Jose Abreu Rookie Card and Prospect Card Guide
Jose Abreu has arrived in the majors and, early on, he's fitting in nicely with the Chicago White Sox. By the end of his first season in the Windy City, collectors will have plenty of Jose Abreu rookie cards to choose from.
Even before signing with the Chicago White Sox, the Cuban slugger was lighting up the hobby with a handful of cards. He was included in 2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition, a highlight in a product that was largely overlooked. Leaf was the first company to have Jose Abreu autograph cards with redemptions in 2013 Leaf Metal Draft. Redeemed copies are now available. Leaf also has additional autographs in 2013 Leaf Memories and 2013 Leaf Trinity. Panini also got an early Jose Abreu autograph in 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks.
It is worth noting that while these cards were the first on the market, most don't consider them to be rookies as they're from prospect-only sets. In the case of Topps Tribute WBC, it's viewed as an international set. That said, don't discount their overall importance. We're in an era where the rookie card label doesn't always coincide with a player's best card.
Collectors will find Jose Abreu autographs in 2014 products as well. Topps has announced they've got a deal in place with the outfielder. This includes a mystery redemption in 2014 Topps Tribute and a Prospect Autograph in 2014 Bowman Baseball.
Jose Abreu Rookie Cards
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You won't find this card in packs. It is part of a wrapper redemption offered by Panini. With just 24 packs (one box) required to get the three-card Rated Rookies updates, it shouldn't be too tough to find over the long term.
This card carries carries the distinction of being the first Jose Abreu card to picture him in a White Sox uniform. It is a short print, but it shouldn't be considered rare. Jose Abreu also has a Reverse Image variation in the set. The mini parallels also have their own photo variation.
Key Jose Abreu Prospect Cards
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The 2013 Leaf Memories Jose Abreu autograph uses the 1960 Leaf design. The black-and-white photo is a major contrast from his other early cards. Besides the basic version, there are a handful of color-based parallels.
2013 Leaf Metal Draft released shortly before Abreu signed with the White Sox. Although the redemption is inserted in a chromium-style product, the final card isn't. It's a special edition National Pride autograph. Like most Leaf redemptions, it doesn't mention whether it's the base version or a parallel. That's revealed once it's redeemed.
All of the 2013 Leaf Trinity Jose Abreu autographs come with an inscription, which makes it a standout among the slugger's first cards. The base version is limited to 30 numbered copies, however there are a handful of rarer parallels.
Although Abreu isn't wearing a White Sox uniform, he is holding one here. If you're looking for a reasonably priced Jose Abreu card, this is it. Besides the basic version, there are a lot of parallels to chase.
Numbered to 799, this isn't a terribly rare card. There's a bit of a tradeoff. It should keep prices a lot more reasonable, which is a good thing for those on a tighter budget. It also keeps supply a little more plentiful. The signature is on a sticker, the only 2013 Jose Abreu to do so.
Like the Elite Extra Edition card, this one is very affordable. If you're looking for something more valuable, the Prizm parallels add some rainbow flair.
This card uses a much better photo than Abreu's base card. The on-card signature is the big star, though. Besides a basic version, there is a handful of colorful Prizm parallels.
Topps' high-end spin on the World Baseball Classic has struggled on the secondary market. However, it is notable for having the first major Jose Abreu card. Pictured as a member of the Cuban national team, it carries the familiar Topps Tribute foil look. Besides the base version, there are also three numbered parallels: Gold (#/25), Red (#/5) and Purple (1/1)
JOSE ABREU 2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Lot (4)
2013 Topps Tribute WBC #98 Jose Abreu BGS MINT 9 #0008021202
JOSE ABREU CUBA WHITE SOX 2013 PRIZM DRAFT PICKS ROOKIE RC # 32 GRADED 10
2013 Topps Tribute Jose Abreu Hot WBC
jose abreu Rookie 2013 topps Tribute #98
JOSE ABREU 2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE ROOKIE WHITE SOX RC #98
2013 Leaf 1960 Memories Rookie Prospect Jose Abreu White Sox BLUE Auto Graded
2013 PRIZM DRAFT PICKS JOSE ABREU RC. HOT MINT