The abrupt exit of Mookie Betts has created quite the void in the middle of the BoSox lineup. All signs point to Rafael Devers being ready to fill it. In his third season (and first full one) Rafael made a BIG splash on the scene by compiling a .311/.361/.916 triple-slash to go along with 32 round-trippers (stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference). And let’s not forget about the staggering 115 RBI. So, what does all this mean? Yep, there’s a NEW Monster of Fenway. It also means there could be a new monster of your baseball card collection!
That said, let’s find out what cards are RIPE for the pickin’!
5 Quintessential Rafael Devers Rookie Cards
2018 Topps Sapphire (Find Bargain on eBay)
This beauty can generate a selling price that’s just as attractive as that previously mentioned triple-slash line. Do yourself a favor and find one with an autograph on it to add some additional value. While you’re at it, go ahead and seek out that red refractor. Chances are this one will make your portfolio greener than that wall lurking at the end of Fenway’s left field.
2018 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
If we’re talking modern rookie cards, it almost a guarantee the name Bowman shows up on the list. The 2018 Bowman Chrome Rafael Devers card features what appears to be a triumphant home run swing (although it could be a lazy fly ball for all we know). Grab it with an autograph, a refactor tag, or just plain (like yogurt without the fruit at the bottom). Either way, you’ll be glad you did if this soon to be baseball elite continues his current trajectory.
2018 Topps Heritage (Find Bargain on eBay)
Throw it back to the days when posing for a baseball card was the name of the game. Rafael’s calm smile and a skyward gaze set this card apart from the modern-day action cards you normally see on the market. Just try to remain as calm as Rafael’s smile if you see this card’s value rise alongside Fenway’s on field-temperature….ALL…SUMMER…LONG.
2015 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
It’s no surprise to see Bowman make another appearance on this list. Let’s not forget, before Rafael Devers was a rookie he was a top prospect. This one features a young Rafael showing his “eye of the tiger” at the plate. As always, grab the autograph and refractor tint if you have a few extra bucks lying around.
2018 Topps Transcendent (Find Bargain on eBay)
The 2018 Topps Transcendent rounds out the list (a list that’s completely DOMINATED by Topps and Bowman). Finally, a card that shows off a bit of Devers’ improving (work in progress) defensive skill set. With moves like those, all he needs is a red eye-sash and one could EASILY mistake him for the ninja turtle that shares his name.
Comeback player alert!
There are quite a few Willie Calhoun rookie cards being MASSIVELY overlooked.
Investment Rating: Accumulation
Ya gotta have plenty of confidence in anyone who can hit .311 with over 30 home runs across a full season of ball. Therefore, you can be just as confident as you accumulate these and other Rafael Devers rookie cards. Even with the monster 2019 season, Rafael’s rookie cards have yet to officially “explode” in value. So sit back, pick one up here and there, and wait for it for the sparks to fly.
Grab enough of this low-hanging fruit and chances are you’ll be moving out of the accumulation phase and into the profit-taking phase in no time flat.
Investment Rating Score Card: 8 out of 10 (the rewards seem to far outweigh the risks).