Future Watch: Jude Bellingham Soccer Cards, Borussia DortmundJude Bellingham is one of the most talked about football players in Europe. The talk became more widespread when he was fined €40,000 (approximately $45,000 USD) for the comments he made about referee Felix Zwayer following Borussia Dortmund’s loss to Bayern Munich earlier this month. Even though it was a major Bellingham Topps Chrome Cutoutheadline that garnered global attention, Bellingham is widely discussed because it’s not often an 18-year old comes along with the skill level, leadership ability, maturity, swagger and boldness that he possesses.

Bellingham is a rare breed, and his meteoric rise is one soccer fans and soccer card collectors should be extremely excited about. For his age, he’s advanced in most areas of his game. At 6-foot-1, 163 pounds, Bellingham is an athletic midfielder who excels at multiple positions and areas on the pitch. He creates space for his teammates and is outstanding with the ball in his possession. He handles the physical aspects of the game very well and plays with confidence defensively and on the attack. His skillset and leadership qualities have drawn comparisons to Liverpool legend and current manager of Aston Villa, Steven Gerrard.

The Stourbridge-born Bellingham was born to play the game. His father, Mark, who also acts as Jude’s agent, played in English non-league football and was a prolific goalscorer – he netted more than 700 goals during a 20-year career. With the football gene instilled in him and Stourbridge being only 13 miles from his favorite team, the Birmingham City Blues, it was a natural fit for Bellingham to start his football journey with his favorite team.

Bellingham joined the Blues academy when he was just seven years old. From the moment he began, coaches knew they had something special. It was just a matter of time and development. It took a little time for his physical development to catch up to his game, but the way his game transformed from age 16 to 17 was incredible.

During his time with Birmingham, Bellingham racked up plenty of recognition. In August 2019, he made his first-team debut at 16 years and 38 days old and became Birmingham City’s youngest ever first-team player when he started in the Carabao Cup (also known as the English League Cup) game against Portsmouth. Later that month, Bellingham became Birmingham’s youngest ever goal scorer when he scored the game-winner against Stoke in his home debut. In November 2020, he won the English Football League’s Young Player of the Month award for his outstanding performances. In total, he made 44 appearances with Birmingham City and netted four goals and two assists.

With the Blues, Bellingham had plenty of eyes on him, and the most aggressive team to obtain him was Borussia Dortmund (BVB) of the Bundesliga. Dortmund courted Bellingham for over two years and came to an agreement with Birmingham on a long-term, €25 million ($28.5 million USD) transfer deal. Dortmund beat out some of Europe’s top teams, including Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, for Bellingham’s services and made him the most expensive 17-year-old in history.

Upon his arrival to Westfalenstadion, Bellingham was welcomed through a video on BVB’s Twitter account, as his new teammates and staff serenaded him with a rendition of The Beatles’ classic, Hey Jude. Now, that’s how you creatively welcome an English sensation.

Bellingham made his debut for Dortmund in September 2020 in the DFB Cup and scored the second goal in a 5 – 0 win against MSV Duisburg. He became the club’s youngest goal scorer in the DFB-Pokal (a record previously held by Giovanni Reyna), as well as their youngest scorer in any competitive match. A week later, in his Bundesliga debut, he recorded an assist on a Reyna goal, which propelled him to being named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for September.

Since joining BVB, Bellingham’s profile has risen to greater heights and many have referred to him as a potential generational player. To date, he’s appeared in 70 matches for Dortmund and netted seven goals and 13 assists. So far this season, Bellingham has made 24 appearances and recorded three goals and eight assists. For his sensational play and reputation as a player, he finished runner-up to FC Barcelona’s Pedri for the 2021 Golden Boy Award and 2021 Kopa Trophy. The two awards are presented separately and are awarded to the best player under the age of 21.

What lies ahead for Bellingham could be a move back to England this summer during the transfer window. Liverpool and Chelsea are rumored to be seriously interested in Bellingham. Manchester United could also get involved, but whether it’s Liverpool, Chelsea or even Man United, a move back to his homeland could be great for his career and soccer card market.

Future Watch: Jude Bellingham Soccer Cards, Borussia Dortmund – Cards Worth Chasing

If you’re looking to get in on Bellingham’s cards, he has a lot of nice rookie card options on the current sports card market.

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Currently, the most popular rookie cards of Bellingham are his 2020-21 Topps Chrome Bundesliga #31, 2020-21 Topps Chrome Sapphire Bundesliga #31, 2020-21 Panini Obsidian #96 /195 and 2020-21 Topps Chrome UEFA Champions League #68 (regular release and Steve Aoki Neon Future). There are a variety of refractors, parallels and autographs available – purchase within your means.

Some other Bellingham rookie cards to consider are his 2020-21 Finest Bundesliga #32, 2020-21 Finest UEFA Champions League #6, 2020-21 Merlin Heritage 95 UEFA Champions League #22, 2020-21 Topps Museum Collection UEFA Champions League #54 and 2020-21 Stadium Club Chrome UEFA Champions League #54.

A wildcard rookie card of Bellingham to get in on at a very reasonable price is his 2020-21 Topps Now UEFA Champions League #65. It’s a horizontal card that commemorates Bellingham for being the UEFA Champions League youngest English scorer, as he’s mugging for the camera. The reason it’s a wildcard is because it also shows Bellingham’s BVB teammate, superstar Erling Haaland, celebrating over his left shoulder. With a print run of just 41,133, it’s possible it could become a highly sought-after card down the road.

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