“I wouldn’t say that,” Xavi said.
“Look, he’s an extraordinary player. Don’t skimp on the praise for him. He’s a player that excites me and one that can make a difference. He’s scored a great goal [against Levante], but I don’t think there is [a dependence on him].”
Many would disagree, especially after multiple game-changing performances this season.
On that note, here’s a roundup with three of the best Pedri rookie cards you’re likely to find on the market.
The Best Pedri Rookie Cards
Pedri rookie cards were released during the 2020/21 season, and he was included in pretty much every major set you can think of. Here are three of the very best options.
3. 2020 Topps Stadium Club Chrome UCL Pedri RC #P (eBay)
The first card to make the list is from the Chrome Autographs subset of 2020-21 Topps Stadium Club Chrome UEFA Champions League.
It features a simple action shot of Pedri as he moves along the field, with an RC logo and UCL branding at the bottom. The addition of a stickered auto is why it’s so valuable, vastly exceeding the price of the unsigned version which is otherwise similar in design. Expect to pay over four figures if you’re looking at copies numbered to 75 or fewer.
- Parallels: Neon Green #/99, Blue Wave #/75, Gold #/50, Orange Prism #/25, Black #/10, Red Wave #/5, SuperFractor 1/1
2. 2020 Topps Chrome UCL Sapphire Pedri RC #61 (eBay)
An exclusive blue version of the base 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League set, 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League offers an assortment of base cards, parallels and a few image variations.
Despite the premium price tag, there were no autos included in the set. That hasn’t stopped this Pedri RC from being one of the most sought after in the present day.
- Parallels: Aqua #/150, Yellow #/99, Green #/75, Orange #/50, Purple #/25, Red #/5, Padparadscha 1/1
1. 2020 Panini Chronicles Rated Rookie Pedri RC #5 (eBay)
Pedri’s ‘Rated Rookie’ card is probably the most popular option if you’re looking for an RC to suit almost any budget. There are rare Cracked Ice parallels, as well as cheaper base copies. It’s part of a popular subset with great brand recognition, while the Optic versions are always popular with collectors.
Parallels either match the border, or add a background effect.
- Parallels: Blue Circles Asia, Gold Circles NA, Gold Lasers, Green Circles EU, Press Proof Silver, Purple Astro, Red Lasers, Silver Circles, Press Proof Blue #/99, Cracked Ice #/23, Blue Astro #/16, Press Proof Gold #/10, Press Proof Green #/5, Black Circles 1/1, Press Proof Platinum 1/1
Pedri Rookie Cards: Buyers Guide
Here’s what we think of the current state of the market for the best Pedri RCs.
The Best Cheap Pedri Rookie Cards
As always, base versions of more recent cards have been printed in high numbers to meet increased demand, and these sets were only released in 2021. You won’t have to search for too long to find affordable Pedri cards with an RC logo attached.
The Best Pedri Investment Card
The ‘best’ Pedri investment card is a tough one, depending on whether you’d prefer a signed RC, or the best that Topps/Panini has to offer.
We missed out on getting a 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition UEFA Champions League box when it was originally released, and I have a feeling that the rare Pedri RC found within might be the best option overall.
Pedri Rookie Cards: Buying/Selling Advice
Pedri has had to deal with injuries this season, but looked as sharp as ever upon his return. It’s worth mentioning that he’s contracted to Barca until the summer of 2026, while an extension added a record-breaking $1.16 billion release clause. They clearly think that he’s the future of the club.
If the team continues to have a dependence on Pedri, it’s only going to have a positive impact on the prices of his best RCs in the long term. He’s also expected to star for Spain during the 2022 World Cup, having played 629 minutes across six games at Euro 2020.
On the other hand, he’s only 19, and has made only 49 league appearances for Barcelona at the current time of writing. He’s undeniably talented, but there is an element of risk with all younger players.