The Top Rookie And Prospect Cards Of 2nd Generation Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one of the most exciting young players in the game. His exploits north of the border have quickly endeared him to fans and collectors alike.
The scary thing is, he seems to be actually getting better and even won the Home Run hitting contest in 2023.
But who is Vladimir Guerrero Jr.? What are his best rookie cards? And what about prospect and pre-rookie cards?
Who is Vladimir Guerrero Jr.?
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has famous bloodlines, as his father is Hall of Fame slugger Vladimir Guerrero Sr. Beyond the name recognition, Vlad the younger was seen as a top prospect in his own right.
Guerrero Jr. rocketed through the minor leagues and made his big league debut in 2019 at the tender age of 20. He put up a solid season and finished 6th in the AL Rookie of the Year voting.
After another solid season in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, Guerrero had a monster season in 2021, leading the league with 48 home runs and in runs scored with 123. He finished 2nd in the AL MVP voting behind two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani.
Guerrero Jr. followed that up with another strong season in 2022 and is off to a hot start in 2023 as of this writing.
Overall, it adds up to a player who is only 24 years old but has played in over 500 big league games already. He has hit 287/.361/.507, good for an OPS of .868 and a 136 OPS+. He has been an All-Star twice and has won a Silver Slugger Award and a Gold Glove.
Guerrero Jr. is off to an impressive start to his career, which makes him a popular target for collectors.
The Top 5 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards
As a great example of an ultra-modern player, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has many rookie cards to choose from. We’ll provide a few of the best options, but in no way is this article an exhaustive list. The Trading Card Database (TCDB.com), Guerrero Jr. appeared on 2,099 cards in 2019.
Interestingly, the gap between Guerrero’s first card appearance in 2015 and his true rookie cards in 2019 is a sizable one.
This is particularly notable as he made his big league debut at only 20 years old. We’ll get to pre-rookie and prospect cards in a moment, but suffice it to say there are lots of options.
Also, being in the ultra-modern era, there are myriad options when it comes to parallels, refractors, and other limited versions. Our list will focus on base cards, but know that there are rarer and more valuable options available for just about every card on this list.
A major theme when looking at Guerrero rookie cards is the absurdly high number of PSA 10s available for each card, as a percentage of the total PSA population.
2019 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #73
Bowman is of course “the home of the rookie card”, so this card is a good place to start our list. With a population approaching 1,400 with over 900 PSA 10s, you’d expect this would be one of the higher pop cards on the list, but it’s not.
Certainly not hard to find in a PSA 10 slab, and won’t break the bank. It’s a nice-looking card, which doesn’t hurt anything. Of course, not being Guerrero’s first Bowman appearance keeps the price on this one down a bit.
2019 Bowman’s Best Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #26
The lowest population card on our top 5, with only 436 graded copies. With almost 350 of those in PSA slabs, the price of a PSA 10 is still rather reasonable in the $25-50 range.
It may provide some opportunity because of the lower pop, although to date this card has been pretty overlooked.
2019 Topps Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #201
The Topps Chrome card has been a popular sub to PSA. It makes sense, being a premium product offering and a nice-looking card to boot. But with over 10,300 copies graded by PSA, and over 8,000 PSA 10s, it’s a bit TOO popular to hold any real value.
That being said, it sells for slightly higher on average than the other cards on this list.
2019 Topps Finest Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #101
Another lower-population card, although with an insane 86% PSA 10 percentage. These are a slight short print in the set, and technically the first pack-issued Vlad rookie card in 2019.
2019 Topps Heritage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #504
Part of the High Number portion of the 2019 Topps Heritage product, these cards sport a design based on the classic 1970 Topps. With a PSA population north of 6,000 graded copies, this is another one that is very far from rare.
In fact, despite the cool retro design, it sells on the low end of all the cards on the list in a PSA 10 slab.
|Card||Total PSA Pop||Recent Sale Pop||Recent Sale Price|
|2019 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #73||1,384||PSA 10 = 928||PSA 10 = $25-50|
|2019 Bowman’s Best Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #26||436||PSA 10 = 349||PSA 10 = $25-50|
|2019 Topps Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #201||10,312||PSA 10 = 8,061||PSA 10 = $45-50|
|2019 Topps Finest Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #101||592||PSA 10 = 510||PSA 10 = $35-50|
|2019 Topps Heritage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #504||6,073||PSA 10 = 4,983||PSA 10 = $25-30|
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Top 5 Pre-Rookie & Prospect Cards
From his pro signing in 2015 as the top-ranked amateur international prospect, Vlad Jr. was seen as a future star. Because of this, he appeared on no shortage of cards during his rise to the show.
Guerrero appeared on 668 cards before his 2019 major league debut season, according to TCDB.com. We’ll highlight five of our favorite from that list.
2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #169
Shortly after being signed, Vlad appeared in two unlicensed Panini products. The total PSA count here is fairly low, with a relatively low PSA 10 total.
But even in one of those PSA 10 slabs, these can be had for around $50. Not bad for the first career card of a star of Vlad’s stature.
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP55
While the PSA population count of this card isn’t low, it’s THE Vladimir Guerrero Jr. base card to get, if you are only going to get one.
As the first Bowman card of the future star, this one should remain popular with collectors for years to come.
2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP32
A Bowman Chrome Prospects card that is neither a 1st Bowman card nor a rookie card. That will keep prices in check, even in a PSA 10 slab.
2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BDC-150
This one has a PSA population of only 1/16th of the Prospects version from the same year. Despite this, it still sells for a pretty reasonable $60-65 in a PSA 10 slab. This one may have a little upside in it with that low population count.
2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP150
Another non-Bowman 1st, non-rookie card Bowman Prospect card. As expected, that holds the value down, although at these prices, it’s probably worth picking one up if you see a good deal.
|Card||Total PSA Pop||Recent Sale Pop||Recent Sale Price|
|2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #169||149||PSA 10 = 36||PSA 10 = $45-50|
|2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP55||5,856||PSA 10 = 3,493||PSA 10 = $130-150|
|2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP32||669||PSA 10 = 491||PSA 10 = $20-30|
|2017 Bowman Draft Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BDC-150||42||PSA 10 = 35||PSA 10 = $60-65|
|2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP150 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.||609||PSA 10 = 325||PSA 10 = $15-35|
Investment thoughts on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie cards and prospect cards
So, are Guerrero cards a good investment at this point? From a career trajectory perspective, Guerrero looks to be improving on is already impressive start to his playing days. If you think he’ll continue to be one of the best hitters in the game, and I do think that’s a solid bet, then there’s likely still upside on some of his cards.
The base cards are generally very affordable, but also high pop in most cases. Still, at the lower price point they’re worth picking up. The upside might not be large, but with the low buy-in, they’re worth owning.
With the absurdly high percentage of the total PSA population of Guerrero cards that are in PSA 10 slabs, I’d think long and hard about buying anything in a lower grade.
Beyond the base cards, it’s worth looking for lower-population base cards. Rarer parallels, autographs, and serial number cards often already have steep prices, but if you can find one for a palatable price with a low population and a lower PSA 10 percentage, that feels like your best bet.
Prospect cards will likely always lag behind, especially unlicensed ones, but if you see one you like for a reasonable price, owning some Vlad 2.0 early career cards should make watching his career unfold even more exciting.
Final thoughts on The Top Rookie and Prospect cards of 2nd Generation Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more exciting young player than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. From a base card perspective, high PSA populations and high percentages of PSA 10s keep prices in check.
But with the wide variety of parallels, autographs, and other cards, there’s some value to be found at a variety of price points.
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