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If you’re more than a casual baseball fan, chances are you’ve heard of Wander Franco. In fact, you may be getting slightly annoyed by how much you’ve heard of him. At age 19, Wander has quickly ascended to the number 1 prospect in the land. While doing so he’s reduced many scouts and pundits to gushing like they’re Tom Cruise on Oprah’s couch (trampoline). Therefore, the Wander Franco rookie card market has gone BONKERS.
While the amount of hype is hard to stomach, it appears to be warranted. So far, in just over a full MLB season worth of minor league at-bats, Franco has notched 20 home runs to go along with 110 RBI and a .336 average. Throw in 22 bags and the fact he simply DOES NOT STRIKEOUT (54 over 768 plate appearances), and the reason for the drooling scouts becomes quite clear.
This leads us to the 2021 season where it appears likely he’ll make his big league debut. Therefore, you can expect the Wander Franco rookie card market to ramp up as we approach his soon to be rookie season. While the cards below aren’t “true” rookie cards, there the best we have to work with right now. And to be honest, many Bowman Chrome prospect cards end up being the most lucrative for investing. Let’s get the party started!
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Wander Franco Rookie Card Run Down
2019 Bowman Chrome (Buy on eBay)
When it comes to rookie cards, Bowman Chrome has got it on lock. So it should come as no surprise to see the most valuable Wander Franco rookie cards in this set. For instance, an autographed red refractor has sold for north of FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. And guess what? The card wasn’t even a perfect 10! In addition to that, there have been many others from this set that have sold for some truly eye-popping numbers.
2019 Bowman Chrome Draft (Buy this Wander Franco rookie card on eBay)
This autographed “superfractor” has become a very popular (and very expensive) Wander Franco rookie card. Perhaps it’s Wander’s cool demeanor displayed in this no-helmet card that has collectors going nuts. Or maybe it’s the close-up of that sharp haircut. Either way, the card is selling for more than 3 grand. Enough said.
2019 Bowman Megabox (Find Bargain on eBay)
Big cards can mean BIG price tags. So it is with the Wander Franco found in this set. The card features what appears to be a triumphant Wander as he rounds the bases during a home run trot. And if you own the card you might be feeling just as triumphant when Wander continues his minor league onslaught in 2021.
Non-Bowman Wander Franco Rookie Cards (Buy on eBay)
Whether its a Panini, Leaf, Topps, or one of the others, as long as it has Wander Franco and his signature are on it, there’s value. In many cases, a value that has exceeded (or is quickly approaching) the four-digit mark.
Wander Franco rookie card 2020?? (Buy on eBay)
While these usually won’t fetch the same prices as his 2019 cards, many investors who are looking for a more moderate investment are attracted to Wander’s cards from 2020. For instance, the card shown above is an autographed Bowman Orange Refractor in GEM MINT condition. When compared to some of the values of his 2019 Bowman sets, this Wander Franco rookie card is a bargain. So if you’re not quite sold on Wander but love his potential, step into 2020.
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Wander Franco Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
Look, the potential is clear but the kid hasn’t even made it to AA yet. With such little track record to go on, the value of these Wander Franco rookie cards seems to be FAR outpacing the actual on-field performance. That said, we all know how the market can respond just on hype alone. We love an investment leading up to his rookie season with the attention of selling prior to his debut. Holding on and seeing how he handles big-league pitching is a different story. One we’re much less fond of. 8.5/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
History is full of “can’t miss” prospects that never live up to the hype. Heck, just in the past few years we’ve seen the likes of Byron Buxton, Archie Bradley, Jurickson Profar, Lewis Brinson, and Blake Swihart all dwindle into relative obscurity when compared to their lofty prospect status. Going back even further we can find names like Colby Rasmus, Jason Heyward, Nick Castellanos, and Taijun Walker. See how his first year goes before thinking further ahead. 5/10
Long (5 years plus)
Many of these former “can’t missers” go on to have fine MLB careers. The problem is a “fine” career doesn’t exactly equate to a valuable baseball card. What if Franco wanders (pun intended) off his projected path and goes the way of these previously mentioned players? Let’s just say that Bowman Chrome Red Refractor won’t be selling for $50k any longer. As we just said, get a feel for what kind of big leaguer he will be before thinking this far ahead. 2/10
Time to switch gears to the NBA! Here are some of the top rookie cards heading into 2021: