Francisco “Paquito” Lindor (11/14/93) is a shortstop who currently plays for the Cleveland Indians.
The eighth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, Lindor has already picked up four All-Star picks, (2016-19) as well as earning two Gold Glove awards (‘16, ‘19) and a couple of Silver Slugger accolades (‘17, ‘18).
We’ve provided a checklist with all of his rookie and prospect options, as well as three of his top cards at auction and an investment outlook for the future.
Francisco Lindor Rookie Checklist
- 2015 Bowman Chrome #89
- 2015 Bowman’s Best #3
- 2015 Panini Immaculate #118
- 2015 Panini National Treasures #179
- 2015 Topps Chrome #202
- 2015 Topps Five Star #FSAFL
- 2015 Topps Heritage #717
- 2015 Topps Heritage ’51 Collection #75
- 2015 Topps High Tek #HT-FL
- 2015 Topps Triple Threads #15
- 2015 Topps Update #82
As well as the typical range of 2015 rookie cards, Lindor’s prospect cards are also worth checking out.
- 2009-10 USA Baseball
- 2010 Bowman Chrome
- 2010 Bowman Sterling
- 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft
- 2011 Bowman Sterling
- 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition
- 2011 Leaf Metal Draft
- 2011 Leaf Valiant Draft
Francisco Lindor Top Three Rookie Cards
We’ve looked through recent auction data to bring you three of the most popular rookie options available right now.
2015 Bowman Chrome Francisco Lindor Rookie Card #89
The 2015 Bowman Chrome has two different versions to choose from, along with a range of interesting parallels with increasing rarity.
Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red 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)
One of the main differences is that one has an autograph, while the signed card also has a different image. The reverse quote reads;
“Resume: No. 4 prospect for 2015 (MLB.com)… Three-time SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game participant… Swiped 25 bases at Akron in ‘14… 2013 Carolina League All-Star Game selection.
Skills: Elite defender who makes difficult plays look routine… Has arm strength to fire accurate off-balance throws… Contact hitter with good instincts and speed… Devoted baseball rat.
Up Close: Served as youngest position player in Eastern League and International League in ‘14… Owns a beloved dog named Paco.”
It’s one of the more popular options at auction, although you’ll still be able to find a signed version for a reasonable price. For example, a PSA 9 refractor recently sold for $96.
2010 Francisco Lindor Bowman Chrome Rookie Card
With a first Bowman Chrome logo in the top left corner, and a range of refractor parallels, this signed card is a great option if you don’t mind heading back in time to his prospect years. The quote on the reverse reads;
“Lindor made his USA baseball mark with a clutch effort in 2009. The Montverde Academy star singled, stole second and scored the winning run for the U16 club in a 7-6 victory over Cuba in the gold medal game of the 2009 IBAF “AA” World Youth Championships”.
A Gold Refractor with a BGS 9.5 grade recently sold for $415, so there’s definite interest in the 2010 version.
His 2011 Bowman Chrome card is also highly desirable, and they’ve cheekily added a “1st Bowman Chrome Card” logo to the NFL version.
2015 Francisco Lindor Topps Five Star #FSA-FL
Offering something a little different, Lindor’s Five Star card is the first autographed version featuring the player in his MLB uniform. As well as being hard-signed, it’s available with the following parallels:
Gold (/50), Rainbow (/25), Emerald (/5), Five Star (1/1)
The reverse lists a number of key achievements to date;
“2014 Arizona Fall League Rising Star – Hit 11 HRs with 28 SBs in 2014 – Had back-to-back four-hit games in August – Three-time SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game pick – Made 2013 Carolina League All-Star team”
Once the most expensive baseball set offered by Topps, the Five Star card is a great premium option.
Francisco Lindor Rookie Card Investment Advice
After a slow start to life an MLB player, Lindor soon established himself as one of the best shortstops in the league. At the age of 27, he still has a while left at the top, but it doesn’t seem like Cleveland will have enough money to satisfy his wage demands.
Persistent rumors surrounding his future have rumbled since the off-season, while his current contract ends in 2021. The Yankees are seen as a possible destination for Lindor, while his current side will probably choose to cash in via trade if they can’t stump up the money to secure his services in later years.
Why is any of this important in terms of his rookie cards? A move to a more successful side would likely add more accolades, while he’ll have a greater chance of going far in the playoffs. A World Series win is going to be difficult for an Indians team which has bowed out in the first round for the past two years, so much depends on where he spends the next few seasons.