It’s been said many times that card collecting can be very similar to the stock market, especially with rookie cards and prospecting. In the blink of an eye, a card’s value can jump to new heights or fall to record lows. Think back over the years of all the “sure-fire” or “can’t miss” prospects that did, in fact, miss. Names like Kevin Maas, Brien Taylor, Bubba Starling, and Yasiel Puig all saw their card values rise and fall in very short periods of time for a variety of reasons including injury and simply not living up to (possibly lofty) expectations.
While the next man mentioned is a household name in the baseball world, he has been vastly overlooked in the hobby….until very recently. Christian Yelich, the reigning National League MVP, has steadily seen his stats improve every season since his debut in 2013. Even with an MVP season last year in which he hit .326 with 36 home runs, 110 runs batted in, and 187 hits, it so far looks as if he may actually post a better overall season in 2019 than he did in 2018. With that being the case, Major League Baseball should go ahead and begin working on his second MVP award.
When a player is drafted into the Marlins farm system, it’s almost a guarantee that they will have a breakout season in Miami and then find themselves in another uniform within a short amount of time. Christian Yelich was no different. After two consecutive productive seasons in 2016 and 2017, Yelich found himself being traded to Milwaukee for a package of young prospects. Then, he did what any great young Marlins stud does once they leave Florida, they perform even better than they did when they were in the Sunshine State. For that, the Brewers are extremely thankful.
Yelich may have won the NL MVP in 2018, but collectors seemed to still be unsure whether or not it was a fluke or the just the first piece of hardware for what will be an illustrious career. Well, it seems as if the hobby has finally taken notice and started opening their wallets for the top rookie and prospect cards of Yelich after three straight breakout seasons.
One Yelich rookie card in particular, the 2013 Topps Update #US290, has seen an increase over the past two weeks like few other cards in the hobby will ever see. Just two weeks ago during the first week of the 2019 MLB season, PSA 10 copies of the card were selling on the secondary market for approximately $40. Now a mere 17 games in, copies of this card are fetching roughly $130-$140 consistently on eBay. It surprising to see a card’s value jump that much (300% or more) in such a short amount of time. But, it’s not that surprising when it belongs to such an amazing hitter that should be a perennial MVP candidate for years to come.
Christian Yelich made his first appearance on a trading card with 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects in what is labeled his “1st Bowman Card.” However, his rookie cards (identified by the designated RC logo) appear in a multitude of 2013 products. In the years between those two sets, Yelich appeared in several other sets including Topps Heritage Minors, Topps Pro Debut, and Panini Select. To see more of the rookie and prospect Christian Yelich cards available, you can view the list below.
Other Christian Yelich rookie and prospect cards to consider:
2011 Topps Heritage Minor League
2011 Topps Pro Debut
2011 Upper Deck World of Sports
2012 Bowman Platinum
2012 Topps Heritage Minor League
2012 Topps Pro Debut
2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions
2013 Bowman Platinum
2013 Topps Chrome
2013 Topps Heritage Minor League
2013 Topps Pro Debut
2013 Topps Update
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