Jo Adell joined the Los Angeles Angels as the tenth overall selection in the 2017 MLB draft, going on to make his major league debut in August 2020.
He struggled to make an impact in his first season, but Adell has improved on almost every aspect of his game over the past 12 months.
Despite the Angels’ star-studded outfield, 2022 could be the year in which the prospect finally shows what he’s made of.
We’ve put together a list with five of the best Jo Adell cards to collect, including some of the rarest options on the planet.
The Best Jo Adell Cards
There are lots of Adell RCs, with the first batch released to coincide with his draft selection.
We’ve listed a trio of more recent cards, as well as a valuable duo that came out back in 2017.
5. 2021 Immaculate Collection Shohei Ohtani & Jo Adell RC #MD-AO (eBay)
Don’t let the lack of an auto put you off of this rare dual patch card which also showcases the talented Shohei Ohtani.
(Ohtani, coming off a largely unprecedented 2021 season, was crowned the American League’s MVP unanimously.)
The 2021 Immaculate Collection RC is one of the more affordable cards to make the list, even if it’s not the largest patch on the market.
Parallels: Gold #/25, Team Logo #/15, Nameplate #/15 or #/2, Button #/10, Patch #/10 or #/5, Tag #/5, Brand Logo 1/1, Platinum 1/1
4. 2021 Topps Chrome Jo Adell RC #142 (eBay)
Another strong RC is included in 2021 Topps Chrome sets.
A simple card with Adell in a batting pose, there’s also an image variation featuring the player after hitting the sweet spot.
Refractor parallels are numerous, and there should be something to suit almost every budget if you’re looking at ungraded copies.
Parallels: Refractor (1:3), Sepia (2 per Blaster), Pink (2 per Blaster), Prism (1:6), Negative, Magenta #/399, Magenta Speckle #/350, Purple #/299, Aqua #/199, Aqua Wave #/199, Blue #/150, Green #/99, Green Wave #/99, Blue Wave #/75, Gold #/50, Gold Wave #/50, Orange #/25, Orange Wave #/25, Red #/5, Red Wave #/5, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
3. 2021 Topps Tier One Dual Autographs Mike Trout/Joe Adell RC /25 #TA (eBay)
There are only 25 copies of the 2021 Topps Tier One dual auto that Adell shares with the legendary Mike Trout. The latter has to be seen as one of the best baseball players to collect overall, as a genuine GOAT contender.
It’s a cheaper entry point if you’re looking for a rare Trout auto, while you could see a good ROI in the long-term if you think Adell has what it takes to compete in the major leagues.
2. 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Jo Adell Variation RC #BD-95 (eBay)
Serial numbered to 99, the 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft set contains a signed full-bleed card featuring Adell in a classic batting pose.
The Chrome Image Variation Autographs set isn’t as popular as the base auto seen below, but it’s still a reasonably rare signed RC with a 1st Bowman logo.
As the earliest MLB-licensed cards for the ’17 draft class, they’re arguably his true rookie cards, which is another reason why they fetch a decent price today.
1. 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft Jo Adell RC #CDAJA (eBay)
There’s no better card to pick out than the flagship 2017 Bowman Chrome Draft RC.
It’s one of Adell’s earliest cards, it’s signed, and the brand is always popular. There’s the usual list of coloured parallels, which makes for an expensive option if it’s wrapped in a graded slab.
If money is no object, then this has to be the best choice overall.
Parallels: Base Refractor #/499, Purple #/250, Blue #/150, Blue Wave #/150, Green #/99, Black #/75 (Jumbo Hot Packs), Blue Bowman 70th Logo #/70, Gold #/50, Gold Wave #/50, Orange #/25 (Jumbo), Red #/5, Red Wave #/5, Black Wave 1/1, SuperFractor 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1
The Best Jo Adell Cards to Collect: Summary
Adell started the 2021 season in the minors, having been labeled a defensive liability after a number of poor displays as a rookie.
The outfielder has clearly worked on most aspects of his game, and has set himself up to do well over the next stage of his career.
It’s easy to forget that he’s only 22, while he could yet be traded and find success elsewhere if things don’t go well in LA.
Of course, if Adell is sent down to the minors again it could have a significant impact on his card prices.