Iconic Blue Jays card: Vlad Jr. in '16

April 7th, 2021

As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we've asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we've broken them down by team. We'll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.

To begin the series we'll be looking at one iconic card from each team.

Iconic Blue Jays card: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bowman's Best of 2016 Autographs set

The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, Vlad Jr. entered the Majors with as much hype as any prospect in recent memory.

The buzz was already starting to build among fans and collectors alike in 2016, the year Guerrero played his first professional season.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, resident Matt MacDonald’s favorite card is a signed Guerrero card from the Bowman’s Best of 2016 Autographs set. It’s a limited edition card, with only 25 being produced, but MacDonald has no plans to sell it.

“This Vlad Jr. card is just awesome,” he wrote. “I could have made a bundle off of it a few years ago but I’ll never get rid of it. I can’t wait to see Vladdy break out in a big way. This is an on-card autograph from the height of the Vladdy prospect hype. To add to that it’s a special refractor limited to 25. To know I have only one of a few of these makes it so much more special.”

After tearing through the Minors and becoming the first prospect to receive an 80-grade hit tool from MLB Pipeline, Guerrero made his MLB debut in 2019 at age 20 and has posted a .269/.336/.442 slash line with 24 homers, 39 doubles and 102 RBIs in his first 183 games. -- Thomas Harrigan