Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card Guide and Other Early Cards of Note

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For collectors, the first Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card had been a long time coming. He entered 2019 as baseball’s consensus top prospect. This comes after 2018 where he was third on both Baseball America and MLB‘s list of the Top 100 Prospects behind only Ronald Acuna and Shohei Ohtani.

The wait is over and collectors have plenty of Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards to choose from.

Not long after Guerrero joined the Blue Jays, the baseball cards followed. These were initially focused primarily in prospect sets from both Topps and Panini. Although they have been popular from the get-go, Vladimir Guerrero cards exploded in 2017 as his true potential became more clear.

There’s also the name recognition that comes with being the son of a recent MLB great who just so happens to be a Hall of Famer.

If you’re curious about Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Rookie Cards, a deep dive follows. After that are highlights of notable cards from his earliest days as a pro that don’t fit the traditional RC definition.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card Guide

Here’s a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card breakdown. Please note that only cards with the RC tag in the Beckett Baseball Card Database and Price Guide are included. Inserts and parallels are not. A full Vladimir Guerrero baseball card checklist can be found in the Beckett database.

Cards are listed alphabetically.

2019 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #73

Guerrero’s RC here doesn’t draw nearly the same attention as his first Bowman Chrome Prospects card from 2016. It doesn’t command the same price, either. For those who prefer chromium cards, this is one of the more affordable options.

Parallels: Refractors (/499), 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 Bowman Heritage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #53VR-26

Part of an online-exclusive release, Guerrero’s card in 2019 Bowman Heritage Baseball is based on a 1953 Bowman design. It’s about as minimalist as it gets without even a name on the front. Not as readily available as a lot of his other Rookie Cards due to the limited distribution, this one’s still reasonably priced.

Parallels: Black and White

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2019 Bowman’s Best Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #26

Another one of Guerrero’s cheaper chrome options, 2019 Bowman’s Best has a lot more color and design elements than Bowman Chrome. But the product as a whole is driven by prospects and autographs so base cards such as this can get somewhat lost in the mix.

Parallels: Atomic Refractors, Refractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10), Superfractors (1/1)

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2019 Certified Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #35

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Green, Blue (/99), Mirror Gold (/25), Red (/25), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

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2019 Donruss Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #256

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles, an anthology release that covers a lot of brands, this card updates the earlier 2019 Donruss release. It’s one of a handful of rookie bookends that weren’t eligible at the time Panini’s flagship release came out.

Parallels: Red (/99), Blue (/50), Pink (/25), Light Blue (/10), Green (/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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2019 Donruss Optic Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #64

2019 Donruss Optic Baseball takes the main set and gives it a chromium makeover. Because Guerrero didn’t appear until the Chronicles updates, this was an entirely new card. That said, it also has a different photo from the Chronicles Donruss card. A large parallel rainbow adds to the chase with a lot of colors, patterns and tiered rarity.

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 Finest Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #101

The first MLB Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card to be found in packs belongs to 2019 Finest Baseball. And it’s a bit of an odd situation. Compared to the first 100 cards in the set, Guerrero is a short print. He’s not a huge one, but supply is definitely smaller. However, he’s also more plentiful than the 25 Base Extended cards. Guerrero shares a spot on the checklist with Yusei Kikuchi. But because Guerrero’s is more plentiful, it’s still an RC in the database.

It doesn’t look as though this card has any Refractor parallels like other base cards in the product.

In addition to his main card, there’s also a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. autograph in 2019 Finest.

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2019 Finest Vladimir Guerrero Jr Rookie Card

2019 Immaculate Collection Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Auto Patch #20 /99

One of Panini’s high-end brands, the 2019 Immaculate Collection Vladimir Guerrero is his first RC to have both a premium swatch and an on-card autograph. And with just 99 copies for the base version, it’s not going to be easy to find as time passes.

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 Limited Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #13

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

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2019 Panini Ascension Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #15

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Gold (/199), Blue (/99), Red (/50), Holo Silver (/25), Holo Gold (/10), Holo Platinum 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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2019 Panini Chronicles Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #49

The big focus of 2019 Panini Chronicles is that it focuses on a lot of things. Variety flow through more than a dozen brands showing up in the same packs with Chronicles acting as something to frame it around.

Parallels: Red (/99), Blue (/50), Pink (/25), Light Blue (/10), Green (/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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2019 Panini Contenders Optic Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #20

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Holo, White Sparkle, Hyper (/299), Ruby Wave (/199), Blue Ice (/99), Purple Mojo (/75), Green (/50), Pink (/25), Neon Orange (/17), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2019 Panini Crusade Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #21

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Holo, White Sparkle, Hyper (/299), Ruby Wave (/199), Blue Ice (/99), Purple Mojo (/75), Green (/50), Pink (/25), Neon Orange (/17), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2019 Panini Flawless Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #58 /20

One of the rarest Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards, Flawless doesn’t have an autograph or compelling patch (at least in the base set). However, it does come with a diamond embedded in it. And then there’s that print run of just 20 copies. Guerrero has a second base card in the 2019 Panini Flawless that has a black and white image.

Parallels: Holo Gold (/10), Holo Platinum (/5), Black (1/1)

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2019 Panini Flawless Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Panini Leather and Lumber Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Autograph #137 /149

2019 Panini Leather and Lumber is a tactile set throughout its checklist. There’s no shortage of materials and shapes used to create the set. That comes through in the Rookie Autographs portion of the product, which includes the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card. It’s done to resemble an autographed baseball with the signature on the sweet spot. Other versions of the card use a leather signing area and a piece of wood. The card has 149 copies plus plenty of parallels.

Parallels: Leather Signatures (/149), Lumber Signatures (/149), Base Signatures Black (/125), Baseball Signatures Blue (/99), Leather Signatures Dark Brown (/99), Lumber Signatures Blue (/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 Panini National Treasures Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Auto Patch #29 /99

Like other sports, 2019 National Treasures Rookie Cards are driven by the trifecta of on-card ink, jumbo patch pieces and small print runs.

Parallels: Gold (/49), Holo Gold (/25), Holo Silver (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Tag (1/1)

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2019 Panini Obsidian Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #7

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Electric Etch Purple (/99), Electric Etch Orange (/50), Electric Etch Red (/25), Electric Etch Yellow (/10), Electric Etch Green (/5), Electric Etch White Finite (1/1)

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2019 Panini Phoenix Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #14

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Holo, White Sparkle, Hyper (/299), Ruby Wave (/199), Blue Ice (/99), Purple Mojo (/75), Green (/50), Pink (/25), Neon Orange (/17), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2019 Panini Spectra Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #95

2019 Panini Chronicles has several chrome brands available in packs. Spectra is one of the more premium ones. It also has a large checklist.

Parallels: Neon Blue (/99), Neon Pink (/75), Neon Green (/49), Red Mosaic (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Nebula (1/1)

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2019 Panini Status Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #34

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Green, Blue (/99), Red (/25), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

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2019 Panini Titan Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #24

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Holo, White Sparkle, Hyper (/299), Ruby Wave (/199), Blue Ice (/99), Purple Mojo (/75), Green (/50), Pink (/25), Neon Orange (/17), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2019 Panini Unparalleled Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #27

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Astral, Galactic, Diamond (/99), Squared (/25), Orbit (/10), Burst (1/1)

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2019 Playoff Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #16

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Gold (/199), Blue (/99), Red (/50), Holo Silver (/25), Holo Gold (/10), Holo Platinum 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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2019 Rookies & Stars Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #13

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Gold (/199), Blue (/99), Red (/50), Holo Silver (/25), Holo Gold (/10), Holo Platinum 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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2019 Score Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #9

Found in packs of 2019 Panini Chronicles.

Parallels: Red (/99), Blue (/50), Pink (/25), Light Blue (/10), Green (/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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2019 Stadium Club Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #301

A late addition to the 2019 Stadium Club checklist, Topps said this card isn’t a short print. That said, those breaking in any level of quantity noted slightly — but noticeable — smaller numbers for it compared to the other 300 base cards. No parallels have surfaced for it, either.

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2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #278

One of the more affordable Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards, Allen & Ginter got its start more than 100 years ago as a tobacco brand the offered eclectic cards. Topps has maintained that tobacco-era vibe since they brought A&G back in 2006. It’s further expanded with the many tobacco mini parallels 2019 Allen & Ginter has.

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 and Ginter Vladimir Guerrero Jr Rookie Card

2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #278

The 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X Vladimir Guerrero Jr. comes from the online-only offshoot of the main A&G release. The black background adds some pop and while not exactly rare, this one is available in much smaller numbers compared to the original version.

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

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2019 Topps Archives Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #14

2019 Topps Archives Baseball is a hodge podge of nostalgia. For the set’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card, that comes through with the design, which has roots in 1958 Topps Baseball. It’s not a fancy card and should remain on the affordable side compared to others. Guerrero also has a similar variation short print on the checklist where he’s holding a bat.

Parallels: Purple (/175), Silver (/99), Blue (/25), Gold Foil (1/1)

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2019 Topps Archives Snapshots Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #AS-VG

Another online-exclusive release, 2019 Topps Archives Snapshots delves into the company’s vault for unused or seldom seen photos. That might not be as apparent for rookies like Guerrero but there’s also a significant focus on retired stars in the product.

Parallels: Black and White, Blue (/50), Gold (/10), Black (1/1)

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2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #36

2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection Baseball wasn’t just an online exclusive, but its distribution was limited to members of their 582 Montgomery Club. With autographs being the major focus, base cards such as this can be somewhat overlooked. Although it’s hard to classify this as rare, supplies are noticeably smaller than Guerrero’s mainstream RCs.

Parallels: Black (/75), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/5), Platinum (1/1)

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2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Topps Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #201

When it comes to Topps Chrome, “taste the rainbow” isn’t just a Skittles tag line. In addition to the base RC, the card has a bunch of additional Refractors that are popular with a lot of collectors. Guerrero’s also part of the Rookie Autographs lineup, which has even more parallels.

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 Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #

When it comes to the most valuable Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards, 2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire ranks right near the top. An online-only release that sold out extremely fast, it has a patterned take on Topps Chrome. Usually, the “shards” are blue, but Topps went with a more traditional Atomic Refractor look this year.

Parallels: Orange (/25), Purple (/10), Red (/5), Superfractors (1/1)

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2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Topps Chrome Update Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #21

One of the later releases of the season, Topps Chrome Update returned as a Target-exclusive release. Expanding further from some of the line’s earlier years, the Refractor rainbow is more in line with the standard Topps Chrome release.

Parallels: Pink Refractors, Refractors (/250), X-Fractors (/199), Purple Refractors (/175), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold 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)

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2019 Topps Clearly Authentic Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Autograph #CAA-VG

Acetate and autographs. The concept for Topps Clearly Authentic isn’t complicated. And for fans of the combination, it’s definitely not a bad thing.

Parallels: Green (/99), Black (/75), Red (/50), Blue (/25), Purple (/10), Orange (/5), Gold (1/1)

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2019 Topps Diamond Icons Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Autograph #AC-VGJ

Guerrero has no shortage of different rookie autographs. However, most of them fall under the insert category. 2019 Topps Diamond Icons has one of his earliest autographed RCs. And it’s extremely tough, with just 25 copies.

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

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2019 Topps Dynasty Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Auto Patch #DAP-VGJ1 to #DAP-VGJ5 /10

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has five different Rookie Cards in 2019 Topps Dynasty Baseball. Each is an autographed patch card numbered to just 10 copies. Even factoring them all in and their respective parallels, there’s still less than 100 total copies combined.

Parallels: Silver (/5), Gold (1/1)

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2019 Topps Dynasty Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Topps Fire Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #132

Another Target-only release, the 2019 Topps Fire Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is one of the slugger’s bolder Rookies. It’s also one of the more affordable.

Parallels: Blue, Flame, Gold Mint, Onyx, Orange (/299), Green (/199), Purple (/99), Magenta (/25), Inferno (1/1)

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2019 Topps Five Star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Autograph #FSA-VGJ

A lot has changed since Five Star made its baseball debut in the early part of the 2010s, but a lot of that has to do with configuration and the continued expansion of super-premium lines. What’s here is an autograph that comes with on-card ink and an elegant design. With a lack of serial number, the price is somewhat reasonable all things considered.

Parallels: Purple (/50), Blue (/25), Green (/15), Gold (/10), Orange (/5), Red (1/1)

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2019 Topps Gallery Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #98

Art is the central theme in 2019 Topps Gallery Baseball, a relatively inexpensive Walmart exclusive.

Parallels: Artist Proof, Canvas, Private Issue (/250), Green (/99), Blue (/50), Orange (/25), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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2019 Topps Gold Label Class 1 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #99

2019 Topps Gold Label has three different cards for each of its players — including Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Class 1 is the most common of the three, making it the base version and Rookie Card.

Parallels: Black, Blue (/150), Red (/75), Gold (1/1)

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2019 Topps Heritage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #504

Part of 2019 Topps Heritage High Number, this card boasts the 1970 Topps Baseball design. It’s another throwback look and it’s a line that’s extremely popular with a lot of collectors. Don’t be surprised if, over time, this one costs a little more than many of the third baseman’s other more common RCs because of this brand affinity.

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

Variations: Action, Nickname, Team Color

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2019 Topps Heritage Vladimir Guerrero Jr Rookie Card

2019 Topps Museum Collection Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #100

Part of a high-end release, this isn’t a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card you’re likely to find in bulk. That said, with collectors primarily chasing Museum Collection’s autographs (Guerrero has one), the base cards can be somewhat overlooked.

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

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2019 Topps Museum Collection Vladimir Guerrero Jr Rookie Card

2019 Topps Transcendent Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #25 /100

Hailing from the most expensive box of cards in baseball, the 2019 Topps Transcendent Vladimir Guerrero Rookie Card has a little more mystique than you’d expect at first glance. Numbered to 100, it has no parallels. The high-end build of the card is topped off with a metal frame. While many join Transcendent breaks in hopes of a big-time autograph, Rookie Cards such as this could be seen as something of sleepers.

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2019 Topps Transcendent Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Topps Triple Threads Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Auto Triple Relic #RFPAR-VG /99

If you’re looking for a high-end Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card with all the fixings and a more reasonable price tag (relatively speaking), this might be it. With a lot of collectors chasing other autograph and relic rarities in Triple Threads, its RCs can be overlooked. However, you’ve got an on-card autograph, three swatches and a small print run of just 99 copies.

Parallels: Amethyst (/75), Emerald (/50), Onyx (/35), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Ruby (1/1), Wood (1/1)

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2019 Topps Update Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #US1

Although Guerrero does have a card in 2019 Topps Series 2, it’s a variation short print, which puts it in insert territory and not a traditional Rookie Card. It’s a situation that’s similar to Ronald Acuna Jr. and Gleyber Torres in 2018. The RC came a few months later in 2019 Topps Update Baseball. Being Guerrero’s flagship RC, there are a couple of things in play. First, it’s not rare. However, as more collectors look to specific historical sets in a large landscape of products, it gives a boost to key cards from any of Topps’ flagship baseball sets.

Parallels: 150th Anniversary, Meijer Purple, Rainbow Foil, Walgreens Yellow, Gold (/2019), Vintage Stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Black (/67), Father’s Day Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Pink (/50), 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 Update Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card

2019 Topps Walmart Holiday Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card #HW167

Exclusive to special blasters sold only at Walmart, Guerrero’s Series 2 variation gets a festive makeover. Besides a couple of glittery parallels, this card has a couple of variations that bring the Christmas yuletide even more.

Parallels: Metallic, Metallic Gold (1/1)

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Early Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Card Highlights

The following is not an exhaustive list of Vladimir Guerrero cards. Rather, it highlights many of his top early issues and key cards that don’t have the traditional RC tag. Here’s a full Vladimir Guerrero Jr. card checklist.

2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospect Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #169

Vladimir Guerrero has a base card in 2015 Elite Extra Edition, but it’s the autograph that gets the attention.

Not serial-numbered, collectors should be aware that the base cards are popular with in-person and through-the-mail autograph collectors. Certified autographs are done using stickers. So if the signature is on-card, it’s not from a pack. On the back of certified versions, the bottom of the card also mentions Panini’s autograph guarantee.

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 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Autograph

2015 Elite Extra Edition Passing the Torch Signatures Vladimir Guerrero Jr./Vladimir Guerrero #7 /10

2015 Elite Extra Edition has another early Vladimir Guerrero Jr. autograph. But this one is a little more sentimental as it also features his father. Including parallels, there are only 16 total copies of the card so it’s scarcity is a consideration.

Parallels: Gold (/5), Black (1/1)

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2015 Panini Contenders International Ticket Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #12

Releasing before Elite Extra Edition, 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball has the distinction of being the first set with a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. autograph. The card is a short print confirmed by Panini. That means the base version has 200 total copies or less.

Parallels: Blue Foil, Red Foil, Cracked Ice (/23), Playoff Ticket (/15), Championship Ticket (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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2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #CPA-VG

The 2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero autograph is his benchmark card against which all others are measured. Some might carry more value, but as far as relatively readily available cards go, this is the most important. It’s the outfielder’s first autograph in a MLB uniform. More importantly, it’s Bowman Chrome, the most popular brand in the hobby when it comes to prospecting.

By traditional definitions, this is an insert, not a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card. However, lots of collectors treat it like one.

The card started out strong and soared in price in 2017.

The 2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. autograph is found in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball packs.

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 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Autograph

2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP55

Let’s be frank. The 2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero Jr. autograph is expensive. Probably too expensive for a lot of collectors. The unsigned version of the card is, understandably, much more affordable. It carries much of the same significance, though as being among Guerrero’s first cards as a member of the Blue Jays.

Like the signed version, there are lots of different Refractors to add a chase element.

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 Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

2016 Bowman Family Tree Vladimir Guerrero Jr./Vladimir Guerrero #FT-GU

2015 Elite Extra Edition may have been the first set to include the father-son combo, but the Passing the Torch dual autograph is tough. The 2016 Bowman Family Tree insert is a lot easier to find. And for some collectors, the pairing of both Canadian MLB teams is a nice nod as well. The card comes in 2016 Bowman Baseball.

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

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2016 Bowman Family Tree Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

2016 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #TPA-VGJ

After taking a break in 2015, Bowman Platinum returned the following year, this time as a Walmart exclusive. Like all Bowman brands, signatures from prospects were a major selling point. Guerrero’s Tops Prospects Autograph isn’t on-card like Bowman Chrome. It also doesn’t have the brand recognition so it’s more affordable.

It is worth noting that Guerrero may not have a base version of his autograph, just parallels starting with Purple, which is numbered to 150.

Parallels: Purple (/150), Green (/75), Orange (/25), Black (1/1)

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2016 Bowman’s Best Best of 2016 Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #B16-VG

If the 2016 Bowman Chrome Vladimir Guerrero autograph is too much, you might want to look to Bowman’s Best. It’s around half the price (sometimes even lower) and still comes hard-signed and with full MLB marks. The design also has a bit more pizzazz, which may appeal to some. While it might not seem logical to some that it’s so much cheaper, it’s an example of how a brand can influence a card’s popularity.

Parallels: Refractors, Green Refractors (/99), Orange Refractors (/50), Atomic 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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2016 Bowman's Best Best of 2016 Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

2019 Bowman Platinum Variations Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27

Guerrero is one of four rookies with variations in 2019 Bowman Platinum Baseball. Unlike the set’s other variations, these don’t appear to be short prints. And if they are, their numbers don’t appear to be much tougher than regular base cards.

Parallels: Ice, Purple (/250), Blue (/150), Green (/99), Gold (/50), Orange (/25), Red (/10), Foilfractor (1/1)

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2019 Finest Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #FA-VGJ

Although included in packs as a redemption, final copies of this card were quick to arrive. They offer an on-card autograph and a colorful design — even before the many Refractor parallels are taken into account. It likely won’t be Guerrero’s most valuable rookie autograph, so it could prove to be a relatively affordable option, especially once more and more signatures from various sets come out.

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

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2019 Topps Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

The Vladimir Guerrero Jr. card in 2019 Topps Series 2 isn’t a standard variation. The one found in packs doesn’t have a number on the back. It is a short print compared to other base cards in the set, but it’s not extremely scarce like other flagship SP rookies in recent years like Bryce Harper and, more recently, Ronald Acuna Jr.

All 2019 Topps Baseball factory sets have a variation version of the card where he’s pictured in a white jersey and #700 on the back. Retail factory sets also have a second variation of the infielder fielding.

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2019 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variations Vladimir Guerrero Jr

2019 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #RA-VGJ

Typically, rookies get a lot of autographs in today’s hobby. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is no exception. But even with the many choices that are out there, some inserts stand out. Topps Chrome and its Rookie Autographs are one of them. Widely available at both the hobby and retail levels, they’re cards that are attainable and visible. Also, shiny. Like Guerrero’s Rookie Card in the set, the Refractors offer up lots of additional colors to chase.

Parallels: Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Blue Wave Refractors (/150), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Wave Refractors (/50), Green Refractors (/99), 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 Chrome Rookie Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr

2019 Topps Now Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #137

With every milestone and moment, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. spots on the 2019 Topps Now Baseball checklist continue to grow. However, this card honors his first MLB game (and hit). It set a Topps Now record, selling 19,396 copies in a 24-hour window. So finding a copy shouldn’t be too hard, even as the years go by. More important than value to most is the fact that this card is specific in its moment. The card also has a handful of autograph versions, all numbered to 99 and under.

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Topps Living Set Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #179

Available on the Topps website for one week starting May, the Topps Living Set Vladimir Guerrero Jr. card sold 27,749 copies. It isn’t a record for the release like his Topps Now card, but it’s still a big number. And as long as Guerrero is a member of the Blue Jays, it’s the only card he gets for the ever-expanding release that plans to carry on for years.

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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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8 comments

  1. Randy J. 26 March, 2018 at 17:05

    I pulled a bunch of Vlad Guerrero Jr. rookie cards, right out of the pack, last year!

    • Ryan Cracknell 2 October, 2019 at 14:39

      @Scott – He has many. The ones listed under the Rookie Card heading have the RC tag in the Beckett database.

  2. Rob 27 November, 2020 at 03:03

    I have a Topps 2020 Vlad Jr Prominent Players and on the back it is stamped 01/10. Baseball Collecting has changed since I was young and I just found out they don’t make Becketts anymore. Is it worth anything? and if it is, how can I find out? The pack was for my son.

  3. Tim R 28 December, 2020 at 11:18

    2019 topps gallery vladimir guerrero jr red ono of one . probably a psa 9 . whats the value ? thanks

  4. Todd Warren 31 May, 2021 at 12:00

    Were there 35 white Jersey and 35 blue jersey real one red autos in 2019 heritage of Vladimir or was it 70 white and 70 blue jerseys. Thank you.

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