AL ROY Cards to Collect
Baltimore battled for the MLB’s longest Rookie of the Year drought title until 2023, second only to the Padres. Then came Gunnar Henderson, an Alabama native who traveled eastward only to become B-More’s first unanimous AL Rookie of the Year and rook to win the coveted honor since Gregg Olson in 1989. The 2019 second-rounder exceeded expectations and boosted the franchise’s reputation for birthing stars straight outta their farm system. Some esteemed alumni include Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr., as well as Henderson’s teammate and emerging star, Adley Rutschman, man that group. Given Gunnar Henderson’s role in the Orioles’ recent success, and the increasing popularity of his trading cards, we couldn’t resist sharing a list of some of the top AL Rookie of the Year’s rookie cards and more. Check it out.
2020 Topps Pro Debut #PD171 Gunnar Henderson Auto Green /99
We decided to kick this list off with a some heat. And what gets the people going like a player’s first card with a brand? The 2020 Topps Pro Debut #PD171 Gunnar Henderson commenced Topps’ partnership with the Orioles’ 2019 second-round pick. This bad boy also flaunts an auto, and its green parallel is one of 99. The value of this Henderson prospect card continues to climb, but a few are floating around on the Internet. Happy Hunting!
2020 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects #TOP-70 Gunnar Henderson
Like the card previously mentioned, the 2020 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects #TOP-70 Gunnar Henderson is not a rookie card. But it’s still one of Henderson’s earliest cards, making it of value. Look at the baby face on the 2023 AL Rookie of the Year. The pup now runs with the big dogs.
2019 Gunnar Henderson Bowman Chrome Draft #BDC22
Trading card collectors go crazy for first Bowman’s, and here’s Henderson’s inaugural foray into the Bowman Chrome world. This is arguably the most valuable Henderson card one can find in terms of ROI. Yes. It’s a big deal.
2022 MLB TOPPS NOW® Card #819 Gunnar Henderson
Baltimore promoted Henderson to its active roster before its August 31, 2022 tilt with Cleveland. The 21-year-old thanked the organization by christening his Big League career with a homer off the Guardians’ Tristan McKenzie. Topps took advantage of the moment from B-More’s top prospect and turned it into this beaut above. And the legend continues.
2021 Bowman 1st Edition #BFE49 Gunnar Henderson Black Foil
Another first edition from Henderson and one of his sauciest cards, the 2021 Bowman 1st Edition #BFE49 Gunnar Henderson Black Foil, aesthetically pleases with the black foil look that accentuates Baltimore’s colors. Due to its limited number (we don’t know how many physical copies are out there), this is an extremely hard card to find. With that said, it’s well worth the hunt.
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