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When Ronald Acuna Jr. was called up to “The Show” in 2018, the rookie phenom came as advertised displaying both power and speed, and so Ronald Acuna Jr. rookie cards were in demand from the get.
Plus Acuna continues to be part of an exciting young core that should help the Atlanta Braves contend in the post-season for years to come.
While his top prospect pedigree has increased the value of his autograph rookie cards, it still has the potential to go higher if Acuna is able to reach his full potential.
Here are the three rookie cards we like best.
1. Ronald Acuna 2017 Bowman Chrome Rookie Auto Autograph RC Braves
His 2017 Bowman Chrome autograph rookie card should be on any prospect collector’s list.
And there are a number of colored refractor cards available for those looking for more limited numbered sets.
Plus this rookie card features Acuna in his Braves uniform and the on-card autograph adds to the card’s value.
2. RONALD ACUNA 2017 TOPPS HERITAGE RC REAL ONE AUTOGRAPH SP AUTO
For collectors who can’t afford the premium value of Bowman Chrome rookie cards, the Topps Heritage autograph rookie cards are a very nice consolation.
While this card doesn’t feature Acuna in his Major League uniform, it does have him in a nice profile shot wearinig his Florida Fire Frogs uniform.
The autograph is also on-card, which is a nice touch.
3. 2017 Bowman’s Best Ronald Acuna Best of 2017 RC Auto
The 2017 Bowman’s Best Ronald Acuna rookie card is another nice addition for prospect collectors.
This one has a photograph of Acuna batting and the autograph is on-card as well.
A graded card is also more affordable than the aforementioned Topps Heritage and Bowman Chrome rookie cards.
MORE ON RONALD ACUNA JR.: Ronald Acuna Jr. was signed by the Atlanta Braves as an international free agent in July 2014, at the age of just 16.
And he didn’t disappoint in his rookie season when hje quickly established himself as one of the most exciting players in the league. He hit .293 with 26 home runs and 64 RBIs, earning him National League Rookie of the Year honors.
Acuna’s speed was also apparent as he stole 16 bases and was caught just three times.
In 2019, Acuna continued to build on his success from his rookie year when he hit .280 with 41 home runs and 101 RBIs, becoming the youngest player in MLB history to hit 40 home runs and steal 30 bases in a season.
Acuna also won a Silver Slugger award and was named to the All-Star team for the first time.
He continued to dominate in the 2020 season and despite the shortened 60-game season, Acuna hit .250 with 14 home runs and 29 RBIs that year. He also stole eight bases and was caught just once. But his 2020 season was cut short due to a torn ACL in his right knee.
Since his return from the injury, Acuna has produced good numbers but not yet to what he produce prior to the ACL surgery.
Still, there’s plenty of potential for Acuna and those who believe might want to pick up some Ronald Acuna baseball cards whose values have seen a dip starting in 2023.
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