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’re included throughout 2017 sets. On top of regular base cards, there to be plenty of inserts, 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.
Cards are listed in alphabetical order.
2017 Bowman Andrew Benintendi RC #23
Unlike the Prospects in 2017 Bowman Baseball, Andrew Benintendi’s Rookie Card doesn’t have a shiny Chrome version in the product (that should come with the separate 2017 Bowman Chrome release). As a result, this is one of those cards that will likely be overlooked, especially with the popularity of his 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Autographs. That’s what a lot of people think of when they connect Benintendi and Bowman. But even with the lower value, there are lots of parallels to chase, which are primarily based of the color of the card’s border.
Parallels: Silver (/499), Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5), Black (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)
2017 Bowman Platinum Andrew Benintendi RC #13
Like the previous year, 2017 Bowman Platinum released as a Walmart exclusive. There was a run on the product when it first came out, which led to high prices on unopened boxes. But that hasn’t necessarily translated into major premiums for base cards like this. The card is printed on foil card stock, which gives it a shine. But it’s not the same metallic look in products like Bowman Chrome and Finest.
In addition to the basic version that has Benintendi batting, there’s a variation where he has a hand on his chin.
Parallels: Ice, Purple (/250), Green (/99), Orange (/25), Black (/10), Gold (1/1)
2017 Diamond Kings Andrew Benintendi RC #131
Produced by Panini, this card comes from a set that’s a throwback to the original Donruss Diamond Kings subset of the 1980s. The look is a lot different than the iconic Dick Perez paintings, but the overall focus is an artistic look and feel. In addition to the base card, Benintendi is included in the set’s variations as well.
Parallels: Framed Green, Framed Grey, Artist’s Proof Gold (/99), Framed Red (/99), Framed Brown (/49), Artist’s Proof Blue (/25), Framed Blue (/5), Framed Black Masterpiece (1/1), Masterpiece (1/1)
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)
2017 Donruss Optic Andrew Benintendi RC #34
Similar to how Topps Chrome offers a shiny version of flagship Topps, the 2017 Donruss Optic Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card does the same with the main Donruss release. That means that it’s part of the Rated Rookie subset once again. The main version isn’t too difficult to find but there are lots of colorful Prizms parallels to go with it. Benintendi is also well represented among Optic’s autographs.
Parallels: Holo, Pink, Purple, Aqua (/299), Orange (/199), Blue (/149), Red (/99), Carolina Blue (/50), Black (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Gold Vinyl (1/1)
2017 Finest Andrew Benintendi RC #66
The 2017 Finest Andrew Benintendi is one of his busier Rookie Cards as far as design goes. It starts with the chromium stock but continues with the fragmented background and its many lines. Also popular in the set is Benintendi’s autograph insert.
Parallels: Refractor, Purple Refractor (/250), Blue Refractor (/150), Green Refractor (/99), Gold Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), Red Refractor (/5), Superfractor (1/1)
2017 Immaculate Collection Andrew Benintendi RC #102 Auto Patch /99
An autograph, patch swatch and low print run are all on display on the 2017 Immaculate Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card. One of Panini’s top brands when it comes to the high-end, it’s apparent here. The back of the card refers to the swatch as being from a piece of “player-used material.” Benintendi has plenty of other cards in 2017 Immaculate, both autographs and memorabilia.
Parallels: Gold (/49), Blue (/5), Platinum (1/1)
2017 Stadium Club Andrew Benintendi RC #149
2017 Topps Stadium Club stresses photography. So the layout is pretty straightforward here. But the image is anything but. It shows plenty of action, something that isn’t common among most of the other Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards. In addition to the base card, the outfielder has a variation short print.
Parallels: Gold Foil, Black Foil, Sepia, Black and White, Members Only, Rainbow Foil (/25), First Day Issue (10 copies), Gold Rainbow (1/1)
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)
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Andrew Benintendi RC #237
The 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card is intended to evoke an old-timey feel. And that makes perfect sense given the fact that the brand is based on a line of tobacco cards from more than a century ago. Still, there are definitely some modern design elements present as well.
The card has lots of parallels, although most are in the mini card variety. Topps also offered a limited edition Allen & Ginter X version as an online-exclusive that had some of its own parallels.
Parallels: Mini, Allen & Ginter X Black, Allen & Ginter X Black Mini, Allen and Ginter Back Mini, Gold Border Mini, Hot Box Foil, No Number Mini, Brooklyn Back Mini (/25), Framed Mini Cloth (/10), Allen & Ginter X Black Mini Red (/5), Metal Mini (/3), Allen & Ginter X Mini Silver (1/1), Framed Printing Plates Black (1/1), Framed Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Framed Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Framed Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Glossy (1/1), Glossy Mini (1/1), Wood Mini (1/1)
2017 Topps Archives Andrew Benintendi RC #132
In case you were wondering what it would look like if Andrew Benintendi were born in the 1960s and had a Rookie Card in 1982 Topps, then 2017 Topps Archives has you covered. The nostalgia-driven product uses several designs from the past. For the outfielder, it means a throwback to the hockey stick design from the early ’80s.
Parallels: No Signature, Peach (/199), Blue (/75), Red (/25), Black (1/1)
2017 Topps Bunt Andrew Benintendi RC #11
Stemming out of the digital baseball card app, the 2017 Topps Bunt Andrew Benintendi comes from one of the cheapest products on the market (thinking Opening Day but with a fresh design). Although there is the connection to the app, this card is very much real. As far as parallels go, there aren’t many but they’re some of the boldest out there with the color concept taking over the entire front, not just the border or a bit of background.
Parallels: Black, Blue, Green (/99), Orange (/50)
2017 Topps Chrome Andrew Benintendi RC #100
The 2017 Topps Chrome Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card is essentially the same as his flagship RC, only done in chromium. But a lot of collectors wouldn’t want it any other way. This is one of the hobby’s more popular lines given its relatively affordable price tag, Refractors and autographs, which Benintendi has.
The regular Refractor parallel, along with a couple of the colored ones, has a variation with the outfielder in his warmups.
Parallels: Refractors, Negative Refractors, Pink Refractors, Sepia Refractors, Prism Refractors, X-Fractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Blue Wave Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Wave Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)
2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Andrew Benintendi RC #282
The 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Andrew Benintendi brings a look that’s beyond vintage. It reflects back to the early days of tobacco cards, albeit with modern dimensions (and photo filters). The basic version isn’t anything too fancy, but it does have several levels of parallels including some what intentionally skip parts of the printing process.
Parallels: Green, Missing Blackplate, Missing Nameplate, Purple (/250), Black and White (/50), Green Back (50 copies), Red (/10), Black (1/1)
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)
2017 Topps Inception Andrew Benintendi RC Autograph #106 /199
For the past couple of years, Topps has generally avoided autographs in base sets. There are a couple of exceptions, but those that do are usually all-autograph releases. 2017 Topps Inception is different. Rookie Cards (and base cards for a few other young veterans) are signed. Benintendi’s card has a bold design, something Bowman Inception was known for before its switch to being a Topps release. As for the signature, it’s done on-card. The base version is numbered to 199 with a handful of parallels coming in at significantly smaller numbers.
Parallels: Magenta (/99), Red (/75), Orange (/50), Blue (/25), Inception (1/1)
2017 Topps Museum Collection Andrew Benintendi RC #92
2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball certainly is a high-end release. But that’s primarily because of the abundant autographs and memorabilia cards. Base cards, like this Andrew Benintendi Rookie Card, are constructed with thick stock and elegant foil highlights. However, they’re not wildly expensive. This is due, at least in part, to the fact that there aren’t other elements like autographs, memorabilia swatches or even a serial number. Don’t expect to find copies of this card in bulk, though. Individual base cards aren’t tough to come by but there aren’t a ton of them out there at any given time.
Parallels: Sapphire (/150), Amethyst (/99), Ruby (/50), Emerald (1/1)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Immaculate Collection Collegiate Multisport Andrew Benintendi Autograph #383 /99
Andrew Benintendi was part of the high-end 2015 Immaculate Collection Collegiate, a release that encompassed several sports. For the Razorbacks alum, it means an on-card autograph numbered to 99 copies. The design is a clean one, with a few angles and modern touches that make it unmistakably Immaculate. On top of this card and its parallels, Benintendi has a few memorabilia cards in the product as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2015 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Multisport Andrew Benintendi Auto Jersey #384 /99
This is another high-end collegiate release from Panini. Like Immaculate, there’s the on-card autograph and numbering to 99. Taking it a step further is the addition of a jumbo jersey swatch. Base versions aren’t patches but there are rarer parallels and other inserts that come with premium pieces.
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