Date of Birth: 9/5/1983
Rookie Card Year: 2005
Investment Rating: 5.0 (Average)
Chris Young was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 16th Round of the 2001 MLB Draft. He was seen as a potential diamond in the rough. In 2003, he was a league All-Star for the White Sox's Low-A club. In 2005, after being named as the club's Minor League Player of the Year, he was part of a multi-player trade that sent him to Arizona.
It wasn't long before Young made his first major league appearance, debuting in August, 2006. By 2007, Young was anointed as the Diamondbacks' starting center fielder. He didn't disappoint, becoming the first rookie in the history of the game to steal 25 bases and belt 30 home runs.
Young has a total of six rookie cards all of which come from 2005 products.
Chris Young Rookie Cards
Bowman is always a classic brand with rookie card collectors. But their notorious for black borders make high-grade examples hard to come by.
An upgraded version of the base Bowman brand, the chromium card is more durable but prone to curving that drives a lot of collectors crazy. This card is also available in several parallel versions.
This is Young's most significant rookie card, it is autographed and limited to 974 copies. The photo features Young following through a swing while taking batting practice. A nicely designed card although the player image is obscured by a silver sticker.
This clay stock card features a contemplative Young, bat in hand sitting in the dugout. An undervalued product, the card features great color and makes a nice contrast to traditional photographic cards.
The Topps Update set includes traded players and late season call-ups, which was the case for Young. An extension of the flagship brand released in two series, Update serves as a bookend to the baseball card season. Printed on traditional, high gloss card stock, Young is featured following through in his batting stance.
Another premium upgrade from the regular Update set. This card also comes in several parallel versions. However, the white base color doesn't pick up the color variations of the parallels as well as Bowman Chrome.