If you missed out on a Vlad Guerrero Jr. rookie card when his prospect hype was at its highest, now may be a great time to retest the market. While Vlad’s first two seasons in the big leagues certainly haven’t been a disaster, they fell short of what many fans and collectors were hoping for. However, it’d be wise to remember that he’s still only 21 years old – still FAR from his prime years. On top of that, it looks there are signs of maturity as Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s epic weight loss is a sign he’s taking the game seriously.
In addition to the more streamlined exterior, Vlad’s play this spring is also something that’s been raising some eyebrows. While it’s a small sample size and only exhibition games, Vlad Jr. harnessed his inner old man by hitting .421 with a .511 OBP and an absurd 1.247 OPS. Oh, and he only struck out a total of just 5 times throughout the entire spring. We don’t about y’all but that kind of camp makes us hungry to see the real thing.
At the end of the day, if you combine Vlad’s decent showing in his first two seasons along with another year of age, the shedding of a few pounds, and a blistering-hot spring training there are plenty of reasons to think this could be his breakout season. And if that happens, you’ll notice a resurgence in the Vlad Guerrero Jr. rookie card market. In other words, now could be a great time to get in early on one of the following cards!
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Best Vlad Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card Options
2016 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
If you’re really bullish on a Vlad breakout, this is the card you’ll need to be paying attention to. For starters, it’s the most popular of Vlad’s rookie cards. Secondly, it has some pretty valuable variations. If you’re looking to drop a decent amount take a look at a Green Refractor Auto like the card shown above. Sure, it’ll cost ya, but that just means an even bigger reward if that breakout 2021 hits.
2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire (Find Bargain on eBay)
Unlike the card above, this one is a true rookie card for Vlad’s 2019 debut season. Another great card if you’re looking to turn in a sizeable investment on your Vlad Guerrero Jr. rookie card. If you’re looking to go all-in seek out that Red or Purple refractor option.
2019 Topps Heritage (Buy on eBay)
A more suitable investment for those looking to take a more casual approach. Unlike the last two cards, think hundreds, not thousands of dollars if you want one in your collection. In addition to the affordable price, the Topps Heritage collection has turned out to be one of the most popular sets in recent years. And it’s easy to see why – who doesn’t like to remember what cards USED to look like. If you’re not big on patches, holograms, sparkles, etc. This is your card.
2016 Bowman’s Best (Buy This Vlad Jr. Rookie Card on eBay)
If you’re looking for an earlier edition “prospect” Vlad Guerrero Jr. rookie card and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, opt for this card from Bowman instead of the Chrome we talked about earlier. A card that appears to show Vlad in batting practice taking a full following through and surely ripping the cover off the ball. Something we’re hoping to see a lot of in 2021.
2019 Topps “No Number” (Buy on eBay)
An error card AND a rookie card combined?? Count us in! It’s the exact same card as the Sapphire Edition we just talked about minus the glitz and glam that comes with a card from the Chrome collection. That and it’s missing the card number! On top of the misprint, another great feature about this card is its price. Even grade 10 PSA cards are still available for less than $250. For now anyway! If Vlad continues the hot spring break into the regular season we could easily see the dame card skyrocket towards $1,000. Enough said?
What is a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card Worth?
It goes without saying that it depends on the card. Or at least it should! However, some of the high-end cards like the 2016 Chrome we posted above can go for thousands of dollars if they receive a high enough grade from PSA or Beckett. Meanwhile, you can find a standard base card few less than a buck. Quite the difference. Regardless of whether you own a $2,000 Auto Refractor or a $0.55 Topps Update base card, we have a feeling they’ll all be worth more once Vlad starts lining ropes all over the field this summer!
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Vlad Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card Investment Strategy
Short (1 year or less)
Call it a hunch, but we’re firm believers that Vlad will have his best year so far. He’s in shape, has another year of experience under his belt, just finished a torrid spring, and is a flat-out natural hitter. Expect an increase in both the power and average. Sounds like a break-out to us. 8/10
Medium (1 to 3 years)
Once Vlad has the break-out year we’d expect only better things to come. If he can string along a couple of great seasons at the plate you’ll be glad you passed up on the short-term profits. We can’t fault anyone who wants to hold on and see what Vlad can do in his age 23, 24, and 25 seasons. 8/10
Long (3 years plus)
For obvious reasons, a lot depends on how Vlad does over the next year or two. However, if he turns a couple of seasons like we expect you can only figure Vlad is here to stay. And if that’s the case you can feel great about stashing a few Vlad Guerrero Jr. rookie cards away for the long haul. 7/10
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