Bo Bichette was born into baseball.
His father, Dante, was a four time All Star and one of the more feared sluggers in the league during his prime, leading the National League in home runs in 1995 and racking up nearly 300 round trippers for his career.
Although being home schooled, the younger Bichette played baseball for a Lakewood High School in Saint Petersburg, Florida. The young infielder’s senior season was one for the record books, as he hit .569 with 13 home runs while being crowned the Gatorade/USA Today Florida Player of the Year.
Selected in the second round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft by the Toronto Blue Jays, Bichette quickly worked his way through the minors and made his MLB debut in 2019. Although only playing 46 games, he hit 11 home runs, had 61 knocks, and hit .311, showing more than flashes of his potential playing at the highest level.
The younger Bichette is already halfway to his father’s total of ASG nods. He’s been named in All Star twice and also led the league in hits in 2021 and 2022.
Although he’s been on the injured list, Bichette has generally been a durable player who is typically good for 25 to 30 home runs, 20-plus steals and a near .300 average from the middle infield. Project that same solid level of production for the next ten years, and you have a Hall-of-Famer on your hands.
In our newest Better Than a Box, we offer four great Bichette bangers in place of a 2023 Topps Chrome hobby box.
Chrome is one of the most eagerly anticipated releases each season. Standard Hobby boxes (currently priced at a shade under $200) consist of 24 packs with one Chrome autograph per box. It’s filled with rookies, solid autos and a nice amount of color. There’s no argument that Chrome is a strong product and one of the top sellers each and every season, but considering Bichette’s bright future, we snared four cards of his from across the spectrum you can own long term for about the same price and avoid the gamble.
The Rookie Card
For 20 bucks or less, you can grab an already graded 2020 Bowman Bo Bichette PSA 10 rookie card. An affordable first year card of this perennial all-star and perennial 200 hit-getter can be had for an Andrew Jackson. Come on, you spend $20 on far worse than this crisp, clean, classic rookie card. This will leave us a nice chunk of change to round out our collection. It also offers a great image of baby Bichette at the dish, leg raised and coiled, ready to tee off on the incoming pitch.
The Autograph Card
Speaking of needing a chunk of change for the rest of our collection, our autograph of choice comes from Bo’s rookie year in the form of a 2020 Topps Tier One Break Out on card autograph. This is a gorgeous hard signed autograph, numbered to 299, in a high-end product. The card screams quality, and it shows a great image of Bichette getting ready to gun someone down from the shortstop position with his dark locks and chain flowing. Sales come in right around 100-125 smackers, so this will take about half of our budget, but just take one look at that card. It’s well worth it.
The Memorabilia Card
Topps Tribute always offers some great relic type cards and this is one of them. Multiple swatches of game-used material and the great image on the front really set this one apart. Numbered to just 75 with a photo of Bichette throwing on the move, it’s a great addition to our group of four cards for $20 or less.
The Serial Numbered Card
We round out the collection with yet another rookie year card of the double hitting machine. For the final card, we head over to the budget friendly 2020 Bowman Platinum line and the blue parallel numbered to 150. For around 17 bucks or less, you can grab a parallel that matches the Blue Jays color scheme, carries a relatively low serial number and is a true rookie card (not to mention it’s just overall a great looking card with a 90s vibe).
So there you have it. We offer a nice quartet of Bichette for a price that’s about 25 less than what you’ll pay for the 2023 Topps Chrome baseball box.
As always, the choice is yours.