As an early-season favorite for the American League MVP, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. memorabilia has seen a dramatic increase in value.
Citing Only Alt Official, Kendall Baker of Axios noted the value of the Toronto Blue Jays star's Topps Chrome rookie card has seen a 300 percent increase in value to $209 compared to where it was at in June 2020:
Kendall Baker @TheKendallBaker
Trading cards are the closest thing we have to a "stock market for athletes."<br><br>Fascinating to see a player's year-to-date performance mapped out like this.<br><br>Vlad Jr.'s base rookie card is up 300% this calendar year, per @OnlyAltOfficial. pic.twitter.com/PlkVPFwamC
Guerrero was promoted to the big leagues as a 20-year-old in April 2019. He received a tremendous amount of hype because of his performance in the minors and as the son of 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Vladimir Guerrero.
MLB.com ranked Guerrero as the best prospect in baseball heading into the 2019 season. He was OK during his first two seasons, posting a .269/.336/.442 slash line with 24 homers and 102 RBI in 183 games.
Through 65 games in 2021, Guerrero has been the best hitter in baseball. He leads MLB in all three triple slash categories with a .345 batting average, .450 on-base percentage and .690 slugging percentage. His 22 homers nearly match his total from the past two seasons combined.