After an amazing breakout season in 2016, the value of Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts’ rookie cards have skyrocketed.
And the upward trend doesn’t appear to slow down anytime soon with the Red Sox well positioned this season to make a serious run for the World Series with Betts as an integral part of the team.
We take a look at three of his rookie cards that any collector would be happy to own.
2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph #BCAPMB
If you’re going to spend on one rookie card to invest in, the Bowman Chrome autographed card featuring Betts wearing his Boston Red Sox uniform is the one that should hold the strongest value.
It doesn’t hurt the autograph is on-card and there are plenty of colored refractors available to collect for those looking for serial-numbered versions of the card.
For a baseball player that is in the top tier of young Major Leaguers with very special offensive and defensive talents, the base auto is relatively affordable.
Value (as of Feb. 2017): $400 (BGS Graded 9.5/10 base auto)
2014 Topps Heritage High Number #H558
When it comes to a throwback look for a rookie card, the 2014 Topps Heritage set has a really clean appearance.
What makes it better for a collector looking for good value on Betts’ rookie cards is this particular one was issued as a high number in factory sets.
It makes this non-autographed card, which does have an ‘RC’ tag, somewhat limited but still accessible to add to your collection. Betts did sign some of these cards as well for those looking exclusively for autographed cards.
Value (as of Feb. 2017): $150 (BGS Graded 9.5/non-auto)
2014 Topps Chrome Update Series RC #US20
This is a great, readily available base rookie card released shortly after he was called up midway through the 2014 season.
The Chrome version gives it a nice shine and it has the ‘RC’ tag too.
The non-graded versions can be had for cheap if you’re just looking to add to your Mookie Betts’ collection. But the graded ones aren’t expensive either.
Value (as of Feb. 2017): $75 (PSA GEM-MT 10)