Jose Abreu Rookie Card and Prospect Card Guide

Jose Abreu Rookie Card and Prospect Card Guide

Rookie Cards

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.

The first Jose Abreu rookie card with the Cuban slugger in his White Sox uniform was included in 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen. Panini quickly followed suit with a wrapper redemption card from 2014 Donruss.

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

Please note that this list is a work in progress. We'll update it as new Jose Abreu rookie cards are released. Click on the card names to shop for singles on eBay.

2014 Donruss Jose Abreu #202

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.

2014 Donruss Jose Abreu 202 212x300 Image

2014 Panini Prizm Jose Abreu RC #199

While the base version of this card is inexpensive, there are ten parallels to keep dedicated collectors busy. On top of that, Abreu appears in many of Prizm's insert sets (and their plentiful parallels) and has autographs.

2014 Panini Prizm Jose Abreu RC 212x300 Image

2014 Topps Jose Abreu RC #496

Neither high-end or a short print, this is bound to be one of Abreu's most affordable rookies. That said, given Topps' habits of revisiting rookies, thisĀ  will likely be one that's seen more often than a lot of others.

2014 Topps Series 2 Jose Abreu RC 212x300 Image

2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Jose Abreu RC #269

If you're looking for a beautiful Jose Abreu rookie card that doesn't have any frills, it doesn't get much better than 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter. Part of the base set, it's not a short print so prices should stay relatively low.

2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Jose Abreu RC Image

2014 Topps Archives Jose Abreu RC #217 SP

A lot of this card's modest value comes from the fact that it's a short print. Although not terribly tough to track down, single-card buyers have competition from set builders. The design is inspired by 1986 Topps Baseball. Abreu is also included on the set's Fan Favorites Autographs checklist.

2014 Topps Archives Jose Abreu RC 214x300 Image

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Jose Abreu RC #320 SP

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.

2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Jose Abreu RC 214x300 Image

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2014 Donruss #202 Jose Abreu RC - NM-MT
$15.80
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2014 JOSE ABREU TOPPS TIER ONE SILVER AUTO - SP - #06 10 - L@@K - Priced to sell
$550.00
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LOT OF (208) DIFFERENT 2014 TOPPS ALLEN & GINTER "MINI" CARDS JOSE ABREU, TANAKA
$58.93
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LOT OF (143) DIFFERENT 2014 "ALLEN & GINTER BACK" MINI CARDS JOSE ABREU ROOKIE
$31.00
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2014 Bowman JOSE ABREU RC Chrome Prospect #BCP17 White Sox Cuba
$6.99
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2014 Allen and Ginter Jose Abreu Mini A&G Back #269 White Sox SP
$9.99
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JOSE ABREU 2014 BOWMAN CHROME 8 CARD LOT 5 CHROME 2 PAPER 1 MINI SUPER HOT ROY?
$25.00
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2014 BOWMAN CHROME JOSE ABREU RC LOT OF 5 ALL CHROME VERY HOT!!
$14.50
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jose abreu prizm rc Camo
$35.00
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JOSE ABREU 2014 BOWMAN BLUE 500
$9.99
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JOSE ABREU 2014 PANINI PRIZM REFRACTOR ROOKIE SP
$8.99
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2014 Topps Is My Hero 5x7 07 99 Jose Abreu RC Chicago White Sox 1 Card Team Set
$119.05
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JOSE ABREU - 2014 BOWMAN CHROME - MINI GOLD REFRACTOR - 13 25 - WHITE SOX
$75.00
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2014 Bowman Chrome JOSE ABREU Refractor Auto 500 RC Rookie Ref Autograph HOT
$249.99
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Jose Abreu RC Lot of (13)Topps, Bowman, Chrome, Mini
$27.00
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2014 Bowman Inception JOSE ABREU Rookie Auto White Sox Autograph PERFECT!
$81.00
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Key Prospect Cards

Key Jose Abreu Prospect Cards

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2013 Leaf Memories 1960 Autographs Jose Abreu #JA2

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 Memories Autograph Jose Abreu 214x300 Image

2013 Leaf Metal Draft National Pride Autographs Jose Abreu #JA2

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.

2013 Leaf Metal Draft Jose Abreu National Pride Redemption 214x300 Image 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Jose Abreu National Pride Autograph Image

2013 Leaf Trinity Baseball Inscription Autographs Jose Abreu #DTI-JA2 #/30

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.

2013 Leaf Trinity Inscription Autographs Jose Abreu 216x300 Image

2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Jose Abreu #93

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.

2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Jose Abreu 213x300 Image

2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Franchise Futures Signatures Jose Abreu #93 #/799

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.

2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Franchise Future Signatures Jose Abreu 214x300 Image

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Jose Abreu #32

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.

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Jose Abreu 213x300 Image

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Signatures Jose Abreu #48

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.

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks Prospect Autographs Jose Abreu 214x300 Image

2013 Topps Tribute World Baseball Classic Edition Jose Abreu #98

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)

2013 Topps Tribute WBC Jose Abreu 215x300 Image

2014 Bowman Prospects Jose Abreu #BP17

Many collectors will treat this as a rookie. It did come out after his first rookies. Abreu is also in a White Sox jersey. However, it's numbered as part of the Prospects portion of the set so, technically, it's an insert. But that's just a label and it really doesn't take away from its popularity. As more cards hit the market, this will be one of the more affordable Abreu first-year cards.

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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospects Jose Abreu #BCP17

Like the basic Bowman card, this is technically an insert. It comes with a slightly more premium look and feel. Although it's a Bowman Chrome card, it's found in 2014 Bowman Baseball packs.

2014 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospect Jose Abreu 216x300 Image

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Jose Abreu #BCAP-JAB

Also found in 2014 Bowman Baseball, this will be one of the top Jose Abreu cards even if it's not an official rookie. It's an insert, but Bowman Chrome Autographs have, in many ways, become the modern equivalent of a baseball rookie card -- at least the way they're traded and coveted. Besides the basic version, it has lots of colorful parallels including a one-of-one Superfractor.

2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Jose Abreu 212x300 Image

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Jose Abreu White Sox Rookie Cards 2013 Elite #93 2014 Bowman bp14 Panini Next Er
$6.00
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2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE WBC GOLD CUBA #98 JOSE ABREU #13 25!!!
$159.00
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2013 Leaf Trinity JOSE ABREU Auto RC Inscriptions GOLD 1 5..BGS 9.5 eBay 1 1
$699.00
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6-Jose Abreu 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks #32 White Sox A.L. HR Champ
$19.99
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2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE WBC JOSE ABREU
$14.89
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2013 LEAF MEMORIES AUTO JOSE ABREU
$51.89
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($200) Jose Abreu Original RED ROOKIE 2013 Graded GEM MINT 10
$10.50
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2013 elite extra edition aspirations #93 JOSE ABREU rookie BGS 10 PRISTINE pop 1
$250.00
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JOSE ABREU 2013 TOPPS TRIBUTE WBC ROOKIE CARD #98 CUBA HOT WHITE SOX RC NO AUTO
$27.95
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2013 PANINI PRIZM DRAFT JOSE ABREU ROOKIE LOT x 4 CARDS WHITE SOX SP
$19.99
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Jose Abreu 2013 Prizm Draft Picks RC GMA 10 Gem Mint
$24.95
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RC JOSE ABREU 2013 Elite Extra Edition ROOKIE CARD '13 CHICAGO WHITE SOX Panini
$14.99
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LOT OF 5 JOSE ABREU 2013 DIAMOND PROSPECTS ROOKIE CARD RC WHITE SOX A
$5.99
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2013 Leaf Memories Rookie Prospect #JA2 Jose Abreu 1960 RC AUTO White Sox
$80.00
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JOSE ABREU CHICAGO WHITE SOX ROOKIE- BECKETT GEM MINT 9.5 - 2013 PANINI PRIZM
$79.99
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JOSE ABREU 2013 LEAF TRINITY ONCARD INSCRIPTION AUTO WHITE SOX RED FOIL SSP 1 3
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User Comments

  1. Jose just finished a signing a few weeks ago at Sidsgraphs in Chicago.

    http://www.upcomingautographsignings.com/2014/03/jose-abreu-autograph-signing-chicago.html

  2. Please update this!

  3. We will as new sets are released.

  4. This guy is either a strike out or a home run. More likely a K. There a reason he was signed by the Sox, the big spenders know something we don’t. Don’t over pay for this one.

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