Last year, Willie Calhoun showed some MASSIVE potential. Which means, there’s just as much potential in a sound Willie Calhoun rookie card investment strategy (related: Gavin Lux Rookie Cards)!
In what was a breakout season for the young slugger, Calhoun posted 21 long balls to go with 48 RBI in only half a season of at-bats. We, like many others, believe even bigger things are in store once he has his first full (and hopefully healthy) season in the bigs.
Worried about regression? Check out that OBP (a healthy 50 points above his .269 average) and his relatively low strike-out clip. They seem to say otherwise!
Top 5 Willie Calhoun Rookie Cards
There’s quite a few out there but here are some we have our eyes on (eyes that are currently bulging out of our head, to be precise).
If Willie has establishes himself with that first full season of productive ball, collector’s who loaded up on these will be singing a VERY happy tune.
2016 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
Talk about a buying opportunity. Bowman Chrome sets the standard for high-end rookie cards and this one definitely fits the bill.
You’re gonna wanna be on the lookout for the autograph or refactor versions for the biggest value. Or better yet, go ahead and snag one with BOTH an autograph and refactor tag.
We could look at that sweet swing all day long (is he lacing a single to opposite field??).
2018 Topps Opening Day Black Foil (Find Bargain on eBay)
A rare card that needs to be in any serious collector’s tacklebox. The card shows off Willie’s natural “batter’s eye” (seems like he’s looking for a change-up) and features a dark background that makes his bright home jersey really POP.
This one’s going to set you back a bit, but at the end of the day, it could be well worth it.
Hey, it better’s to wear a Black Foil hat than a tin foil one any day!
2018 Panini Flawless (Find Bargain on eBay)
Nothing screams authenticity like a beautiful piece of game fabric. The crisp, clean background and autograph add some icing on the cake. Slap and reasonable purchase price on it and you’ve got yourself the TOTAL package.
2017 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects (Find Bargain on eBay)
It may not be a Bowman Chrome, but this platinum card is a GIANT in its own right. Look for it with an autograph for added collectibility. Better yet, seek out the Orange refractor AND autograph for an even nicer payday.
2018 Donruss Optic Holo Prizm (Find Bargain on eBay)
While this is the lowest on our list in terms of value, it’s number one in terms of nostalgia. Who can resist that vintage Donruss “Rated Rookie” font in the top left corner? Time to take a trip down memory lane (and a very inexpensive trip at that……FOR NOW).
Looking for a more proven player to throw some money at? Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards never go out of style!
Investment Rating: Opportunity Galore
Unlike some of the more proven young sluggers (Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna) you can still get Willie Calhoun rookie cards at an affordable price. If his first full season of at-bats lives up to the potential he flashed in 2019, WATCH OUT. Safe to say the cards won’t be so affordable any longer.
With the lack of big-league experience and slow career start (the cups of coffee in 2017 and 2018 were sub-par at best), there’s definitely some risk here. However, Willie showed what he’s truly capable of in his first real shot on the big stage. We’re betting that trend continues. The real question is, WILL YOU?
Investment Rating Score Card: 7 out of 10 (decent risk but a VERY high reward).