Three baseball cards I’d rather have for $1,000 than an Aaron Judge autographed rookie and why

Don’t get me wrong. I think New York Yankees rookie outfielder is a monster, and his accolades are well-deserved this season.

But the hype driving the value of his autographed rookie cards is a little too insane and I suspect it to level off (maybe even depreciate) as Judge continues his career. His level of production seems to be unsustainable although he can still have a highly productive career.

In any case, even if I had the $14,000-plus that it costs now to get one of his autographed refractor cards, I never like buying high. The cost of his 2013 Bowman Chrome base autographed cared (BGS Graded 9.5/10) is more reasonable at roughly $1,000.

But here’s three cards I’d rather have for that kind of money, which I believe will end up being a better investment in the long run.

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  • Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect base autograph (BGS Graded 9.5/10)
    • Here’s a player who’s had his ups and downs once he came into the big leagues as a top prospect. But after a couple of seasons, including this one, showcasing his elite skills, Harper’s future is as bright as any young player’s. Plus an anticipated record-breaking contract next season doesn’t hurt his value in the short-term either.
  • Mookie Betts 2014 Bowman Chrome Black Refractor autograph (BGS Graded 9.5/10)
    • Another highly touted prospect who adjusted well and quickly at the big league level, Betts seems to be on the road to a successful long career with his proven skill set. He also plays for the historic Boston Red Sox ball club, but generally gets overlooked for some reason when it comes to comparing current elite players. His power and speed numbers look legit and continues to back them up this season. On the flip side, you can get a Black Refractor numbered to 99 for just less than a base autograph of Judge’s rookie card right now.
  • Kris Bryant 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft base autograph (BGS Graded 9.5/10)
    • Here’s a generational player that’s accomplished a lot already including rookie of the year honours, NL MVP award, and a World Series championship. Bryant also has 50-home run power many are expecting he’ll reach soon plus he’s on a young team that could win a few more rings in the foreseeable future – yet his base autographed rookie is now being sold for around $1,000 – the same as Judge’s rookie with less than a season under his belt. Doesn’t make sense to me.

Would you still rather have Judge’s rookie over these three?

CK

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