
A card that showcases Kelenic is his new uniform. It also represents his MONSTER 2019 of a season. Of course, it’s a year older than the 2018 version so the value isn’t going to be as high. On the other hand, it won’t cost you as much to pick one up either!
2018 Leaf Trinity (Find Bargain on eBay)
While this card is certainly not the most valuable, it’s by far the coolest (in our humble opinion). Who wouldn’t want a piece of a player worn fabric included with their card? Oh, and by the way, it also comes with Kelenic’s autograph. In terms of the WOW factor, this card beats the glitzy Bowman Refractors any day.
2017 Bowman Under Armour (Find Bargain on eBay)
As far as Jarred Kelenic rookie cards go, this one takes it WAY back. Heck, just look at that wide-eyed upwards gaze and high school All-American uniform! However, even though it may be one of his first rookie cards, it’s FAR from the most valuable. Which makes it a good option for those who aren’t ready to move all-in quite yet.
2018 Bowman’s Best (Find Bargain on eBay)
A simple card that is similar in appearance to the Bowman Chrome Mike Trout rookie card. Turn Jarred to the other side of the plate and you might not be able to even tell the difference (that’s a stretch but you get the point). Anyways, if Jarred goes on to have a career similar to Mike Trout’s, needless to say, you’ll be happy you bought this card.
Jarred Kelenic Rookie Card Honorable Mention
Doesn’t quite crack our Top 5 but we feel the need to give this card some love regardless. A great glimpse of that soon to be famous follow-through and a black and orange color combo that really pops. Did we mention that it’s incredibly rare? Like only one in existence rare. If you’re lucky enough to see it on the open market strongly consider making it yours. Who knows when you’ll get that opportunity again.
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Jarred Kelenic Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
This is a five-tool player who, at age 20, isn’t even close to a household name yet (again, with the exception of all those rabid prospect hounds out there). The more Kelenic produces in the minors, the more profits you’ll be raking in from investing in his rookie cards TODAY. And once he shows that five-tool talent in the big leagues? $$$$$$$. 9.5/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
This strategy depends greatly on whether or not you think Kelenic will live up to his lofty prospect status once he hits the big. Some do from day one. Others take some time. And some never make it at all. We’d be a bit surprised if the last option came true. 8/10
Long (5 years plus)
Wait and see. N/A
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