Mookie Betts Rookie Card Countdown

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Although he has been a key piece for the Boston Red Sox since his debut in 2014, it wasn’t until a couple of years later that Mookie Betts broke out both on the field and in the hobby. And as he excels in all areas of the game — while playing for one of baseball’s most high-profile teams — Mookie Betts Rookie Cards and other key cards in his portfolio are gaining more attention.

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As far as actual rookie cards go, Betts has just six. All were released in the latter part of the year.

Betts is actually something of an anomaly in today’s hobby in that he didn’t have dozens of cards in the years leading up to his MLB debut. In fact, the first major Mookie Betts cards didn’t arrive until a few months before his Red Sox debut. 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks is the only set he was in that year. A little closer to his debut, Betts made his way into 2014 Bowman Baseball, which included his important Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph.

Continuing reading to delve deeper into Mookie Betts rookie cards. We rank all of his RC cards and highlight other important cards and autographs after that.

Most Valuable Mookie Betts Rookie Cards

The following is a full list of Mookie Betts rookie cards as noted in the Beckett Baseball Card price guide and database with the RC tag. Cards are ranked based on their value. Subscribers have access to values for specific cards. A list of additional key cards follows.


6. 2014 Classics Mookie Betts RC #169

2014 Classics, which was released by Panini, has a lot of high-end elements. The base set isn’t one of them. This keeps the value of this card in check. The lack of MLB marks is another factor for some, although those that don’t have a preference may appreciate the lower price. Betts has an autograph in the product as well.

Parallels: Timeless Tributes Silver (/149), Timeless Tributes Gold (/25), Timeless Tributes Platinum (1/1)

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5. 2014 Stadium Club Mookie Betts RC #140

2014 Stadium Club marked the returned of the photography-focused brand. It doesn’t have quite the premium feel that the original Stadium Club cards had when they debuted in 1991. However, the full-bleed design and action photo make it stand out from other Mookie Betts rookie cards.

Parallels: Electric Foil, Gold, Members Only, Rainbow, Foilboard (/25)

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2014 Stadium Club Mookie Betts RC



4. 2014 Topps Update Series Mookie Betts RC #US26

Because he made his MLB debut mid-way through the season, Mookie Betts rookie cards are relegated to late-season releases. Most of those lean towards the high-end. 2014 Topps Update is a very notable exception. Because it’s an extension of the flagship line, it’s readily available. That supply keeps prices in check. In addition to his regular rookie, which has him batting, there’s a short print variation with Betts sitting in the dugout.

Parallels: Red Hot Foil, Target Red Border, Walmart Blue Border, Gold (/2014), Camo (/99), Black (/63), Pink (/50), 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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2014 Topps Update Series Mookie Betts RC



3. 2014 Bowman Sterling Mookie Betts RC #17

If you’re looking for the base version, this might very well be the toughest Mookie Betts rookie card outside of National Treasures. It’s not numbered, so it’s a speculative guess. But 2014 Bowman Sterling was heavy on autographs and light on base cards. Each pack had just one base or Prospect card total. And many of those were Refractors. Factor in the high price per pack and box and that the set wasn’t much of a hit and it’s a little easier to understand its rarity.

Parallels: Refractors (/199), Purple Refractors (/50), Blue Refractors (/25), Japan Fractors (/25), Atomic Refractors (/10), Canary Diamond Refractors (/3), Japan Atomic Refractors (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractors (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2. 2014 Topps Heritage High Number Mookie Betts RC #H558

The 2014 Topps Heritage High Number Mookie Betts rookie card wasn’t found in packs. Rather, it was part of a factory set. In the two previous years, these factory sets were online exclusives. In 2014, they were offered to hobby shops so they were a little more accessible to collectors as a whole. However, even with an autograph in each set, by their nature, a lot of the sets were likely kept in tact. So while not incredibly scarce, finding any sort of quantity is difficult. Combine that with the popularity of the Heritage name and you’ve got the most valuable Mookie Betts RC that doesn’t come with an autograph.

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1. 2014 Panini National Treasures Mookie Betts RC #210 Auto Jersey /99

National Treasures is one of Panini’s premier lines. It’s also one of their most expensive. The 2014 National Treasures Mookie Betts rookie card is his only base card to come signed. It also has a massive game-worn jersey swatch and it’s numbered to just 99 copies. Even without the MLB logos, this trumps all of Betts’ other rookie cards.

Parallels: Purple (/49), Gold (/25), Black (/10), Green (/5), Brand Logo Red (1/1), Laundry Tag Blue (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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2014 Panini National Treasures Mookie Betts RC


Top Mookie Betts Prospect Cards and Early Cards

The following is a list of early Mookie Betts cards that don’t fit the traditional rookie card definition. But as the hobby evolved, official rookie cards aren’t always the most popular. With that in mind, here is a list of some of Betts’ most popular and important cards from his rookie year and earlier.

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Signatures Mookie Betts #97

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks is the only set from that year to include Betts on their checklist. Although he’s in the main set, it’s the Prospect Signatures autograph that gets the attention. Signed on card, it takes a similar chromium approach as Bowman Chrome. This includes the handful of colorful Prizms parallels. Despite being his first autograph, it still carries a significantly lower value than the Chrome autograph that would follow a few months later. The lack of licensing is one factor. Bowman’s dominance in the prospect arena is likely the bigger one, though.

2013 Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Mookie Betts Autograph

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

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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Mookie Betts #BMAP-MB

It might not have the RC tag, but to many this is the Mookie Betts card to have. Released with 2014 Bowman Baseball, the card came out a couple of months before his MLB debut. Signed on-card, it’s his first autograph in a MLB uniform. More important, it’s his first Bowman Chrome autograph — something that’s key for most players in the hobby today.

2014 Bowman Chrome Mookie Betts Autograph

Parallels: Refractors (/500), Blue Refractors (/150), Black Refractors (/99), Green Refractors (/75), Black Wave Refractors (/50), Blue Wave Refractors (/50), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Purple Refractors (/10), Orange Wave Refractors (/5), 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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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Mookie Betts #BCP109

Autographs can get expensive. Base Bowman Chrome Prospect cards usually aren’t. This card has the appeal of being Betts’ first as a member of the Red Sox. It’s not expensive. Some might treat it like a rookie card. Technically, it’s an insert so it doesn’t have the RC label. Looking for a chase or rarity? Look to the more than a dozen Refractor parallels.

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Mookie Betts

Parallels: Black Wave Refractors, Blue Wave Refractors, Orange Wave Refractors, Refractors (/500), Purple Refractors (/199), Blue Refractors (/250), Black Refractors (/99), Green Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Green Wave Refractors (/25), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Wave Refractors (/25), Silver Wave 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)

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2014 Bowman Platinum Relic Autographs Mookie Betts #AR-MB

Mookie Betts doesn’t have much of a presence in 2014 Bowman Platinum. However, he does have an autographed memorabilia card. It was the first card on the market to have both premium elements.

2014 Bowman Platinum Jersey Autograph Mookie Betts

Parallels: Blue Refractors (/199), Gold Refractors (/50), Red Refractors (/25), Canary Refractors (/15), Camo Refractors (/10), Atomic 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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2014 Bowman Sterling Rookie Autographs Mookie Betts #BSRA-MB

Strangely, the autograph is easier to find than his base card. Maybe that’s because people are more likely to sell autographs than regular cards. Or it’s a sign that the autograph is more common. Either way, if you’re looking for a Mookie Betts autograph from his rookie season, this is one of the more affordable ones.

2014 Bowman Sterling Rookie Autographs Mookie Betts

Parallels: Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/125), Magenta Refractors (/99), Orange Refractors (/75), Purple Refractors (/50), Blue Refractors (/25), Black Atomic Refractors (/10), Japan Fractors (/5), Canary Diamond Refractors (/3), Japan Atomic Refractors (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red Refractors (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2014 Stadium Club Autographs Mookie Betts #SCA-MBE

Basically, this is a signed version of his base card. The box has been added, the number on the back changed and a couple of authentication notes added. Like the regular rookie card, it benefits from a crisp action photo. The on-card signature is a good touch as well.

2014 Stadium Club Mookie Betts Autograph

Parallels: Rainbow (/50), Gold (/25), Electric Foil (1/1)

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2014 Topps Five Star Autographs #FSA-MBE /499

When it debuted, Five Star was the top of Topps’ high-end products. A couple have surpassed it since, but there’s definitely something to the clean design. It’s also hard-signed. But with 499 copies plus parallels, rarity isn’t much of a factor.

2014 Topps Five Star Autographs Mookie Betts

Parallels: Rainbow (/25), Five Star (1/1)

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2014 Topps Heritage High Number Real One Autographs #ROA-MB

Each 2014 Topps Heritage High Number factory set came with one of 34 different autographs, Betts being one of them. Signed on-card, it’s also part of one of baseball’s most popular autograph lines. Like other Real One Autographs, it has a Red Ink parallel, which is numbered to just 10 copies.

2014 Topps Heritage Real One Autographs Mookie Betts

Parallels: Red Ink (/10)

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2014 Topps Supreme Autographs #SA-MB /50

Topps Supreme didn’t last long in baseball. The low-end nature didn’t click. However, if low numbered cards are your thing, everything in the product is numbered to 50 or less. But when it comes to Betts’ autograph, that can be a little misleading. Yes, the base version has 50 copies. But all of the parallels combined have more than 150 copies. So while each is on the rare side individually, finding one of them isn’t so much. The card’s popularity is also hindered a bit by the sticker signature.

2014 Topps Supreme Mookie Betts Autograph Orange

Parallels: Green (/45), Sepia (/35), Purple (/25), Blue (/20), Orange (/15), Red (/10), Black (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Supreme (1/1)

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

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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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8 comments

  1. Jennifer 30 August, 2017 at 08:49

    I actually have Mookie’s gold rookie card. The one with him coming out the dugout that has the date on it. And when I went to see him at the Red Sox winter weekend he signed it. It is my favorite card of his that I collect. I am almost up to 100 Mookie Betts cards. I hope to pass that number soon

  2. Craig 3 May, 2018 at 00:22

    Question…Why are any of Panini’s baseball products considered “RC’s”? I have always been under the belief that, in it’s simplest form, an “RC” is the first card of a player in his Major League uniform. Without Panini being fully licensed, these cards obviously don’t show them in Major League uniforms. Can you please explain why Panini’s cards are considered “RC’s”?

    • Ryan Cracknell 10 May, 2018 at 20:50

      @Craig — Different people view the RC tag and what is and isn’t a Rookie Card. In the most basic sense, at Beckett, logos or no logos isn’t one of the considerations. Panini’s products have veterans and rookies, so RC tags are assigned accordingly. Leaf’s products are prospect-driven. Without the veteran focus, they don’t get RC tags.

  3. Mike 29 May, 2018 at 07:45

    I recently bought a box of 2014 Topps Heritage hobby baseball cards hoping to pull a Betts rookie. According to this article, that is not possible. Or am I reading that incorrectly? Thanks in advance!

    • Ryan Cracknell 30 May, 2018 at 12:47

      @Mike – Betts is only in the High Number factory set and not in any Heritage packs.

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