If 2021 turns about to be the year the young fireballer FINALLY bursts onto the scene, Michael Kopech rookie cards will soon become a hot commodity.
In 2020 Michael Kopech seemed poised to take the next step in his professional baseball career. Or maybe since he throws 105 MPH, breaking onto the scene in a FAST way is more like it. Either way, many of us thought we’d finally see that fastball in live MLB action throughout the season. But then came the pandemic and a decision by Kopech to opt-out of the 2020 season.
Flash-forward to present day and there’s good news for White Sox fans as Ethan Katz seems to be confident that Kopech will contribute to the 2021 season in a big way.
If that turns out to be accurate, you may want to begin piling up some of the following Michael Kopech rookie cards!
Related: Mackenzie Gore is the Michael Kopech of 2018… check out his top rookie cards!
Michael Kopech Rookie Cards to for 2021
2014 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
Released when Michael was still in the Red Sox organization, the 2014 Bowman Chrome comes in a variety of styles. Prices vary based on whether it has an autograph or refractor tag. If you’re looking to bet big, make sure you have at least one of the two features on your card!
2017 Bowman Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
Another Bowman released before Michael made his big league debut in 2019. The card features the Kopech’s smooth follow-through. And just like the 2014 version, it can be had with an autograph and/or refractor tag.
2018 Bowman Platinum (Buy on eBay)
Yet another prospect card we have lofty expectations for. Almost as lofty as Kopech’s aspirations for a 107 mph fastball! There’s a lot going on with this card, but if you can get past the loud appearance, your screams of joy while profit-taking may be even louder.
2019 Topps Dynamic Duals (Buy on eBay)
Why not take a chance on a card that pairs Kopech with fellow White Sox phenom Eloy Jiminez? There are a lot worse ideas, that’s for sure (the perm craze of the early 90’s comes to mind). Anyways, if things go as planned for these guys you’ll be twice as happy.
2019 Panini Flawless (Buy on eBay)
Because it’s always nice to have a piece of torn off jersey molded to your card. Patch aside, the 2019 Panini Flawless set offers some low-risk investment options many of which are available with Kopech’s autograph. And just like the 2019 Topps set above, Eloy makes an appearance on a few of Kopech’s cards from this set.
2019 Bowman Chrome (Buy it on eBay!)
A card from the season Kopech ended up having the ole’ Tommy John patchwork on his bionic arm. The cards aren’t nearly as valuable as his older year Bowman Chrome editions so if you’re looking for a low-risk investment with the Bowman name, this is it.
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Michael Kopech Rookie Cards Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
If Kopech comes back healthy, harnesses that wicked fastball, and hones in on his control, WATCH OUT. That may seem like a lot to ask but we see it as a natural evolution of a pitcher with this kind of talent. We’re expecting a productive 2021 and if that happens there are plenty of reasons to think you’ll come out ahead on a short-term investment. 8/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
There have been too many bumps in the road to be thinking any more than a year ahead when it comes to Kopech. Let’s see him get a full HEALTHY year under his belt before thinking any further down the road. N/A
Long (5 years plus)