Gavin Lux (11/23/97) is a shortstop who plays for the LA Dodgers. He was the first shortstop to be chosen in the 2016 MLB Draft, and was the 20th pick overall.
Lux made his major league debut in 2019, and went on to become the youngest player ever to hit a pinch-hit home run in the postseason, as well as the youngest Dodger to hit a home run in a postseason game.
With that in mind, it’s easy to see why his rookie cards are beginning to go up in price rapidly as hype is beginning to build.
As well as listing three of his most popular RC options at auction, we’ve also provided a checklist and investment advice for the near future.
Rookie Card Checklist
Here’s a rundown of Lux’s rookie cards from 2016:
- 2016 Bowman Draft #CDAGL
- 2016 Bowman’s Best #B16GL
- 2016 Leaf #LB-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Metal Draft #BA-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Rookie #R-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Trinity #PA-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Trinity Clear #CA-GL1
Both of Lux’s 2016 Bowman cards have multiple versions, which we’ll discuss in-depth below.
The Best Gavin Lux Rookie Cards
We’ve looked at recent auction data to bring you three of the most popular Lux rookie cards on the market right now.
2016 Gavin Lux Bowman Draft #CDAGL
The 2016 Bowman Draft is his most popular rookie card at auction, thanks to a large autograph on the front and lots of rare versions to choose from. These include base Refractors, as well as the Purple Refractor (#250), Blue Refractor (#150), Green Refractor (#99), Gold Refractor (#50), Orange Refractor (#/25), Red Refractor (#/5), SuperFractor (1/1) and Printing Plates (1/1).
There’s a Bowman’s 1st logo located in the top left corner, while the back features a Bowman Briefing;
“Resume: 2016 Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year… Hit .531 as a senior… Has participated in the Tournament of Stars, Area Code Games and Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Skills: Boasts the whole package at shortstop, leaving no doubt he’ll remain at position… Tremendous feet… Added strength to bolster his hit tool… Has frame to handle even more weight and muscle.
Up Close: Nephew of Augie Schmidt, who was No. 2 pick of 1982 MLB Draft (Blue Jays)… Committed to Arizona State.”
A PSA 10 gold version recently sold for $2,025, while a gem mint purple card can be found for roughly $400.
2016 Bowman’s Best #B16GL
The 2016 Bowman’s Best is similar to the other one on our list in some respects. Expensive, rare parallels include base refractors, Orange Refractors (#50), Atomic Refractors (#25), Red Refractors (#5) and Superfractors. The back quote reads;
“Best 2016 game: May 18: Indian Trail (Wisc.) High School easily disposed of Arrowhead, 11-4, behind Lux’s two home runs and five RBI. MLB.com: “Lux has advanced instincts in all phases of the game . His tools are catching up, as he has improved his strength, swing, speed and arm in the last year… [He] should be able to remain at shortstop… He has reliable hands.”
The front image features Lux after a successful hit, watching the baseball fly as he’s in mid-sprint. There’s a large signature featured at the bottom, along with a hexagonal design along the top of the card.
While the base card can be bought for around $30, a PSA 10 refractor sold for $348, while a black version sold for $407. There’s a good range of options depending on your budget.
2016 Leaf Metal Draft #BA-GL1
Leaf cards aren’t as collectible as alternative brands, and they tend to focus on signing deals with prospects instead of with teams or leagues. Even so, many of Lux’s Leaf cards are still signed pieces of memorabilia, and offer a cheaper option than the two Bowman cards mentioned above.
For example, the Metal Draft is signed, with a number of different versions to choose from. The reverse quote notes;
“Lux, a Kenosha, Wisconsin, native, was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Considered a Top 50 high school prospect, he signed with the club for $2.31m. This summer, he played in 56 minor league games, hitting .296 with 21 RBI.”
The Pink Prismatic version recently sold for $65, proving that there is a decent market for Leaf alternatives depending on the player. An autographed Lux rookie card will always be attractive for buyers.
Gavin Lux Makar Rookie Card Investment Advice
Lux’s stock has risen rapidly since making his MLB debut as the starting second baseman against the Colorado Rockies in late 2019. He scored three runs on the day, and he’s seen as the Dodgers’ top prospect heading into 2020.
Meanwhile, it looks like his team are determined to hold onto him for the long-term, fending off any and every offer that has come their way despite a championship drought and the opportunity for short-term gains.
Lux has a number of decent rookie card options from 2016, and prices are only going to go one way if he manages to keep putting in performances for the Dodgers.
He was clearly a highly talented prospect and he’s made the transition to playing in the big leagues, but we’ll have to wait and see whether he can keep up a sustained assault at the very pinnacle of the game.
For now, he looks to be a nailed on member of the active roster, and it’s hard to see his stock dropping if he manages to live up to expectations.