The Chicago White Sox have been building an exciting young team over the last couple of years and Andrew Vaughn fits that mold perfectly. The Santa Rosa, California native stayed in state to attend college at Cal where he racked up the accomplishments. His sophomore year for the Bears, the 6’0″ 215 pound first baseman hit .402/.531/.819 in 199 at bats, winning the Golden Spikes Award along the way as the nations best college player. The South Siders then made Vaughn their first round selection with the third pick in the 2019 MLB amateur draft. In his only season in the Sox farm system, Vaughn split time between High A Winston-Salem and Single A Kannapolis, hitting .278/.384/.449 between the two. With solid plate discipline, good power, and the ability to hit to all sides of the field, scouts project the twenty-three years old to hit for a high average and potentially be in the 30 home run range once he reaches the bigs.
There are plenty of reasons for collectors to be optimistic about Vaughn’s future which is why it is curious that his prices have declined over the offseason. The ten sales made directly before the season began averaged $157.64 compared to the $136.93 average of the ten most recent sales. Part of the reason for this drop is most likely tied to the Sox current first baseman, Jose Abreu, being named American League MVP. That blocks Vaughn’s path a bit since he doesn’t project very well defensively to other positions. Collectors aren’t letting that scare them too much though. The dip in prices has not translated to a dip in sales. In fact, more sales were made of Vaughn’s 2019 Bowman Draft card in December than there were in November. This could be collectors taking advantage of the temporary discount. Once the weather starts warming up, Vaughn should quickly remind scouts, fans, and collectors of his potential. The value of Vaughn’s first Bowman Chrome autograph cards will most likely rise back to its 2020 preseason heights, if not higher. For collectors looking to add this card to their collection, now would be a very good time to do so.