Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Be prepared to hear a fair bit about Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards as his first full season in the majors plays out. His cards have been that way since the first ones debuted in 2015.

But now the Red Sox super prospect sits atop Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. The fact that he plays in Boston certainly adds to the attention as well. It’s not like it’s coming out of nowhere, though.

Having appeared in 34 games last year, Benintendi already has a taste of MLB play. The sample size was a small one, but so far, so good. Combine that with his couple of seasons in the minors and there are more reasons to see a future star versus an overrated bust.

The first Andrew Benintendi cards came out in 2015, not long after the Red Sox selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft. Among those first cards are autographs in several prospect-driven sets including 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft.

His MLB debut came late in 2016. That was too late for Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards in 2016 products. Instead, they’ll be included throughout 2017. On top of regular base cards, expect there to be plenty of inserts as well, including autographs and other premium offerings.

Here’s a detailed look at Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards followed by a breakdown of several of his key prospect cards that came out before his MLB debut.

Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards Checklist

This list will grow throughout the season as new sets are released. Only cards with the RC tag are included in this section. Inserts are not. Online Price Guide subscribers have access to card values.


2017 Donruss Andrew Benintendi RC #34

A lot of 2017 Donruss Baseball revolves around tradition. That includes the Rated Rookies subset that highlights the product’s Rookie Cards. Moderately short-printed, Benintendi’s card still shouldn’t be too hard to find. Rated Rookies land at a rate of two per hobby box. With 15 to chase, it’s definitely more rare than regular base cards but not to a degree where it would be considered scarce.

Parallels: Cyan Back, Gray Border (/199), Press Proof Gold (/99), Aqueous Test Proof (/49), Pink Border (/25), Artist’s Proof (/10), Press Proof (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2017 Topps Andrew Benintendi RC #283

2017 Topps Series 1 had the first Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card out of the gate. Coming from the company’s flagship release, this one is more about tradition than value. For those looking for something much rarer and more valuable, the card has a short print variation where the outfielder is being interviewed in a dugout.

Parallels: Negative Black and White, Purple, Rainbow Foil, Gold (/2017), Vintage Stock (/99), Black (/66), Father’s Day Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Pink (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25), Clear (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2017 Topps Heritage Andrew Benintendi RC/Robby Scott RC #314

Inspired by the burlap weave that is 1968 Topps, the 2017 Topps Heritage Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card features another hallmark of the classic set. It’s a dual-player Rookie Stars card. Benintendi is paired with pitcher Robby Scott. For those preferring single-player cards, there is a variation of the card that’s got a solo Benintendi. It’s grouped with the Action Variations, the most common of the 2017 Topps Heritage variants.

Parallels: Blue (Print Run: 50), Yellow Back (Print Run: 25), Flip Stock (Print Run: 5)

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2017 Topps Opening Day Andrew Benintendi RC #58

In most regards, this is essentially the same card as Benintendi’s flagship Rookie Card save for the Opening Day logo on the front. This is a cheap, entry-level product. As such it’s not going to cost much, especially since there isn’t a lot of originality to it. Casual collectors are more likely to opt for the main Topps card if they’re buying just the card. However, if you want something challenging to chase with more value, the 2017 Topps Opening Day Andrew Benintendi has a variation short print with him sitting in a locker room chair.

Parallels: Opening Day Edition Blue Foil, Opening Day 1/1 Edition (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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Key Andrew Benintendi Prospect and Pre-Rookie Cards


2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Andrew Benintendi #182

2015 Bowman Draft features the first Andrew Benintendi cards where he’s wearing his Red Sox uniform. It may not carry the traditional definition of a Rookie Card given the prospect-only nature of the product but it’s still significant. That doesn’t mean that it’s expensive. Like most every other basic Bowman Chrome prospect card, it’s not.

Besides the numerous Refractor parallels, the card also has a basic Bowman version, often referred to as paper. Given the relatively low price of the more up-scale Chrome card, that’s the one most opt for.

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2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Pick Autograph Andrew Benintendi #BCAAB

In today’s hobby, most will consider the 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Andrew Benintendi autograph to be his key card. More high-end options will come along in the months and years ahead, but this is his first autograph as a member of the Boston Red Sox. A lot of collectors look to it like they would have a traditional Rookie Card in the past.

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2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Andrew Benintendi Autograph




2015 Bowman’s Best Top Prospects Andrew Benintendi #TP37

In a lot of ways, this is similar to Benintendi’s Bowman Chrome Draft card only with a bit more design going on. Bowman’s Best debuted a couple of years before Chrome but it doesn’t have the same level of appreciation. Bowman’s Best actually disappeared for a while after losing its way. 2015 Bowman’s Best was the brand’s reintroduction to the hobby. Still, as one of his earliest MLB cards, it carries some importance even if it isn’t worth a lot.

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2015 Bowman’s Best Best of 2015 Autographs Andrew Benintendi #B15ANB

An alternative to the 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Andrew Benintendi autograph, the Bowman’s Best autograph is cheaper. Yet, unlike most of his other 2015 autograph cards, it still has the outfielder in his Red Sox gear. That’s key to a lot of collectors.

The signature is still on-card and there are several Refractor parallels. Basically, if you’re main interest is in an Andrew Benintendi autograph on a MLB-licensed card, this one has everything Bowman Chrome has except the higher value that comes with Chrome’s go-to status.

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2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospect Autographs Andrew Benintendi #8

The 2015 Elite Extra Edition Andrew Benintendi autograph may not have a Boston uniform, but it does feature logos. They’re only college marks instead of MLB. From an aesthetic standpoint, it certain helps to ensure that it’s less jarring than an airbrushed card. That may not matter to all, but it is a factor for some.

The hard signature is another benefit for the card.

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2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition Prospect Autographs Andrew Benintendi




2015 Leaf 25th Metal Autographs Andrew Benintendi #BAAB2

2015 Leaf 25th Baseball doesn’t mark the manufacturer’s anniversary. Rather, it looks back on the landmark 1990 set that’s considered a modern classic. Benintendi is represented in the set with a Metal card done with a design inspired by the 1990 release. The base version, which is signed on-card and has a Refractor-like finish, is limited to 90 copies. Parallels drop significantly from there.

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2015 Leaf 25th Metal Andrew Benintendi Autograph




2015 Leaf Metal Draft Andrew Benintendi Autograph #BAAB2

2015 Metal Draft continues on with one of Leaf’s longest modern brands. An alternative to Chrome, it has a simple design that adds plenty of pop for the Prismatic backgrounds. The outline is also etched to help add a bit of additional contrast.

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2015 Leaf Metal Draft Andrew Benintendi Autograph




2015 Leaf Trinity Autographs Andrew Benintendi #AAB2

2015 Leaf Trinity sticks with its three styles of premium cards. Benintendi is included in all of them. His basic Trinity Autographs include inscriptions, adding a level of personal touch to help separate it from other early Andrew Benintendi autograph cards.

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2015 Leaf Trinity Patch Autographs Andrew Benintendi #PAAB2

Trinity’s Patch Autograph is self explanatory. The swatch comes from a player-worn jersey, not a gamer. That said, the idea is to present something that looks good and has a premium feel. Also, the patches allow for a bit of a work around on the logos. The image may not have any, but a lot of the patches are often instantly recognizable as to where they’re from.

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2015 Leaf Trinity Patch Autographs Andrew Benintendi




2015 Leaf Trinity Pure Autographs Charcoal Andrew Benintendi #PAAB2

Pure is final card type in 2015 Leaf Trinity. Like the other two, it’s autographed on-card. Pure cards bring in the clear concept used in acetate and other plastic cards.

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2015 Leaf Trinity Pure Charcoal Andrew Benintendi




2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Andrew Benintendi Autograph #BAAB2

While most of Leaf’s Andrew Benintendi autographs take a flashy approach, 2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft is more subtle. Channeling a different approach that celebrates white space, there’s still a splash of design elegance with the intricate foil on the top and bottom.

Similar to Leaf’s other cards, there’s still a premium look and feel to the cards. However, without the license cards are generally more affordable than their MLB counterparts. So if you’re not into signatures over logos, this may be a direction to look.

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2015 Panini Contenders College Ticket Autographs Andrew Benintendi #5

The 2015 Panini Contenders Andrew Benintendi autograph brings the Ticket concept the brand is known for. The main version of Benintendi’s College Ticket Autograph has him in a white Arkansas uniform. There’s also a variation version with a red uniform.

While the Contenders branding is a draw and the college marks help, this is one of the few early Andrew Benintendi autograph cards that use a sticker.

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2015 Panini Contenders Ticket Autographs Andrew Benintendi



Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

One Comment

  1. Kerry Orton
    Posted Tuesday March 21st, 2017 at 12:09 AM | Permalink

    I like players like this kid that can turn a single into a double or occasionally hit one out; he reminds me of Chuck Knoblauch while he was a Twin.

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