Baseball is about to be back! And unlike last season, this year the minor league players will be coming back along with it. Certainly, one minor league player we’ll be keeping our eyes on is the Mariners’ outfield prospect Julio Rodriguez. Rodriguez, along with Jarred Kelenic, make up what the Mariners hope to be a lethal tandem in the T-Mobile Park outfield for many years to come. We’ve already told you why we like the idea of a Jarred Kelenic rookie card purchase, but what about a Julio Rodriguez rookie card?
Just like Kelenic, Rodriguez has plenty of early rookie/prospect card options to choose from. It’s just a matter of how much you want to invest. That’s why we’re about to review the top Julio Rodriguez rookie card options and find out what they’re worth while we’re at it. Regardless of what you end up spending, a short-term investment might be worthwhile if you play your cards right.
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2019 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
We’ll start with the most valuable. No surprises here, Bowman Chrome leads the way. If you want a rare refractor with an autograph and a high grade from PSA or Beckett you’re looking at $2,000 or more. If you’re not looking to spend that much consider an autographed base card or a refractor without an auto.
2020 Bowman Chrome X (Buy on eBay)
While not as valuable or as popular as the 2019 Bowman Chrome, the 2020 Chrome X has some Julio Rodriguez rookie cards that command a decent amount of dough. However, with no autographs available, you should be able to find plenty of cards for less than $500.
2019 Bowman Sterling (Buy on eBay)
There are all kinds of options in this set for less than $300. Especially if you don’t mind buying a card that hasn’t been graded. In addition to the style of card shown above, there’s also a die-cut refractor with a horizontal layout holding a similar value.
2017 Panini Elite (Buy on eBay)
Leave it to Panini to go WAY, WAY BACK to 2017 to get the drop of the Julio Rodriguez rookie card market. While Panini may have had one of the first Rodriguez cards, by no means is it the most costly to apprehend. You’ll find plenty of great cards for less than $100 here.
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Julio Rodriguez Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
We like the idea of a short-term investment as Julio has had no problem with the lower minors so far. We’d expect that to continue into 2021 and there should be a chance for decent profits if he continues to hit. However, we’re a bit worried about the small sample size and the high prospect rank. If he doesn’t live up to lofty expectations, the fall good be steep. And quick. Watch closely and don’t hesitate to sell if it looks like there’s trouble brewing. 7/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
A healthy and productive in 2021 would certainly go a LONG way to ease our concerns about the lack of experience (19 years old and less than 600 MILB at-bats). We’re focused on the short term only for now. At least until we see Julio turn in a solid 2021. 3/10
Long (3 years plus)
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