What's in the Cards for the 2012 MLB First Round Draft Picks?

What’s in the Cards for the 2012 MLB First Round Draft Picks?

With the first pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros selected shortstop Carlos Correa from Puerto Rico. For the next several hours, 30 more names were called and the futures of dozens of young men were changed forever. Despite most of these players facing a long road to the majors that will take several years, many of the 2012 first round picks already have baseball cards produced by major manufacturers. In fact, collectors can chase cards from 20 of the 31 first picks.

Correa's lone cardboard appearance thus far is in the 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic. The card was made for the participants and haven't been inserted in packs yet. It's likely Topps did hold back autographed versions for inclusion in a future set, much like they have done with similar AFLAC sets. Right now, the 2011 Bowman Perfect Game cards of Correa and others currently being sold on the secondary would have likely been acquired from the players themselves.

The other main source of baseball cards from the 2012 MLB Draft first round picks comes from the many USA Baseball-themed sets and inserts that have been produced over the last handful of years. Most notable of these are the autographs made by Topps in 2010 and 2011 for Bowman Chrome, Topps Chrome and their autograph-heavy USA Baseball box sets. Most recently, USA Baseball cards limited to 199 numbered copies were included in 2011 Panini Limited Baseball.

Below is a list of the 31 first round picks from the 2012 MLB Draft. The list does not include any supplemental picks. For each player, we've also included, where applicable, baseball card highlights available at the time of the draft. This is not a definitive list of all their cards as several have extremely rare parallels that have only a handful of copies. Rather, this list includes the players' best cards that are abundant enough that they are somewhat readily available. You can click on their names to shop for deals on eBay.

01 Carlos Correa 2011 Bowman Perfect Game 212x300 Image1. Carlos Correa, Houston Astros

  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic

2. Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins

  • none

3. Mike Zunino, Seattle Mariners

  • 2008 Bowman AFLAC

4. Kevin Gausman, Baltimore Orioles

  • 2009 Bowman AFLAC
  • 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autograph #/502
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball
  • 2011 Bowman Platinum Team USA Autograph
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling USA Baseball Relics
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autograph

5. Kyle Zimmer, Kansas City Royals

  • none

2010 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor Autographs Albert Almora 213x300 Image6. Albert Almora, Chicago Cubs

  • 2009 Upper Deck USA Autographed Jersey #/149
  • 2011 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Refractor Autographs #/417
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2010 Bowman Sterling USA Baseball Relics
  • 2010 Topps USA Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autograph with Mikey White
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps USA Autographs

7. Max Fried, San Diego Padres

  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic

8. Mark Appel, Pittsburgh Pirates

  • 2011 Bowman Platinum Team USA Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling USA Baseball Relics
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Autographs

9. Andrew Heaney, Miami Marlins

  • none

2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs David Dahl 216x300 Image10. David Dahl, Colorado Rockies

  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Jesse Winker #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

11. Addison Russell, Oakland Athletics

  • 2011 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Refractor Autographs #/417
  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

12. Gavin Cecchini, New York Mets

  • 2011 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Refractor Autographs #/417
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Alex Bregman #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

13. Courtney Hawkins, Chicago White Sox

  • 2009 Upper Deck USA Autographed Jersey #/149
  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic

14. Nick Travieso, Cincinnati Reds

  • 2010 Bowman Draft
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft
  • 2010 Topps USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199

2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Gold Refractor Autographs Tyler Naquin 210x300 Image15. Tyler Naquin, Cleveland Indians

  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Josh Elander #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

16. Lucas Giolito, Washington Nationals

  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic

17. D.J. Davis, Toronto Blue Jays

  • none

18. Corey Seager, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Baseball USA Autographs
  • 2010 Bowman Draft
  • 2010 Topps USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic

19. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Brady Rogers #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

20. Chris Stratton, San Francisco Giants

  • none

21. Lucas Sims, Atlanta Braves

  • 2010 Bowman Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2010 Bowman Draft
  • 2010 Topps USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Perfect Game All-American Classic

2011 Topps Chrome Refractor Marcus Strohman 213x300 Image22. Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays

  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autograph with Erich Weiss #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

23. James Ramsey, St. Louis Cardinals

  • none

24. Deven Marrero, Boston Red Sox

  • 2011 Bowman Platinum National Team Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Matt Reynolds #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs

25. Richie Shaffer, Tampa Bay Rays

  • 2008 Bowman AFLAC
  • 2008 Upper Deck USA Baseball Autographed Jersey #/295

26. Stryker Trahan, Arizona Diamondbacks

  • none

27. Clint Coulter, Milwaukee Brewers

  • none

28. Victor Roache, Milwaukee Brewers

  • none

29. Lewis Brinson, Texas Rangers

  • none

30. Ty Hensley, New York Yankees

  • none

31. Brian Johnson, Boston Red Sox

  • 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Autographs #/99
  • 2010 Bowman Platinum Relic Autograph Refractors #/740
  • 2010 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Mikie Mahtook
  • 2010 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2010 Topps USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Bowman Sterling Dual Autographs with Kevin Gausman #/299
  • 2011 Panini Limited National Team #/199
  • 2011 Topps Chrome USA Baseball Autographs
  • 2011 Topps USA Baseball Autographs
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