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Markus Lynn Betts, born October 7th, 1992, in Nashville, Tennessee. His parents chose his name based on the letters MLB. His nicknamed Mookie, (which is commonly used as a reference to him today), was given to him by his parents based on the NBA guard Mookie Blaylock. They gave their son this name while watching an NBA game shortly after he was born.
Betts was always an energetic kid with a high level of athletic prowess. His athleticism led him to try different sports and to dabble in what he felt more compelled to pursue. The one thing that he would confirm is while he was growing, the people around him helped guide him towards success.

Mookie Betts Has the Support He needs to Win

Betts has always had a strong support system around him, and these people helped to lead him in the right direction. They also gave him an understanding of the world that he would be entering into as a professional athlete. When Betts started Little League, his coach was none other than his mother. She was also an avid bowler who taught Betts all that he knows. His skills with a bowling ball gave him the opportunity to be awarded the Tennessee Boys Bowler of the year in 2010. He set records that season scoring a high 290 game and scored 827 in a three-game series.

mlb trained early in his life

This high level of focus and determination gave him the ability to maneuver different avenues when it came to sports. It also allowed him to bring that same fire and passion to playing baseball. Terry Shumpert, a former MLB player, was a cousin to Betts and showed him the ropes. His last season in the League (in 2004) he worked extensively with the Betts on his game. With all of these places to draw inspiration from it’s no wonder that Betts had such a unique skill-set while heading into High School.

A Man of Many Talents

Betts attended the John Overton High School in Nashville Tennessee. He excelled in multiple different sports including bowling where he was named the Tennessee Boys bowler of the year with a high score of 290. Mookie also played basketball, (where he averaged over 14 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals per game). And of course, baseball (where he batted .548, and recorded 24 steals).

In his 2011 senior year, he batted .508, had 30 steals and was even mentioned honorably for the Louisville Slugger High School All-American List. Betts acquired awards for Class AAA All-City Player of the Year, for the Nashville metropolitan area, and so much more.

big colleges wanted mookie on their roster

The Vanderbilt University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham all gave him offers. However, he ultimately committed to attend the University of Tennessee on a baseball scholarship in his junior year. Though as many players will tell you, with time things change and new opportunities are always on the horizon. This would lead Betts to a decision that shaped his future.

Big Fish, Small Pond

In 2011, instead of going to college, Betts decided to enter his name in the upcoming draft. This decision would lead to him being drafted 172nd overall by the Boston Red Sox. The contract was for $750,000 and offered him the opportunity to work his way up into the Major Leagues. That year, Betts had four at-bats and two hits. In his 2012 season, Betts stole 20 bases and batted .267 in 71 games. During this time, he played shortstop regularly, but it was clear to most that viewed him that he was better as a second baseman.

2013 season with greenville drive

In 2013, Betts started the season with the Greenville Drive and played 76 games. In these games, he batted .296 and had a staggering 19 game hitting streak, which would lead to him being a South Atlantic League All-Star. On July 9th of the same year, Betts was promoted to the Salem Red Sox. Betts batted .341 in 51 games to complete the 2013 season. In total (the entirety of the 2013 season (with both Greenville and Salem)), he had an average of .314 at bat, 15 home runs, and 38 steals.

It became increasingly evident that Betts was on the rise and he was one of the most consistent players in the minor leagues at the time. This consistency led him to reach base 66 times in the regular season, which is only five away from tying a record of 71.

Through his run with the minors, Betts was accumulating any number of statistical records and awards. He had stratospheric potential that was hard to overlook by any number of fans and analysts in the MLB.

major success

In 2014, Betts spent most of his season between the AAA, AA, and the MLB. He went on to play 52 Major League games, where he performed well by hitting .291 and 5 home runs. During this time he played most of his innings in the center-field. Additionally, he got some time at second base with injuries to Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt. That year he also became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in 49 years for the Sox.

an exciting 2015 season

On the opening day of 2015, the young Boston Red Sox player hit a home run at his second at-bat, becoming the third youngest player to do so for the franchise. On April 13th, less than a full calendar week after opening day, Betts had one of his most exciting performances of his MLB career. He successfully stole a home run from Star MLB player Bryce Harper. He stole 2 bases on one play, and he hit his own home run into the monster seats. The most exciting aspect of these spectacular feats is the fact that he did all of them in the first three innings of the game.

al player of the week

These spectacular moments would only become the catalyst of what grew into Bett’s career. Later in the year on June 21st, Mookie Bett was named the AL player of the week. He led the AL in over five different categories while recording two triple-doubles, three double-doubles, two home runs, and 7 RBIs. He ended this spectacular year averaging .291 batting average, 92 runs scored, 77 RBIs, 18 home runs, and 21 bases stolen.

2016-2017 seasons

In his 2016-17 seasons, Betts had more spectacular numbers to add to his resume. In 2016 he compiled a .318 batting average, 214 hits, 42 double-doubles, 31 home runs, 113 RBI, 122 runs scored, and led the MLB in total bases (359) and multi-hit games (67). The icing on the cake was his Defensive Player of the Year trophy and being the runner-up for the MVP award behind Mike Trout. In 2017 he again had a monster stat line of .264 batting average, 101 runs scored, 24 home runs, 26 stolen bases, and 102 RBIs. By the end of the season, he also won his second consecutive Gold Glove award.

The Breakout of 2018

The 2018 season brought more attention to Betts game after he was compared to 2x MVP winner Mike Trout. At the beginning of the season, a poll was taken to see which one of them would be the favorite to win the MVP. Out of 10 people who took the poll, only three picked Betts over Trout. When asked about the poll, Betts humbly replied, “To be in the same conversation as a great player like that is an honor.” That same night Betts was going up against the Los Angeles Angels (Mike Trout’s team). By the end of the game, Boston Red Sox won 10-1 with three home runs by Betts.

This was Betts’s third game putting up 3 home runs in one game, which tied him with Ted Williams for most in Red Sox history. However, Betts broke this tie on May 2nd hitting three home runs in a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. Betts became the youngest player in MLB history (26) to do this.

By May 21st, Betts was running away from the league with 15 home runs; however, it didn’t stop there. By this time, Betts was also leading the MLB in 9 different categories, including batting average, runs scored, and total bases. On July 6th Betts join the likes of Red Sox greats Tony Conigliaro, Jim Rice, and Ted Williams for hitting over 100 home runs before the age of 26.

Mookie Betts on fire

By the end of his 2018 season, Betts was leading in over three different categories. He had the highest batting averages (on balls in play) and was second in the league in power-speed-number. He capped off an outstanding season by winning his third consecutive Gold Glove, his first MVP, and the World Series. He also became the first player in American League history to win the World Series, a Golden Glove award, a Silver Slugger Award, and the AL MVP in the same season.

To Infinity…

At the moment, there seems to be no slowing down for Betts. The potential that he has (at 26) is staggering. When you add that to the awards that he wins (and the amount that he wins them) are unprecedented in MLB history. At such a young age he has done things that many players have been coveting for their entire careers. It’s without a doubt impressive and given a little bit more time, its Hall of Fame worthy. Mookie Betts has a long way to go in his career, and if past accomplishments are anything to gauge for his future, then it will be a spectacular career to follow.

#13

2014 Stadium Club
Mookie Betts Rookie Card Autograph

Sold for: $229

2014 Topps Stadium Club Mookie Betts Rookie Card autograph

If you’re looking for a affordable and attractive Mookie Betts rookie card autograph then the Stadium Club auto is a great option. They are selling for under $250 right now and feature a on-card autograph of Betts. Despite the low popularity and quality of the Stadium Club brand, cards still hold value for popular players. 

Card details

True Boston fans will appreciate this photo of Betts. His eagerness to execute a great defensive play can easily be found in this image. Mookie is shown with his eyes locked on to the ball preparing to attack. Similar to a lion hunting a gazelle. It will make a great addition to any Red Sox collection and has a fair price tag on it. 

#12

2015 National Treasures Materials Signature /99
Mookie Betts Rookie Card #69 - BGS 9.5

Sold for: $275

Mookie Betts rookie card 2015 National treasure rookie patch auto Boston Red Sox

You can’t go wrong with any card from the National Treasures sets. They produce some of the most clean and attractive cards in the hobby. Despite the fact the autograph is a sticker, and the jersey has only one color, this Mooke Betts card is still quite collectible. Being limited to only 99 copies is an additional feature that increases the rarity and price tag. Not to mention, BGS declared it to be a 9.5 gem mint condition example. 

#11

2014 Bowman Sterling Rookie Autographs
Mookie Betts Rookie Card #MB - PSA 10

Sold for: $297

2014 Bowman Sterling Mookie Betts Rookie Card Autograph graded PSA 10 Gem Mint

2014 Bowman Sterling rookie autograph cards have sort of a Star Wars themed background going on. If you look closely, it appears as though there’s an outline of the Death Star behind Mookie Betts. In addition to the Death Star, there are stars shimmering as well. This design definitely stands out from the rest of the 2014 product and, in my opinion looks pretty cool. The autograph is a sticker auto, which in this situation is beneficial. Because the card is dark, a on-card auto would not have stood out as well as the sticker autograph. Stickers offer an extra amount of shine and contrast which allows the blue ink to pop. 

#10

2015 National Treasures Rookie Patch Auto Printing Plate 1/1
Mookie Betts Rookie Card (Magenta)

Sold for: $330

2015 National Treasures Rookie Patch Auto Printing Plate Mookie Betts Rookie Card

There are only four Mookie Betts rookie card printing plates available. The four printing press colors required to make the base cards are yellow, magenta, cyan and black. Prices don’t typically vary on the colors as they all contain an autograph and a sweet patch from his jersey. However, there is a BGS 9.5 example of his Cyan copy available on eBay right now listed for only $1,249. Not too bad for a one of one and a Mookie Betts RPA in gem mint condition. 

#9

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Signature #ed /100
Mookie Betts Rookie Card #97 - PSA 10

Sold for: $350

A real early card of Mookie Betts is his 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks card. This actually the first year where his autograph is available in Panini products. Similar to the base set, Prospect Signatures have Red, Blue, Gold and Black Prizm parallels. The colored parallels of Betts are fairly hard to come by. We can expect the value of this early rookie card to increase steadily overtime as his career with Boston pans out. 

#8

2014 Topps Supreme Blue Parallel Autograph #ed /20
Mookie Betts Rookie Card #SAMB - PSA 10

Sold for: $400

When Topps released Topps Supreme in 2014, hobbyists were disgruntled. To start off with, a hobby box costs $60, which isn’t bad right? Well, each box contained just one pack and in each pack were only two cards. So, essentially you’re paying $60 for two cards. Now, this isn’t so bad when you see how you’re guaranteed two autographs per box and they’re numbered to 50 or less, until you see the weak checklist of players. There are too many second-tier players that aren’t highly collectible that bring down the value of most of the auto’s. 

Furthermore, this increases the risk exponentially of ripping a two-card box yourself. Regardless of your opinion of this high-end product tit still has some great Mookie Betts rookie card options. Look for the following parallel cards: Green #/45, Sepia #/35, Purple #/25, Blue #/20, Orange #/15, Red #/10, Black #/5, Supreme 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1.

#7

2014 Bowman Platinum Mookie Betts Rookie Refractor
Serial Numbered /10

Sold for: $1,499

2014 Bowman Platinum Mookie Betts Rookie Card autograph jersey card

Bowman Platinum is a more upscale product from regular Bowman. This set was packed with autographs and relics from both veteran players and prospects from 2014. There are plenty of colored parallels for each set including the rookie autograph relic subset. The base autograph relics start out at only 499 copies available and the superfractor is the most rare with only 1 card produced. You can acquire a base (#ed/499) or even a blue (#ed /199) for under $200 but the Camo refractor (#ed /10) will be much more difficult and expensive to add to your collection. 

#6

2014 Topps Heritage Mookie Betts Rookie Card
Real One Autograph 1 of 1

Sold for: $2,025

2014 Topps Heritage Mookie Betts Rookie Card Real One Autograph one of one

This 2014 Topps Heritage Mookie Betts rookie card was found in a factory sealed box of the high number Topps Heritage 100 card set. The set was produced to include players that did not make the original 2014 Topps Heritage checklist. Mookie Betts is the key player of the box along with Jacob Degrom and George Springer. If you’re trying to add this card to your collection, good luck. Because it’s the only one in the world, I would be surprised if it ever goes to auction anytime soon. There are, however, other Real One autographs without the 1/1 stamp. PSA 10 examples are currently selling for $800 on average, which isn’t bad.

#5

2014 Topps Chrome Update Mookie Betts Rookie Card
Black Refractor #ed /99 - PSA 10

Sold for: $3,276

I don’t have to say much about this card other than rookie Topps Chrome Update black refractor serial numbered out of 99 graded PSA gem mint 10. Not only is this card from my favorite set but it’s in my favorite third-party grading case as well. And the red color on the Red Sox logo and outline of the card compliment the red PSA border perfectly, which adds to the eye appeal of this card even more. It’s a non-auto, non-relic rookie card with 99 copies and sold for way more than some of his 1 of 1 cards which shows how popular and impressive Topps Chrome Update cards are. This card is pretty rare with only four PSA 10 examples in existence. 

#4

2014 Topps Update Mookie Betts Rookie Card
Black Parallel #ed /63 - PSA 10

Sold for: $3,499

2014 Topps Update Mookie Betts Black Parallel batting black psa 10 gem mint

Incredibly, only two 2014 Topps Update Mookie Betts black parallel rookie cards have been graded by PSA and they both landed a gem mint 10. The buyer of this card was in no mood to wait when he offered the seller a staggering $3,499 for this limited Betts rookie card. Similar to the Topps Chrome Update card bet with only 63 copies available and no chromium finish. Topps Update has taken the title for one of the hobbies most expensive sets and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon. Just look at the 2011 Topps Update Mike Trout rookie cards. 

#3

2014 Bowman Prospects Mookie Betts Rookie Card
White ICE parallel (1 of 1) - PSA 10

Sold for: $4,583

2014 Bowman Prospects Mookie Betts White ICE rookie card one of one psa 10

Leading the top 3 Mookie Betts rookie cards to own is the 2014 Bowman Prospects White Ice parallel limited to only one copy. To add icing on the cake it graded out to be in PSA 10 gem mint condition. It’s no wonder the auction ended at a whopping $4,583! This is an incredible card and the owner is both very lucky to be able to afford such a gem and to have it in their collection. For now, I think I’ll stick to the base rookie and more populated and affordable parallels. 

#2

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Mookie Betts Rookie Card
Blue refractor autograph serial #ed /150 - BGS 10

Sold for: $4,302

Number two on the list is the chrome version of Bowman Prospects set with his 2014 Bowman Chrome Update rookie autograph blue refractor. This example was graded bye BGS and was given the pristine 10 grade which is surely the reason it landed such a high ending bid. A PSA 10 copy sold for far less at just $2,699 on eBay. A purple refractor which was graded BGS 9.5 sold at best offer on 5/11/2019 for an undisclosed amount but was listed for $17,999. Long story short, the Bowman Prospect refractor autographs are some of Betts’ most sought after rookie cards regardless of the parallel or condition. 

#1

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Mookie Betts Rookie Card
Blue refractor autograph serial #ed /150 - BGS 10

Sold for: $6,000

2014 Bowman Chrome Mookie Betts Rookie Superfractor PSA 10 gem mint condition

Holding the number one spot on the most expensive Mookie Betts rookie card list is his 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects superfractor graded PSA gem mint 10. This, in my opinion, is currently the holy grail of Mookie Betts rookie cards. It holds the superfractor one of one status, contains that trademark superfractor spiral design and is in gem mint condition. There is no autograph or relic but the one of one status overpowers that. We don’t know what cards will emerge in the future so for now I consider this his best rookie card. Feel free to state your claim in the comments below. 

conclusion

If you’re on a budget and looking to invest in Mookie Betts, consider buying his Bowman Chrome prospects base rookie cards and submitting them to PSA in bulk orders. His Bowman Prospects rookie card is an even cheaper option. But, if you have the money and looking to buy the top shelf rookies, look for his Bowman Chrome colored parallel refractor autographs or his Topps Update rookie cards. These are all excellent long term investment options. Even better will be to have them in PSA gem mint 10 conditions. 

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