Got your mindset on a Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card? We don’t blame you. In 2020 Fernando Tatis Jr. showed the baseball world what he is capable of. And guess what? There’s more to come. Even with that September lull, many believe the young slugger should take home the honor of NL MVP. And if voters go another direction (Betts, Freeman), there’s always next year. And the next, and the next, and the next. Tatis is that kind of perennial talent. And to be convinced of that already for a player with just 2 seasons under his belt is a rare thing.
Unlike his father, Fernando Tatis Jr. has yet to hit 2 grand slams in one inning. But did just about everything else in 2020. Again minus that dreadful September. Before the infamous slump, Tatis was leading the league in home runs, RBI, runs, and stolen bases. By no means can ANY baseball player avoid a slump (Yelich did it for the entire season), but as Tatis gets more experience he should be able to minimize the severity and frequency of the cold spells. The good news is, that slump combined with the offseason should give the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card market some time to cool off. Meaning, it’s time to be looking for a great entry point. If you agree you’ll want to consider the following cards!
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Top Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Options
2016 Bowman Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
For someone who’s capable of leading the majors in virtually every offensive category, Tatis sure looks nonchalant. Maybe that’s the secret to his success. Cool on the outside but ready to unleash chaos under that smooth exterior. At any rate, this is his flagship rookie card and you’re gonna have to buck up if you want one.
2019 Topps Chrome (Buy this Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card on eBay)
Whether it’s the original or one of the various off-shoots, a Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card is a vital collector’s piece. As far as value goes, it appears the Update version is the one that’s commanding the attention of the whales.
2019 Bowman Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
Another true rookie card, this one from Bowman. The card features Tatis mid-leg kick and is available with an autograph and comes in a variety of refractor styles. It doesn’t command the value or the attention of the prospect card from 2016 but it’s a fine item nonetheless.
2019 Topps Heritage (Buy this card on eBay)
Always fun to see an electrifying young talent like Tatis on a throwback card. Gotta love the contrast! Fernando is looking straight into the camera with a smile that just screams “y’all have no idea what’s coming”. Look for the one in red ink!
2018 Leaf Flash (Buy on eBay)
Leaf is such an underrated brand and we hope to see more of it. Until then, we’ll settle for the lucky days when we find cards like this on the market. There are all kinds of different colored parallels, all of which are quite rare. Don’t feel like breaking out the big bucks? Check out the regular Leaf Metal Draft variation. Same card just more affordable.
2017 Bowman’s Best (Buy this card on eBay)
We’ll round out the top 5 with another prospect card. Of course, it’s from Bowman! This one comes from the Bowman’s Best set. The card features a triumphant Tatis Jr. as he appears to circle the bases in a homerun trot. Hopefully, the one featured on this card wasn’t as controversial as this homerun he smacked on a 3-0 count against the Rangers!
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Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Investment Strategies
Short (1 year or less)
Yes, the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card market has exploded. BUT, that doesn’t mean you should shy away. Did people stop buying Tesla went it first broke $500? Nope. And just like Tesla, the best of Tatis is yet to come. So don’t let the price tags rattle you. Find a good entry point in the offseason and bank on a great 2021. Something that’s incredibly likely to happen. You’ll pay a high price but the profits should be even higher. 10/10
Medium (1 to 5 years)
Let’s be clear, Tatis has never been overmatched at the plate. He sailed through the minor leagues with the greatest of ease and answered any remaining questions when he took the league by storm in his rookie season. Perhaps some were expecting the 21-year-old phenom to come back down to earth a little bit in 2020. Nope. Tatis not only continued his onslaught but got BETTER. The question is how long will he continue to make a mockery of MLB pitchers? Most likely for a long, LONG time. Just imagine when he hits his prime in about 5 years. 10/10
Long (5 years plus)
Very rarely do we consider a long term approach to a player this early in his career. However, Tatis Jr. appears to be a generational talent. Just imagine if you would have stashed a Mike Trout rookie card away early on. By no means will we shy away from some profit-taking when it’s presented. But, at the same time, putting at least one of the more valuable Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards away in a safe place and forgetting it exists for a while seems like a good idea. Go find it in 10 years and you could be in for a shock. 8.5/10