Gavin Lux (11/23/97) is a shortstop who plays for the LA Dodgers. He was the first shortstop chosen in the 2016 MLB Draft and the 20th pick overall.
Lux made his major league debut in 2019 and became 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 the hype builds.
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. Lux’s 2016 Bowman cards have multiple versions, which we’ll discuss in depth below.
We’ve looked at recent auction data to bring you three of the most popular Lux rookie cards on the market.
2016 Gavin Lux Bowman Draft RC #CDAGL
The 2016 Bowman Draft is his most popular rookie card at auction, thanks to a large autograph on the front and many 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 Gavin Lux 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.”
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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 on 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.
2020 Gavin Lux Topps SSP Close Up Dodgers RC #292
We have enjoyed Topps printing these SP and SSP rookie cards within the last few years, and the 2020 Topps Gavin Lux SSP RC #292 is right up there with the best (check out the Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna Topps RC SSP Topps cards).
An excellent option for buyers that like to avoid the traditional rookie card.
Best Gavin Lux Autograph Cards
While great autographed cards are already listed on this list, there is one more that we felt was worth mentioning.
2020 Gavin Lux Topps Series 1 1985 Autograph Card
This card is created throwback, produced with the simpler designs from baseball cards of the 1980s in mind. The Gavin Lux 1985 Topps Series 1 Autograph card features a photo of Lux with a big smile, wearing the storied white Dodgers jerseys.
A big blue Lux autograph is the card’s main feature, and it takes up a significant amount of space in the middle, catching the eye at first glance.
This is an excellent option for those looking to chase a Lux autographed card and who believes in his future in the MLB. The throwback card design is immaculate and harkens back to a simpler time in the industry.
Gavin Lux Rookie Card Value
The most expensive Gavin Lux rookie card is the 2016 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Gavin Lux Auto /50 rookie card.
Pro-Tip: Don’t buy hobby boxes and expect a positive ROI as hobby boxes are a losing investment over time… BUT boy are they fun to rip into!
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- 2016 Bowman Draft Gavin Lux RC #CDAGL
- 2016 Bowman’s Best Gavin Lux RC #B16GL
- 2016 Leaf #LB-GL1 Gavin Lux RC
- 2016 Leaf Metal Draft Gavin Lux RC #BA-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Rookie Gavin Lux RC #R-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Trinity Gavin Lux RC #PA-GL1
- 2016 Leaf Trinity Clear Gavin Lux RC #CA-GL1
Buyers Guide and Investment Advice
Lux’s stock has risen rapidly since 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 is 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 several decent rookie card options from 2016, and prices will only go one way if he keeps putting in performances for the Dodgers.
He was a highly talented prospect and has transitioned 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.
March 2023 Updated: Avoid buying Gavin Lux rookie cards until further notice.