Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card and Key Prospect Card Guide

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With his first season in full swing, the Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card lineup is taking shape. From easy-to-find base cards to tough autographs, there are already plenty of options for collectors to choose from.

The athletic shortstop is young and has plenty of tools. Tatis, the son of the former Cardinals slugger, can hit for power like his dad and cause general chaos at the plate. He’s also solid with his glove and arm.

Tatis spent most of 2017, then 18-years old, with Single-A  Fort Wayne. He hit 21 home runs for the team, setting a franchise record. He made a brief appearance at the Double-A level where he stayed for 2018. The infielder stayed consistent at the plate, hitting another 16 homers to go with a .286 batting average.

Entering 2019, he’s just 20-years old. Both MLB.com and Baseball America have Tatis ranked as the second best prospect in the game, trailing only Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The first Fernando Tatis Jr. cards came out in 2015 Elite Extra Edition Baseball. His first MLB cards followed in 2016 and have continued to appear in the ensuing years. Collectors already have lots to choose from, including autographs.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Guide

The following is a list of Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards listed with the RC tag in the Beckett Database. These are base cards, not inserts or parallels. This list will be updated in the months ahead as more sets come out. Cards are listed alphabetically.


2019 Donruss Optic Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card #84

Parallels: Holo, Carolina Blue and White, Lime Green, Pink, Red Wave, White Sparkles, Pink Velocity (/199), Red, White and Blue 150th Anniversary (/150), Purple Stars (/125), Orange (/99), Pandora (/99), Blue Pandora (/99), Purple Pandora (/99), Red Pandora (/99), We the People (/76), Blue (/75), Red (/60), Carolina Blue (/50), Teal Velocity (/35), Black (/25), Gold (/10), Blue Cracked Ice (/7), Green Cracked Ice (/7), Red Cracked Ice (/7), Green (/5), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2019 Donruss Optic Fernando Tatis Jr RC




2019 Finest Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card #85

Parallels: Refractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Superfractors (1/1)

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2019 Finest Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card




2019 Immaculate Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. RC Auto Patch #38 /99

Parallels: Gold (/49), Buttons (/10), Blue (/5), Brand Logo (1/1), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Tags (1/1)

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2019 Immaculate Collection Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Card




2019 Panini Leather and Lumber Fernando Tatis Jr. RC Autograph #140 /149

Parallels: Leather Signatures (/149), Lumber Signatures (/149), Baseball Signatures Black (/125), Baseball Signatures Blue (/99), Leather Signatures Dark Brown (/99), Lumber Signatures (/99), Baseball Signatures Pink (/75), Baseball Signatures Light Blue (/35), Baseball Signatures Black Gold (/25), Leather Signatures Black and Silver (/25), Lumber Signatures Holo Silver (/25), Baseball Signatures Gold (/10), Leather Signatures Black and Gold (/10), Lumber Signatures Black (/10), Baseball Signatures Green (/5), Baseball Signatures Red and Blue (1/1)

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2019 Stadium Club Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #88

Parallels: Black and White, Black Foil, First Day Issue, Members Only, Photographer’s Proof, Red Foil, Rainbow Foil (/25), Gold Rainbow (1/1)

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2019 Topps Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410

Parallels: 150th Anniversary, All-Star Game Foil, Purple, Rainbow Foil, Gold (/2019), Factory Set Foilboard (/162), Advanced Stats (/150), Vintage Stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Black (/67), 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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2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #183

Parallels: Hot Box Gold Border, Mini, Mini A and G Back, Mini Black Border, Mini Gold Border, Mini No Number (50 Copies), Mini Brooklyn Back (/25), Glossy (1/1), Mini Glossy (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Black (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Mini Framed Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Mini Wood (1/1)

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2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #183

Parallels: Mini, Mini Red (/5), Mini Silver (1/1)

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2019 Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card #203

Parallels: Refractors, Negative Refractors, Pink Refractors, Prism Refractors, Sepia Refractors, X-fractors, Purple Refractors (/299), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Green Wave Refractors (/99), Blue Wave Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Wave Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Orange Wave Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Red Wave 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)

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2019 Topps Diamond Icons Fernando Tatis Jr. RC Autograph #

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

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2019 Topps Diamond Icons Fernando Tatis Jr RC Autograph




2019 Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #517

Parallels: French Text, Silver Metal, Mini (/100), Black Border (50 copies), Reverse Stock (5 copies)

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2019 Topps Museum Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #87

Parallels: Copper, Sapphire (/150), Amethyst (/99), Ruby (/50), Emerald (1/1)

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2019 Topps Museum Collection Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Card



Key Early Fernando Tatis Jr. Cards

This list covers only the key earliest Fernando Tatis Jr. cards from 2015 and 2016. He also has lots of other cards and autographs in ensuing years from Topps, Panini and Leaf that are also popular. Here’s a full checklist of Fernando Tatis Jr. cards.


2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospect Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr. #175

2015 Elite Extra Edition Baseball is the first product to include Fernando Tatis Jr. cards. In fact, it’s the only 2015 set to have him at all. While he has a base card, it’s the Prospect Autograph that gets more of the attention. It’s important to not that even though 2015 Elite Extra Edition uses ink color variations for some of its parallels, the base versions of Tatis’ autograph have red signatures.

For those looking for something more reasonably priced than his first Bowman Chrome autograph, this is certainly an option.

Parallels: Aspirations Die Cut (/100), Status Purple Die Cut (/75), Status Blue Die Cut (/50), Red Ink (/25), Status Emerald Die Cut (/25), Green Ink (/10), Status Orange Die Cut (/10), Status Gold Die Cut (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Status Black Die Cut (1/1)

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2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospect Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr




2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr. #CPA-FT

This is the cornerstone Fernando Tatis Jr. card as far as his early stuff goes. Found in packs of 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball, there are a few things that make this card so popular. First, it’s his debut autograph in a MLB uniform. That ties into the fact that it’s part of the Bowman Chrome line, a brand that carries tremendous clout (and a decent history) among collectors. The on-card signature is also a cherry that isn’t found with all early Tatis autographs.

Parallels: Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Orange Shimmer Refractors (/10), Red Shimmer Refractors (/10), Red Refractors (/5), Blue Twitter Refractors (/3), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr




2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. #BCP17

Virtually identical in appearance to the autographed version, the regular 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. card comes with a much lower price point. At this point, his autograph is already much higher that a lot of collectors are willing to pay. This card has the MLB uniform and the brand, not to mention lots of colorful Refractors. Tatis also has a regular Bowman Prospect card in the same set that is even more affordable.

Parallels: Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Green Shimmer Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Orange Shimmer Refractors (/25), Blue Twitter Refractors (/15), 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)

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2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Fernando Tatis Jr




2016 Bowman Family Tree Fernando Tatis/Fernando Tatis Jr. #FTT

Baseball has long been romanticized through the bond between fathers and sons. 2016 Bowman Family Tree makes it a little more concrete, tracing modern baseball lineage. One of those combos is Fernando Tatis Jr. alongside his dad, Fernando Tatis. The elder Tatis hit 34 home runs and drove in 107 runs for the Cardinals the year his son was born.

Parallels: Blue (/150), Green (/99), Orange (/25), Red (/5), Metallic (1/1)

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2016 Bowman Family Tree Fernando Tatis/Fernando Tatis Jr




2016 Bowman International Ink Autographs Gold Fernando Tatis Jr. #IIFT /99

This is actually a parallel of a regular insert set looking at international prospects. Visually, it might not be the most exciting card. There are a lot of logos at play and the shot is very casual. The use of a sticker for the signature isn’t ideal for some, but it is limited to 99 copies. It’s that numbering that gives it a hefty price tag.

It’s worth noting that it’s in packs as a redemption. The final cards are live, but the actual redemption card expired in 2018.

Parallels: Metallic (1/1)

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2016 Bowman International Ink Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr



 

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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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