Rookie Card Year: 2013
Investment Rating: 7.0
Collecting pitchers is always risky in the hobby if you're looking to turn a profit. A quick injury or a bad season can kill pretty much any possibility of long-term value. With that in mind, prices are usually much more reasonable than a lot of young sluggers. Case in point are Sonny Gray rookie cards and other early prospect cards.
The pitcher has looked good in the early part of his career with some flashes that he could develop into one of the game's best. However, Gray plays for the Oakland Athletics, a team that doesn't get a lot of hobby attention even when they make the postseason.
Sonny Gray rookie cards are found in a handful of late-season 2013 products. However, his first cards date all the way back to 2009 when he was playing for the US national team. Upper Deck included him in a couple of their final sets with the USA Baseball license. Among them are several affordable autographs and autographed memorabilia cards. Topps picked up the license starting in 2010, adding even more early cards.
However, the top Sonny Gray card that's available on a wide basis is his 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft autograph. This is his first major card where he's shown in an Athletics uniform. Panini and Leaf also released Sonny Gray cards in 2011 following the draft, however these don't have MLB uniforms or marks.
Gray's talents are still emerging. That combined with the ever-risky nature of collecting pitchers has kept prices reasonable for virtually all of the Sonny Gray rookie cards and other early prospect cards.
Below is a list of his rookie cards that can be found in 2013 base sets. We've also included lists of key USA Baseball and other important prospect cards.
Sonny Gray Rookie Card Checklist and Key Prospect Cards
Key USA Baseball Cards
2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars USA Future Watch Jersey Autographs #UFWA-9 #/799
2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars USA Star Prospects #USA-29
2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars USA Star Prospect Jerset Autographs #USA-SG #/399
2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #USA-9
2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball #USA-69 Autograph
2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball National Team Inscription Autographs #SG #/162
2010 Bowman Chrome USA Baseball #USA-BC9
2010 Bowman Platinum Prospects #PP37
2010 Bowman Platinum Dual Relic Autographs #BPDAR-GC with Gerrit Cole #/99
2010 Bowman Platinum Relic Autographs #PAR-SGR #/740
2010 Bowman Sterling USA Baseball Dual Autographs #BSDA-13 with George Springer
2010 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs #USA-8
2010 Topps USA Baseball Autographs #A-28
2010 Topps USA Baseball Triple Jersey Autographs #USAAR-SGR #/219
Other Notable Prospect Cards
2011 Bowman Draft Prospects #BDPP35
2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects #BDPP35
2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autographs #BCAP-SGR
2011 Bowman Sterling Prospects #36
2011 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs #BSP-SG
2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Prospects #P-14 Autograph #/364
2011 Leaf Metal Draft #AU-SG1 Autograph
2011 Leaf Valiant Draft #VA-SG1 Autograph
2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Autograph #RT16
2011 Playoff Prime Cuts Draft Pick Signatures #SGR #/249