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CODY BELLINGER RC AND EARLY CARD GALLERY

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After making a quick and dramatic impact, interest in Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and anything with his name was quick to rise. That’s what happens when you start setting some impressive home run records during your first few months in the majors. But it didn’t stop there. After a lull in 2018, Bellinger’s historic start in 2019 has put his early cards on a lot of collectors’ radars. A fourth round pick in the 2013 draft, Bellinger’s cards date back to that season. However, it was something of a slow rollout with Panini kicking things off, not much in 2014 and Topps putting him in just one product in 2015. The number of Bellinger cards jumped significantly in 2016, but he still doesn’t have nearly as many as a lot of other modern prospects.

All of the Bellinger cards released before his MLB debut fall under a couple of categories. First, there are the prospect and minor league cards. These are part of sets that focus on prospects before their big league debuts. Other cards are inserts in big league sets. Either way, they’re not considered Rookie Cards in the traditional sense. Collector preference is a big thing though, and the RC tag’s importance is different than it used to be.

2017 Bowman Platinum Baseball was the first product with a Bellinger RC. 2017 Donruss Optic and 2017 Topps Chrome followed a short time after. And then the floodgates opened. By the time the year came to a close, collectors had almost two dozen different Bellinger Rookie Cards to choose from between Topps and Panini. Plenty of additional cards can be found in insert sets as well. Here’s a detailed look at each Bellinger Rookie Card as well as some key highlights from the earlier Bellinger cards.

CODY BELLINGER ROOKIE CARD GUIDE

Only Cody Bellinger cards with the RC tag in the Beckett Baseball Card Database and Price Guide are listed here. Inserts and parallels are not. Some of his other key early cards follow.

012017 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger RC #27 This is where things get a little confusing with Bowman Chrome Prospect cards and Bowman Chrome Rookie Cards. Bellinger has a Chrome Prospect insert in 2017 Bowman Baseball. However, his Rookie Card, which has the same general layout, is in 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball. Going by traditional RC definitions, the earlier Prospect card is an insert. Because one of the hallmarks of a Rookie Card being that it belongs in a base set, the Prospect card is disqualified. By the time 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball had released, heʼd been in the majors long enough for Topps to get him in the main set. And thatʼs why this is the Rookie Card. As far as value goes, Bowman Chrome RCs are often overlooked. The autographs are king with this brand. So unless itʼs one of the tougher Refractor parallels, this card is generally fairly affordable when placed against other Bellinger Rookie Cards.

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