He was the 11th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft but the climb through the minors can be tough. Players sometimes can sometimes drift out of collectors’ consciousness for a bit. It’s safe to say Kyle Lewis rookie cards are back on the radar.
After losing a year to injury, Lewis turned heads in September 2019 when he became the second player in major league history to homer in each of his first three MLB games. Since then, he’s validated the faith the Seattle Mariners placed in him coming out of Mercer University. He compares favorably According to Lookout Landing, which covers all things Mariners, the fact that Lewis “is already showing an advanced batter’s eye while outproducing past 11th overall picks at the same stages of their nascent careers is nothing short of extraordinary.”
Kyle Lewis Prospect and Rookie Cards
Lewis can be found on baseball trading cards as far back as 2016, with the always significant 1st Bowman Chrome and 1st Bowman Chrome Auto, all of which have been seeing spikes in recent weeks and months. Bowman Chrome Autographs and the many parallel versions that come with it are, as always, the gold standard. The lower the serial number and higher the grade, the more expensive it will be.
Official Kyle Lewis rookie cards appear in 2020 baseball products, however. Below are some sample picks among his top tier, medium level and starter cards.
1. 2020 Immaculate Collection Kyle Lewis JSY Auto /99 RC
This card would be toward the top of any RC list. Although it may lose a few points for the lack of official MLB logos as a Panini-branded product, it’s a beautiful card witha nice multi colored jersey piece accompanied with an on card autograph numbered to 99.
2. 2020 Topps Five Star Autographs Kyle Lewis RC
Topps Five Star always delivers with the very classy, almost artistic like product and this card is no different. It’s a beautiful on- card auto of Lewis at the plate ready to take a cut at the next pitch he sees. At current prices, it’s an attractive option.
3. 2020 Panini Absolute Kyle Lewis Auto RC /99
A personal favorite, as it’s hard to find something more appealing to the eye and more iconic than an autograph on the sweet spot of a baseball. Popularized by Upper Deck years ago, Panini Absolute has been following suit for some time now and this Kyle Lewis example is an autographed rookie card option that’s affordable.
Middle of the Pack
1. 2020 Topps Chrome Kyle Lewis RC
There are few products that have become more synonymous and ingrained in the hobby than Topps Chrome. This is a nice flagship rookie card of the young prospect. Of course, there are a number of color and numbered variations and parallels for collectors looking for something a little more scarce.
2. 2020 Donruss Optic Kyle Lewis RC– Yet another product and brand that has become entrenched in the hobby is that of Optic. A brand that is wildly popular in basketball and football could easily become a baseball staple in years to come. This is a nice, affordable Lewis rookie card to pick up at the moment.
3. 2020 Kyle Lewis Prizm RC– Prizm is another product that’s relatively new to the baseball market but has sold exponentially well in other sports. This is a medium to lower end rookie card at the moment but that could change quickly with a continued banner season from the Mariners young star.
1. 2020 Topps Big League Kyle Lewis RC
This card comes from a product that’s affordable to literally anyone collecting baseball cards. Big League now offers a number of colored parallels as well as potential autograph hits, making this one of the best bang for the buck Lewis cards (and products) in the market.
2. 2020 Topps Opening Day Kyle Lewis RC
As you might infer by its name, this is one of the first products on the market each year. The card design is nearly a mirror image of the Topps card with the exception of the now famous Opening Day logo. This is a great entry level card for an entry level collector.
3. 2020 Select Kyle Lewis RC-This is a cost effective card that hails from a product that has seen great increases with rookie cards over the years in various sports. It’s a great option to pick up for a few dollars today for a card and player with real growth potential. The card has a high end appearance and has the opportunity to be a higher end price tag in the future.
If you want a larger picture of which cards are considered the current most popular Kyle Lewis rookie cards, however, check out the ‘most watched’ auction list below.