Sunday, January 23, 2022

I Just Want To Get Along

 Is this Wander Franco's rookie card?  

I would like to think so, but apparently it is just a Minor League card of him playing for the Durham Bulls.  In fact, none of Wander Franco's Durham Bulls cards are his rookie cards.  At least, that seems to be the consensus of many people online. The Durham Bulls Wander Franco's are just baseball cards of him playing for a really good baseball team.  

Recently, there has been some pretty intense debate around the land of baseball cards about Wander's Bowman's Best cards. By "pretty intense debate", I mean there are a bunch of grown-up, middle-aged guys fighting over what is and what is not a rookie card. If they were in the same room, there would have been punches thrown.  

What makes something a rookie card?  

Is it the player's first card?  

First card with that little RC logo?  

First card of the player in a Major League uniform? 

Anyway, I ended up with three different Wander Franco cards from the 2021 Bowman's Best set. Are these his rookie cards?  The important thing here is that they are cards of Wander Franco. 

First, this is his base card from the set. This might be his rookie card. Maybe it is not a rookie card. I just want to get along. 

Whether or not this is Wander's rookie card, this is not a very well designed baseball card. The background is incredibly busy. The Rays logo is fine, but what in the world is going on with the rest of the space here?  

There are two other better looking Wander Franco cards in the 2021 Bowman's Best set. Are these rookie cards? They cost a fraction of the base card. Leaning towards no.  

The second insert card.

That's all the Wander Franco's for today. It's nice to own a copy of his rookie card, or not.  

Don't argue in the comments.  


  1. I've discussed this on my blog as well. I think at this point every collector has their own definition of what a rookie card is.

    1. I agree for the most part. There are instances where there are clear rookie cards, but other times where the "official" card seems ridiculous.

  2. Some people have WAY too much time on their hands!