If you’re on the hunt for a Juan Soto rookie card, there’s no shortage of options to choose from. So how do you go about finding the right card? As always, the first thing you’ll likely consider is how much you’re willing to spend. That’s why we’re about to provide a quick Juan Soto rookie card rundown. We’ll start with some options that are for SERIOUS investors/traders only and end with cards for the everyday hobbyist. But first, let’s find out why everyone seems to be going all-in on Juan Soto.
Juan Soto: Minor League Masher and Instant MLB Phenom
Some players just aren’t long for the world of minor league baseball. Juan Soto was one of these players. While the power wasn’t there in the beginning, the kid straight EMBARRASSED pitchers in Class A baseball with his pure hitting ability. Over the course of his first 2 seasons in the minors, Soto made it look easy by hitting .368 his first year and .351 his second. Impressive to say the least.
But it wasn’t until 2018 that Soto showed his true phenom potential. After a blistering start in the Class A leagues, Soto quickly found himself making AA pitchers look silly as well. By the time he forced an MLB call up, Soto had hit 14 home runs over 152 at-bats and driven in 52 runs to go along with a .362/.462/.757 slash. Oh, and by the way, those numbers also added up to an absurd 1.218 OPS. Hello Washington.
After making a mockery of pitchers in the A and AA, it was time for the 19-year-old Soto to do the same against major league pitching. In his first 2 seasons in the majors, Juan has established himself as one of the game’s very best. In 2018 Soto slashed .292./.406/.517 and would have won rookie of the year honors if not for fellow phenom Ronald Acuna. And by 2019 he proved he was ready to throw his name into the MVP discussion by following up with 34 home runs and a .949 OPS (ended up finishing 9th).
By now it should be clear what kind of player Juan Soto is and why you should take interest in his rookie cards. So let’s cut the suspense and see what’s waiting!
Juan Soto Rookie Card Value Guide
2016 Bowman Chrome (Find Bargain on eBay)
While not a “true” Juan Soto rookie card, the 2016 Bowman Chrome certainly appears to be the most valuable. The card captures Soto’s minor league days and comes in a variety of styles. If you want a grade 10 that also happens to be a refractor with an autograph, be prepared to shell out some serious cash.
2018 Topps Update (Find Bargain on eBay)
A card that features Juan Soto in that beautiful batter’s stance. Value depends on the style of card/autograph status and can get out of hand QUICKLY. Some of the most valuable versions are the Memorial Day Camo, the Gold, and the Black Label.
2018 Topps Heritage (Find Bargain on eBay)
We almost stuck this in the high-end category because of the one signed in red ink (it’s really valuable). However, if you get one signed in normal blue ink or a refractor with no signature, you’re staring at a nice middle-tier card.
Bowman Chrome 2017 & 2018 (Find Bargain on eBay)
While they’re not as costly as the 2016 version, the 2017 and 2018 Bowman Chrome Juan Soto rookie cards are still no laughing matter. Especially if you get one back from Beckett grading service with a perfect 10 grade.
Cards for the Everyday Collector
2018 Topps On Demand (Find Bargain on eBay)
Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna, Alex Verdugo, Dustin Fowler, what’s not to like here? Two are already MVP caliber and Verdugo appears ready for a breakout. C’mon Fowler, we know you can do it!
2018 Topps Update Dugout Variation (Find Bargain on eBay)
Just a simple card showing Juan Soto relaxing in the dugout with his hands on his hips. Unlike the first version we talked about, this one won’t set you back thousands of dollars.
Juan Soto Rookie Card: Overall Bargain Rating
Just like the career of the incredibly talented outfielder, it appears the Juan Soto rookie card market is just getting started. With every award and accolade Soto brings home, expect value-added to your investment. At age 21 he’s already got a World Series under his belt. What happens if he adds another this season or a National League MVP? Most likely the hardest decision you’ll need to make is whether to sell for a quick profit or hold for the long haul. And we’ll leave that choice to you. Good luck!