Are you interested in learning what the top baseball card values and investments are for 2022? What ARE the best 2022 baseball cards to buy and invest in? Who are the most valuable players to target? The 2022 MLB season is underway, and with the 2022 baseball card release dates cascading into the sports card landscape, sports card collectors are eager to find the best sports card values to invest in! Read on to reveal the best baseball cards to target and buy for 2022.
Best 2022 Baseball Cards to Buy
Bobby Witt Jr. – Best 2022 Baseball Cards
Third Base / Kansas City Royals
Bobby Witt Jr. is now in the majors and starting to show why he was drafted as the #2 draft pick for the Kansas City Royals. Witt Jr. brings a load of baseball talent and collector expectations are high being the son of a former #1 MLB draft pick. Here are some of the top Bobby Witt Jr. sports cards to invest in.
2020 Bowman Chrome Bobby Witt Jr. Prospect Autographs #CPA-BWJ
This Bobby Witt Jr. autograph is the card most sought by baseball card collectors. The sports card depicts the illustrious “1st Bowman” logo with Witt Jr. in action. The card boasts a hard on-card signature – something that’s harder and harder to find for autographed sports cards in 2022. And if you’re budget enables you to invest in serial numbered parallel autograph version the ROI rewards will be richer.
Parallels: Base Refractor (/499), Speckle (/299), Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Atomic (/100), Green (/99), Green Shimmer (/99), Yellow (/75), Gold (/50), Gold Shimmer (/50), Orange (/25), Orange Shimmer (/25), Red (/5), Red Shimmer (/5), SuperFractor (1/1), Printing Plates (1/1).
Wander Franco – Best 2022 Baseball Cards
Shortstop / Tampa Bay Rays
Wander Franco is now in the “The Big Show” – for good! The past couple years the sports collector buzz and hype has been loud for Franco while playing predominantly in the minors. Franco has all the tools to be a superstar. Wander has dominated at every minor league level and is carrying that into the major leagues for 2022. Wander already already has over 1,700 different Wander Franco cards in the sports card marketplace. That number is only going to continue to grow. Here are a couple key Wander Franco cards to target for investment.
2018 Elite Extra Edition Wander Franco #67
The 2018 Elite Extra Edition is a great alternative brand (versus Topps or Bowman) for rookie sports cards. Initially a Donruss product that’s been circulating in the sports card market for close to 30 years is now produced by Panini. This is an affordable rookie card that offers some prestige. The rookie card is numbered to 999 and includes the foil stock the Elite product line has become known for.
Parallels: Pink, Aspirations Red (/150), Aspirations Orange (/100), Status Die-Cut Red (/99), Aspirations Blue (/75), Status Die-Cut Emerald (/49), Aspirations Tie-Dye (/25), Status Die-Cut Tie-Dye (/10), Aspirations Gold (1/1), Status Die-Cut Gold (1/1)
2019 Bowman Chrome Wander Franco Prospect Autographs #CPA-WF
There’s plenty of Wander Franco autograph sports cards to buy, but the Bowman brand’s prestige is always what wise sports collectors chase. This is Franco’s first rookie autograph card. Franco’s has high sports card investor expectations to live up to. And Wander has been living up to thoise expectations.
Additionally, there’s a variety of premium serial numbered color refractor versions of Wander’s rookie autograph card. In May, 2021, one of Franco’s Red Refractor parallels, numbered 3/5, sold for $193,200. We recommend a strong buy here.
Parallels: Refractors (/499), Speckle Refractors (/299), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Atomic Refractors (/100), Green Refractors (/99), Green Shimmer Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Shimmer Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Orange Shimmer Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Red Shimmer Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
Luis Robert – Best 2022 Baseball Cards
Outfield / Chicago White Sox
Luis Robert was a top rookie card chase in 2018 for sports card investors. The Cuban-born outfielder offers a stacked toolbox of skills: power, average, speed, defense. These are the traits sports card investors eagerly target when prospecting rookies to buy.
In 2021, Robert got hurt and this sidetracked his sport’s card value rise. We love to target prospects that incur this circumstance. Many times when a star prospect gets hurt the card collecting community goes cold in buying the player’s cards. Hence, the injured prospect’s sports cards start to decrease in value. And when that prospect gets healthy, and starts to produce, well there’s usually a very sound investment buy opportunity. And we feel strongly that Luis Robert fits this buying opportunity. Buy now.
2020 Topps Luis Robert Rookie Card #392
The 2020 Topps Luis Robert Rookie Card has the advantage of being part of the Topps flagship line. This card can be found in Topps Series 2 packs and is not his rarest RC card. However, this card offers collectors an affordable option that encompasses the Topps tradition and recognition to obtain a benchmark Robert rookie card. Besides the base version and its many parallels, there are three different variation short prints plus one. So many nice collectable alternatives,
Parallels: Gold Foil, Rainbow Foil, Gold (/2020), Vintage Stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Black (/69), Father’s Day Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Pink (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25), Clear (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Luis Robert #CPA-LR
Luis Robert’s first Bowman Chrome autograph ranks as his keystone card. Bowman, and it’s iconic “1st Bowman” logo emblazoned onto the card, is the “Holy Grail” and likely to outrank virtually all of Robert’s RCs in both value and notoriety. Base versions command hundreds while some of the Refractor parallels run into the thousands.
It’s relevant to note that this was a redemption card distributed in 2018 Bowman Baseball. The expiry date for the card was March 31, 2020. So, this likely will reveal to be very rare over time, as many times redemptions go unclaimed or expired.
Parallels: Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Atomic Refractors (/100), Green Refractors (/99), Green Shimmer Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Shimmer Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Orange Shimmer Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Red Shimmer Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)