Newest Chicago White Sox prospect Jose Abreu will make MLB baseball card debut in 2014 Bowman

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A potential future star now has a place for his MLB debut — in 2014 Bowman.

The Chicago White Sox grabbed international free agent Jose Abreu over the weekend, agreeing to sign the Cuban star to a reported six-year deal worth nearly $70 million — a mark that’s more than what recent Cuban stars Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig received. When and where he makes his major league debut may not be known yet, but his first appearance on officially licensed MLB cardboard is.

Topps announced Monday that he’ll make his debut in an MLB uniform in 2014 Bowman. Also part of the company’s announcement? Those cards will arrive signed.

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Topps isn’t the only company to sign a deal with Abreu. Panini America previously announced that Abreu will appear in its upcoming 2013 Prizm Perennial Draft Picks product that is scheduled to arrive next month. Those cards are approved by the MLBPA, but do not carry the Major League Baseball trademarks. Leaf Trading Cards included a redemption card for a non-Metal autograph card for the 6-foot-3, 225-pound slugger in its recently released 2013 Leaf Metal Draft product.

Of course, the only previous baseball cards of Abreu are from 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition — a $60 base card found in the high-end product that also has a Gold (/25) and a Red (/5) parallel.

Abreu, 26, hit .397 with 37 home runs in 92 games during the 2011-12 season.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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7 comments

  1. Richard 21 October, 2013 at 17:24

    The hype behind this kid is insane
    Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig have both proven to be rookie of the year caliber type players,
    which is to say they get votes and it does not seem unreasonable, but this guy is older and it is
    really hard to say how well he will do once he has to face MLB pitching. People are pricing him at
    Bryce Harper levels, and Bryce at .275 BA, 20 HRs is hardly worth the hype if not for his young age
    and the hope he is still growing.

  2. Ernest Hernan 21 October, 2013 at 18:57

    to all of those persons thinking that this guy is all hype I say just wait until next season and all of you will be amazed, he’s going to make your head spin since the very begining. I don’t know how people are still comparing Yoenis Cespedes and Yasiel Puig to him, when Cespedes said he (Abreu) is the real deal.

  3. Jason K 22 October, 2013 at 14:58

    Any word if there will be a real picture in a real MLB uniform (even a spring training uniform), or is it gonna be a a photoshopped job like the one above. Photoshopped cards annoy the crap outta me (one of many reasons I avoid most Bowman products).

  4. Richard 22 October, 2013 at 17:34

    Even if you are a great talent, like Cespedes, does not mean you will be accurate in your scouting.
    Look at Michael Jordan, greatest Basketball player of his generation, and the people he drafted
    have usually been clunkers. Kwame Brown, Adam Morrison, D.J. Augustin ring a bell?

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