The 5 Best Baseball Cards Of Jordan Lawlar
Jordan Lawlar made his major league debut on September 7, 2023. The highly rated prospect’s debut has been highly anticipated by Diamondbacks fans and prospect collectors alike.
But who is Jordan Lawlar? How did he rise to the big leagues at the tender age of 21? And what are the Jordan Lawlar baseball cards you should be chasing?
Who is Jordan Lawlar?
21-year-old Jordan Lawlar is currently ranked as the #10 prospect in baseball by MLB.com. He was the 6th overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2021 June Amateur Draft.
He signed for the third-highest bonus of that draft, at $6,713,300. The young shortstop has a compact right-handed swing and advanced pitch recognition skills, suggesting a player who could hit for high average and on-base percentages.
Listed at 6’1” and 190 pounds, Lawlar has the potential to continue to add more power to his game as he matures. His defense is behind his offense developmentally, so the Diamondbacks will need to balance that in the big leagues.
MLB.com scouts rank Lawlar’s scouting grades at:
Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 60
As a reminder on scouting grades, players are graded on a 20-80 scale: 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Clearly, scouts like Lawlar’s potential.
Lawlor was summoned to the major leagues on September 7, 2023. Assuming he returns to the majors in 2024, that year should be his “true” rookie card year.
Jordan Lawlar’s Climb to the Majors
After being drafted in 2021, Lawlar made it into two games in the rookie league that year before a shoulder injury ruined his season. He was 2 for 5 in those games with a double and a stolen base, a promising start in an extremely small sample size.
In 2022, he roared through four minor league levels, spending time in rookie ball, A ball, high A, and AA. In AA he was 5.3 years younger than the average player in the league. He also played in the Arizona Fall League that year, but had his season there end due to injury.
Lawlar spent most of the 2023 season in AA, hitting .263/.366/.474 with 15 home runs in 89 games. He then got the call to AAA, where he appeared in 16 games, hitting .358/.438/.612 with 5 home runs prior to his callup and major league debut.
Lawlar appeared in both the 2022 and 2023 Futures Games, further proof of his blue-chip status. As of this writing, Lawlar has only appeared in a handful of major league games. Fans, collectors, and the Diamondbacks will be watching closely to see how he performs.
The Top 5 Best Jordan Lawlar Prospect Cards
Despite just making his major league debut, Jordan Lawlar has already appeared on 1,980 cards according to the Trading Card Database (TCDB.com).
Any top 5 list will be subjective, incomplete, etc. We’re sticking to base cards here, plus one autograph for good measure. We could do a Top 5 of just autographed cards, inserts, or parallels (and maybe we will – let us know if you’d like to see that).
Also, know that there is a rainbow of parallel versions available for most of these releases, which offer a tougher chase and higher prices.
5. 2021 Bowman Draft 1st Edition Jordan Lawlar #BD-194
The Bowman 1st Edition offering of Jordan Lawlar is the 1st on our list. While only a little over 130 copies have been graded, and most are PSA 10s, these don’t sell for big dollars. In a PSA 10 slab, these have been going for around $20 of late. A nice low-price Lawlar if you’re looking to dip your toes into the Lawlar space.
4. 2021 Bowman Draft Jordan Lawlar #BD-194
The paper version of the 2021 Bowman Draft has been graded a surprisingly low 184 times by PSA. Of those, about 74% are in PSA 10 slabs. In that condition, they sell for around $40. With the high PSA 10 percentage and low price, I’d stick to PSA 10s if you’re picking one up.
3. 2021 Bowman Draft Chrome Jordan Lawlar #BDC-194
The highest PSA population card on our list, and the premium Chrome version of the 1st Bowman. The higher (but not overpopulated high) population keeps prices in check. Recent sales have been in the $30-50 range. A much tougher Image variation version is available if you’re looking for a bigger challenge.
2. 2021 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Jordan Lawlar #BDC-194
With a PSA population around the midpoint for the cards on our list, the 2021 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition sells for more than the other base cards on this list.
We’re seeing that more and more, with Sapphire proving a popular offering. This one has a roughly 50% rate of PSA 10s, which is lower than many cards on the list. In a PSA 10 slab, it still sells for a reasonable $50-75.
1. 2021 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Pick Autographs #CDA-JLA
The autographed version of the premium chrome offering is unsurprisingly the #1 card on our list. With a PSA population of around 350, these are rare enough to have value but not so rare as to be impossible to find. In a PSA slab, the last sale was for $320.
The 5 Best Jordan Lawlar Cards: PSA Populations & Recent Comps
|Card||Total PSA Pop||Recent Sale Pop||Recent Sale Price|
|2021 Bowman Draft 1st Edition Jordan Lawlar #BD-194||134||PSA 10 = 109||PSA 10 = $20|
|2021 Bowman Draft Jordan Lawlar #BD-194||184||PSA 10 = 136||PSA 10 = $40|
|2021 Bowman Draft Chrome Jordan Lawlar #BDC-194a||861||PSA 10 = 511||PSA 10 = $30-50|
|2021 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Jordan Lawlar #BDC-194||355||PSA 10 = 177||PSA 10 = $50-75|
|2021 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Pick Autographs #CDA-JLA||349||PSA 10 = 205||PSA 10 = $320|
Other early career Jordan Lawlar baseball cards of note
Jordan Lawlar made his cardboard debut in 2019, two seasons before he was even drafted. That is thanks to his participation on the USA National Team. He appears on a number of cards in the 2019 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes offering.
Again in 2020, Lawlar appeared on cards again while still in in high school. This time he appears on cards in the 2020 Leaf Perfect Game and 2020 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes. Prices for pre-draft unlicensed cards tend to lag behind those of 1st Bowman, although some of the rarer and signed cards can hold some value.
In 2021, in addition to the 1st Bowman offerings mentioned above, Lawlar appeared on cards from Leaf, Onyx, Panini, and Pro Set. The 2021 Bowman’s Best card is another worth checking out. It’s got a very low PSA population, but raw copies are far more plentiful.
In 2022, Lawlar appeared on over 950 cards. Perhaps the most desirable is the 2022 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs. Lawlar has already appeared on close to 400 cards in 2023, with more likely to come. These include cards on products by Bowman, Donruss, Onyx, and Panini.
Final thoughts on the Best Jordan Lawlar Cards
Jordan Lawlar is a major leaguer at 21 years of age, and has the potential to be a good one. Sure, prospects can break your heart, but Lawlar looks to have a chance to be a good one. If you’re high on Lawlar, prices on his cards are still fairly reasonable, so it may be time to buy.
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