Available in a number of refractory parallels the reverse of the card reads Pitched Vanderbilt into two consecutive College World Series trips in 2014 and ’15… started NCAA Title Game as a sophomore… Struck out more than one per inning in ’15. Throws mid 90s fastball with great control… Keeps ball down in the zone… Can also lean on curve, slider, and change up ”.
A great looking card showing Buehler about to release the ball down the pipe for what we imagine is a foolhardy swing and miss. Numbered #71 the reverse of the card reads The Dodgers drafted Buehler early in 2015 knowing that the former Vanderbilt Ace would need Tommy John surgery before he even threw another pitch.
One of these years Buehler is going to put together a full season of dominance (CY Young award incoming?) We feel either this year or next, you will see him emerge as one of the top pitchers in the game and win the CY Young Award (any maybe even a World Series ring… the Dodgers (related: Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards) deserve one after being beat by a trash can in 2017).
The young ace pitcher who is expected to play a big part in leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series berth is WalkerBuehler. With Clayton Kershaw‘s ability to stay healthy for a complete season more of a worry these days, Buehler will be looked upon to provide the anchor in the Dodgers pitching staff rotation.
Those in the hobby are taking notice with his rookie cards looking like an increasingly good investment. If there’s one rookie card to collect for top baseball prospects and rookies, their first Bowman Chrome autograph card is probably it.
The Tops Chrome set is a close second with an autograph card on a solid chromium stock. Most are valued less than the aforementioned cards although there is a small numbered set to 69 (red ink autographs) that are worth a lot more.
In a weird twist of fate, Buehler was diagnosed with “Tommy John” and underwent successful surgery for the now common injury. Obviously many pitchers have suffered from it through the years, but the fact that John played for the Dodgers when diagnosed, as did Buehler, makes it a bit of an anomaly.
Which really says something for the organization’s belief in him, knowing they wouldn’t see him pitch again for another year or how he would respond coming off surgery. “When he’s healthy and at his best, Buehler features four potential solid-or-better pitches and throws all of them for strikes.
Collectors can get his cards now, but they’ll have to show the same kind of patience as the Dodgers before seeing any reward. Russ Cohen is an accomplished writer for www.sportsology.info and radio host for the Sportsology Radio Network and covers multiple sports including writing specifically about the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.