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After an amazing breakout season in 2016, the value of former Boston Red Sox and current Los Angeles Dodgers 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 Mookie Betts Rookie Cards
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.
2014 Topps Heritage Real One Autograph Mookie Betts Rookie Cards
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 also has an ‘RC’ tag and an autograph, and somewhat limited but still accessible to add to your collection.
There’s also a non-autograph card for those on a budget.
2014 Topps Chrome Update Series #US20 Mookie Betts Rookie Cards
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.
MORE INFO ON MOOKIE BETTS: As a five-tool player, Mookie Betts has shown his capability on both offense and defense, ever since being drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB draft.
Betts was called up to the Red Sox in 2014, playing 52 games and batting .291 with five home runs and seven stolen bases. The following year, he became a regular starter in the outfield, and batted .291 with 18 home runs, 77 RBI, and 21 stolen bases, earning him a second-place finish in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.
But his breakout year came in 2016, when he was named an All-Star for the first time. That season, he batted .318 with 31 home runs, 113 RBI, and 26 stolen bases. He also won a Gold Glove award and continued to perform at a high level in 2017 and 2018, earning another All-Star selection and two more Gold Glove awards.
Betts was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blockbuster deal in February 2020 and in his first season with the team, he helped lead them to a World Series championship, batting .296 with 16 home runs, 39 RBI, and 10 stolen bases in 55 games. He also won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award.
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