Luis Robert’s minor league career was one sick puppy. He batted a mind-blowing .312 with 35 homers and 63 stolen bags over a total of 200 games. If he can come anywhere close to reproducing those numbers in the first few years in the majors he will go down as one of the best Chicago Whitesox rookies of all time not to mention the MLB.
Robert was born in Havana, Cuba on 8/3/97 and clocks in at 6 ft 3 – 185 pounds. He has a sweet swing to go along with some speed (which will decrease as he packs on more muscle and ages… but his homers will go up as his stolen bags decreases).
He will join an already stacked offense on the North Side with Moncada, Jiminez, Edwin, and Abreu talked about loaded for bear!
We fully expect Robert to come out swinging and be given every chance to succeed in the big leagues. Based on his skills and what he did in the minors a rookie of the year award would not be out of the question by any means (and he won’t have to contend with Gavin Lux as he is in the National League).
With all these positives Luis Robert rookies cards are a hot commodity and should only get hotter once baseball resumes this summer.
Best Luis Robert Rookie Cards for Investment Purposes
Let’s take a look at the best Luis Robert rookie cards for your investment dollar!
2018 Luis Robert Bowman Chrome #21 (buy on eBay)
If you’re only going to buy one Luis Robert rookie card his Bowman Chrome is a super safe bet. Not only does it look gorgeous but it is available in a variety of high-end parallels to include an autograph (the Blue refractor shown above is simply breathtaking).
Card Number: 21
Back of the card: “Fashioned 1.027 OPDS in Dominican Summer League… Went 12 for 15 on steals… Homered in debut as a Whitesox farmhand… Hit .401 in 2016/17… Lean, an athletic hitter with an assortment of tools… Creates an impressive launch angle and bat speed… Keeps hands inside the ball and extends through contact…Runs well for his size“.
2019 Luis Robert Topps Heritage Minor League #154 (buy on eBay)
A super good looking card featuring Luis when he played minor league ball for the Barons. We love the Baron’s wording in the top right-hand corner accompanied by the look on his face as he exudes confidence… this kid is laser-focused on becoming a star at the next level.
Card Number: #154
Back of the card: “Luis has been battling pro pitchers since debuting in Cuba’s top circuit as a 16-year-old. The athletic power threat was rated as the number 5 overall prospect by MLB.com just two years later”.
2019 Luis Robert Topps Heritage Variations: Refractor (#/570), Black (#/70), Gold (#/5; Hobby only) and SuperFractor (1/1) version
2019 Luis Robert Rated Rookie Rare Dollar Tree Card #264 (buy on eBay)
How in the world can you not love this card!
The yellow border really makes this card pop and seems to say buy me now!
Dollar Tree released a limited amount of rated rookie cards and Luis was lucky enough to be featured in one.
They will show up every once in awhile eBay and they are super cheap compared to his other high-end rookie cards (for now).
If you see one on eBay make a bid or “buy now” if the asking price is reasonable… we have not seen a graded one yet but would love to see how one would look in a BGS Black Pristine holder with the clashing yellow… talk about DRIP!
Card Number: #264
Back of the card: “To say Robert enjoyed a breakout campaign season in 2019 would be an understatement. After not hitting a home run in 2018, the highly touted Cuban prospect smashed an incredible 32 long balls in 122 games across 3 levels. That power went with 36 stolen bases and a robust .328 average, cementing his status as Chicago’s top prospect”
Luis Robert Rookie Card Checklist
- 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Pick International Ticket Autograph #1
- 2017 Panini Elite Extra Edition #143
- 2018 Luis Robert Bowman Chrome Prospects #21
- 2018 Panini Immaculate Collection LUIS ROBERT Jersey Auto #IMS-LR
- 2018 Luis Robert Leaf Ultimate Draft Auto Prospect RC
- 2018 Bowman Platinum Luis Robert Rookie #5
- 2018 Panini Contenders Playoff Ticket #6
- 2018 Bowman Chrome Scouts’ Top 100 Luis Robert Rookie #29
- 2018 Bowman Chrome Sterling Refractor
- 2018 Panini Immaculate Collection LUIS ROBERT Jumbo Nameplate #IJ-LR
- 2019 Topps Heritage Minor League White Sox #154
- 2019 Panini Contenders Prospect AUTO Cracked Ice Rookie Card #14
- 2019 Panini National Luis Robert Jersey Prizm Rookie #LR
- 2020 Luis Robert Opening Day Topps #201
- 2020 Bowman 1st First Edition Luis Robert BFE-150
- 2020 Topps Tribute Rookie RC Auto
- 2020 Topps Gypsy Queen BLACK & WHITE Parallel AUTO
- 2020 Luis Robert rookie card Donruss Dollar General Rare Yellow Border #6
- 2020 Panini Donruss Luis Robert Rated Rookie #264
- 2020 Topps Inception RC Rookie #RESA-LR
Investment Rating: 9 out of 10
Here are the last 6 players to win the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year:
- Luis Robert (2019)
- Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2018)
- Ronald Acuna (2017)
- Alex Bregman (2016)
- Blake Snell (2015)
- Kris Bryant (2014)
- Xander Bogaerts (2013)
If you’re making a wager based on that list on the projection of Luis Robert career you better be betting big on future All-Star.
We are gobbling up Luis Robert rookie cards like they are going out of style… can’t wait to see him in action this summer!