If you’re like many other collectors, you probably picked up a Fernando Tatis Jr. in hopes of another monster season. We don’t blame you. In 2020 Fernando Tatis Jr. showed the baseball world what he is capable of. Even with that horrendous September lull. Yes, we had every reason to believe that Tatis was on his way to another run at that MVP that slipped through his fingers last season. And then things suddenly went south due to a shoulder injury that brought Fernando to his knees in the middle of an at-bat. So where do we go from here?
You never like to hear there’s something wrong with a batter’s shoulder. Especially those who are relied on as a source of power. Although Tatis was diagnosed with a labrum tear, multiple doctors have advised that he can’t make it any worse by continuing to play baseball. And as of right now, it seems that the Padres are expecting him back in the line sooner rather than later.
While a quick return to action would be encouraging, there is speculation that the injury will at some point need surgery to repair. So what kind of player will we see once Tatis returns to action? Will we see the man who’s capable of leading the league in home runs? Or will we get a player who’s been zapped of power due to lingering discomfort every time he steps up to the plate? All you can do if you’re a Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card owner is wait and hope for the best. But if you’re not, you may want to keep your eyes peeled for a buy-low opportunity. Here are some great options.
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Top Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Options
2016 Bowman Chrome (Buy 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 of the rarer refractors. For instance, the Green Refractor Auto recently sold on eBay for more than $20,000! Not that extreme? Find a base card auto or a more common refractor without Tatis’s signature.
2019 Topps Chrome (Buy this Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card on eBay)
Whether it’s the base card or one of the various parallels, a Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card is a vital collector’s piece. As far as value goes, seek out the Sapphire if you’re looking to spend BIG. Like $10,000 plus big. However, if you’re looking to get in at a more moderate price point you should be able to find many less pricey options as well.
2019 Bowman Chrome (Buy 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 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 signed in red ink if you’re breaking out big bucks. Less than $100 to spend? A high-grade base card has your name all over it.
2019 Donruss Optic (Buy on eBay)
Donruss just doesn’t quite get the attention it deserves! Especially for a brand that has been on the baseball card scene for decades. And at one time was much more respected than the irreproachable Bowman of today’s baseball card world.
At any rate, this Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card is a low to great moderate range investment depending on which card you go for. Plenty of incredible investment options in that $500-$1,000 range.
2017 Bowman’s Best (Find Bargain 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)
What we said before the injury: 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 what’s left of 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
Right now a short-term investment doesn’t sound nearly as it did before the injury. Pay close attention to what Tatis does at the plate once he returns to action. Does he immediately start raking? If so, we couldn’t blame you for feeling confident in short-term investment. However, if he doesn’t look like the same batter we’d be very hesitant to buy a Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card if you need to unload it in less than 1 year.
Medium (1 to 5 years)
What we said before the injury: Let’s be clear, Tatis has never been overmatched at the plate. He sailed through the minor leagues and answered any remaining questions when he took the league by storm 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
The shoulder injury is WAY less of a concern if you’re planning on holding on to your card for a few years. Surgery or not, we’d expect Tatis to be back and crushing home runs at some point in the not-so-distant future
Long (5 years plus)
What we said before the injury: 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
That’s the beauty of going long, a little injury here or there isn’t going to hurt the big picture.
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