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The Cleveland Indians drafted Shane Bieber (5/31/1995) in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of the University of California.
Shane Bieber Rookie Year Stats: 11 W 5 L | 4.55 ERA | 118 SO
Although it has taken Bieber until age 25 he has developed into one of the best pitchers in the Majors and is our pick for the CY Young award in 2020 (assuming they finish the season… St. Louis Cardinals were looking at you).
Bieber made his Major League Baseball debut on 5/31/2018 against the Minnesota Twins striking out 6 over 5.2 innings of work with 8 hits and 1 walk (he did not get the win).
His breakout season occurred in 2019. In 2019 Bieber racked up 15 wins with a 3.28 ERA and a mind-blowing 259 strikeouts… he also made the AL All-Star team and was 4th in CY Young voting.
Obviously, this kid has some talent… let’s take a look at the best Bieber rookie cards from an investment viewpoint.
2018 Shane Bieber Topps Update RC #US198
He is our top pick regarding Shane Bieber’s RCs in terms of ROI. A great-looking card from Topps numbered #US198 shows Bieber getting ready to unload on a batter and wobble their knees… the intensity on his face says it all.
The Topps and RC logo is printed in the top left-hand corner while Bieber’s name and team (Cleveland Indians) are centered at the bottom of the card… great card for long terms Bieber investors.
2018 Topps Update Parallels: Rainbow Foil, Gold /2018, Vintage Stock /99, Independence Day /76, Black /66, Mother’s Day Hot Pink /50, Father’s Day Powder Blue /50, Memorial Day Camo /25, Negative Platinum 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
2018 Shane Bieber Bowman Chrome RC #BCP213
The 2018 Bieber Bowman Chrome card is also a solid pick for Bieber fan-boys (not Justin) and available in various parallels. The base card is numbered #BCP213 and also depicts Bieber unloading a filthy pitch on an unsuspecting batter who is about to have his knees buckled… again Bieber has his game face on… another great card for long-term investors.
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Bowman has chosen to print their logo in the top left-hand corner of the card and Shane Bieber’s name at the bottom of the card, up and to the right… the Cleveland Indians C logo is depicted towards the bottom left-hand corner of the card.
2018 Bowman Chrome Parallels: Refractor /499, Purple Refractor /250, Blue Refractor /150, Green Refractor /99, Green Shimmer Refractor /99, Gold Refractor /50, Gold Shimmer Refractor /50, Orange Refractor /25, Orange Shimmer Refractor /25, Red Refractor /5, Black Shimmer /5, SuperFractor 1/1
2016 Shane Bieber Bowman Draft RC #BDC68
Our final Bieber rookie card pick is the 2016 Bowman Draft. Numbered #BDC68, the card AGAIN shows Bieber getting ready to unload a fastball down the heart of the plate for a big swing and miss. The Bowman 1st Logo is printed in the top left-hand corner while his name is just off-center at the bottom to the left… the card also displays the Cleveland Indians face logo… another good investment.
- 2016 Bowman Draft RC #BDC68
- 2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect #BCP213
- 2018 Topps Update RC #US198
- 2018 Topps Update RC #HMT59
- 2018 Topps Heritage Minor League RC #ROA-SB
- 2018 Leaf Trinity Auto RC
Shane Bieber Rookie Card Value
The value of Shane Bieber RCs is somewhat undervalued based on his ceiling. Some might say super undervalued but we will hesitate to say that as Bieber is already 25 years of age.
Buyers Guide and Investment Advice
- Investment Rating: Solid Buy
- Ownership Disclosure: None
- Best Shane Bieber Rookie Card: 2018 Topps Update #US198
When it comes to investing in Bieber rookie cards, we are all-in. Not only has he developed into one of the best pitchers in the league, he is also fun to watch due to the massive number of K’s he can rack up.
The only other pitcher we like more than Bieber at this point is Jack Flaherty, but the race is super tight its like a 1 vs. 1a situation.