Clint Frazier Rookie Card Primer and Prospect Card Highlights

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With his MLB debut in the books, it’s now a matter of when, not if when it comes to Clint Frazier Rookie Cards. But, like virtually every baseball prospect of the modern era, Frazier already has a lot of cards already.

How many? At the time of his first game with New York, the Beckett Baseball Card Database had 837 Clint Frazier cards listed. Of those, almost 300 were autographs. These numbers include parallels, but it still shows that Frazier was highly touted in the hobby from the moment he turned pro.

And that was before he became part of the Yankees franchise.

Here are some of the early highlights of what early Clint Frazier cards are available now, ahead of his eventual Rookies.

Clint Frazier Pre-Rookie Card and Prospect Highlights

The following list is not meant to be an exhaustive list of early Clint Frazier cards. Rather, it’s some of his key cards released before his MLB debut with a focus on his earliest prospect cards.


2012 Bowman Perfect Game Clint Frazier Autograph 235


2012 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic Autographs Clint Frazier #CF /235

Although it was included in 2014 Bowman Baseball, this card was actually signed a couple of years earlier when Frazier was still an amateur. Produced and signed at the high school showcase, it’s similar to earlier Bowman AFLAC cards.

The Perfect Game uniform may not have the same appeal as a MLB card, but this card has a unique feature. It’s an early signature from Frazier, which devolved quickly, even among his first pro cards. The autograph may be small here, but it’s legible.

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2012 Bowman Under Armour Clint Frazier Autograph 220


2012 Bowman Under Armour All-American Autographs Clint Frazier #CF /220

Virtually everything about the 2012 Bowman Perfect Game Clint Frazier autograph applies here. However, this one was released to the masses earlier, in 2013 Bowman Draft. It’s also available in slightly smaller quantities.

Separate copies were handed out at the game. These have a different colored bordered. Another tell-tale sign of a pack-inserted card versus one that wasn’t is the serial number.

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2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Clint Frazier Autograph


2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Draft Pick Autographs Clint Frazier #CF

By tradition definitions, this isn’t a Clint Frazier Rookie Card. That said, it’s treated as such by a large number. Even those that recognize it for what it is, an insert, understand its importance. In the modern hobby, first Bowman Chrome autographs are usually king. And this is Clint Frazier’s first Bowman Chrome autograph.

It has all the hallmarks of what makes the brand so venerable. Frazier’s in a MLB uniform, the signature is done on-card, and the card has a rainbow’s worth of Refractor parallels.

Simply put, as far as widely available Clint Frazier cards go, this is regarded as the most important.

Parallels: Refractor, Blue Refractor (/99), Green Refractor (/75), Black Wave Refractor (/50), Blue Wave Refractor (/50), Gold Refractor (/50), Black Refractor (/35), Orange Refractor (/25), Purple Refractor (/10), Red Refractor (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)

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2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Clint Frazier


2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Clint Frazier #BDPP15

Not everyone wants an autograph. Not everyone can afford one. Frazier’s basic 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft card has the same general design as the signed version. But without the added ink, it’s much cheaper. It’s also plentiful.

2013 Bowman Draft has a basic Bowman version as well, however most collectors prefer to go the more shiny, Chrome route given there isn’t a huge difference in price.

Parallels: Refractor, Black Wave Refractor, Blue Wave Refractor, Blue Refractor (/99),  Green Refractor (/75), Gold Refractor (/50),Black Refractor (/35),Orange Refractor (/25), Red Wave Refractor (/25), Red Wave Refractor (/25), Silver Wave Refractor (/25), Red Refractor (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)

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2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Clint Frazier


2013 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Clint Frazier #CF

The 2013 Bowman Sterling Clint Frazier autograph is a viable alternative to his Bowman Chrome card. It’s also much more affordable. Sterling focused on autographs en masse. But the pricey brand never caught on in the same regard.

Still, this card has the same on-card autograph as Bowman Chrome Draft. Frazier in a Cleveland uniform, like Chrome. Some may prefer Sterling’s more modern design. And other collectors will welcome its lower price tag.

Parallels: Refractor (/150), Green Refractor (/125), Ruby Refractor (/99), Orange Refractor (/75), Gold Refractor (/50), Blue Refractor (/25), Purple Refractor (/10), Japan Fractor (/5), Gold Canary Diamond Refractor (/3), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractor (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)

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2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects Clint Frazier


2013 Bowman Sterling Prospects Clint Frazier #4

2013 Bowman Sterling as a whole has more autographs than basic cards. Take out the Refractors and they’re even tougher. This is a legitimately tough card to find. That makes it significantly more expensive that the much more plentiful Bowman Chrome card. Even Sterling’s Refractors can seem easier to locate than the base Prospect insert at times.

Parallels: Refractor (/199), Gold Refractor (/50), Blue Refractor (/25), Japan Fractor (/25), Purple Refractor (/10), Gold Canary Diamond Refractor (/3), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractor (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)

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2013 Elite Extra Edition Clint Frazier Autograph


2013 Elite Extra Edition Clint Frazier Autograph #105 /324

As far as Panini brands go, Elite Extra Edition is the one most synonymous with prospects and rookies. Frazier is featured in the 2013 product with an autograph. It’s hard-signed and numbered to a moderate 324 copies.

On top of that are several levels of parallels. It’s worth noting that not all of these parallels are autographed.

Parallels: Signature Aspirations (/100), Signature Status Blue (/50), Signature Red Ink (/25), Signature Status Emerald (/25), Signature Green Ink (/10), Signature Status Orange (/10), Signature Status Gold (/5), Signature Status Black (1/1)
Unsigned Parallels: Aspirations (/200), Status (/100), Status Emerald (/25), Status Orange (/10), Status Gold (/5)

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2013 Leaf Memories Autographs Clint Frazier


2013 Leaf Memories Autographs Clint Frazier #CF1

2013 Leaf Memories is an homage to, arguably, the most popular Leaf set of all-time, 1990 Leaf Baseball. The general design is similar to the original set. While Frazier has a base card in the product, it’s the autographed insert that gets the attention. Like all of his cards that don’t feature MLB logos and uniforms, values aren’t quite as strong. However, that makes for better prices for those who simply want an autograph.

Parallels: Blue (/50), Gold (/25), Green (/10), 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)

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2013 Leaf Metal Draft Clint Frazier


2013 Leaf Metal Draft Clint Frazier Autograph #CF1

This card takes a similar approach as Bowman Chrome. The chromium stock lets the signature pop. It also makes for lots of opportunities for colorful parallels. Although not serial numbered, the 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Clint Frazier autograph has a confirmed print run of 40 copies.

Parallels: Prismatic Purple (/25), Prismatic Blue (/15), Prismatic Green (/10), Prismatic Red (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Super Prismatic (1/1)

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2013 Leaf Trinity Inscriptions Clint Frazier


2013 Leaf Trinity Inscriptions Clint Frazier #DTICF1 /30

This card may come from Trinity’s Inscriptions subset, but it most certainly doesn’t have the added notes that most players added. But the autograph is still there, alongside an elegant design.

Parallels: Silver (/25), Gold (/10), Red (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Purple (1/1)

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2013 Leaf Trinity Patch Autographs Clint Frazier


2013 Leaf Trinity Jumbo Patches Clint Frazier #DTPCF1

This card raises the stakes on the autograph. It’s joined by a massive patch swatch. It’s a player-worn jersey as opposed to one that’s game-used but they still have the visual appeal. Not numbered, Leaf announced that the base version has just 27 copies.

Parallels: Silver (/25), Gold (/10), Red (/5), Purple (1/1)

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2013 Leaf Trinity Pure Autographs Clint Frazier


2013 Leaf Trinity Pure Glass Autographs Clint Frazier #CF1 /60

Pure, the third type of autograph in 2013 Leaf Trinity Baseball, is done on plexiglass stock. Not only does it make for a see-through look, but the images have a layered look to them that’s rarely used.

Parallels: Blue (/25), Green (/10), Red (/5), Purple (1/1)

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2013 Panini Prizm Draft Clint Frazier Autograph


2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Signatures Clint Frazier #3

In 2013, Panini expanded it’s late-season offerings with a chromium draft product of their own. The design is a lot different from both Bowman Chrome Draft and Leaf Metal Draft, but the concept is the same. Autographs and chromium dominate the product.

There are a handful of Refractor-like Prizms parallels but not nearly as many as the brand would have the following season.

Parallels: Prizms, Green Prizms, Red Prizms (/100), Blue Prizms (/75), Gold Prizms (/10), Black Finite Prizms (1/1)

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313 Clint Frazier


2017 Topps Now Clint Frazier

Clint Frazier’s first card as a major leaguer was sold within hours of his debut. Offered through the print-on-demand 2017 Topps Now Baseball set, the card highlights his impressive first game. Topps also released autographed versions of the card. As the season continues, it’s possible more 2017 Topps Now Clint Frazier cards will be produced.

Parallels: Golden Ticket (1/1)

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

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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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