Manny Machado Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide
Manny Machado is considered one of the top young players in baseball. Although he made is debut in 2012, it was too late in the season for Topps to include Manny Machado rookie cards in their final sets of the season. But with an already loaded crop, it was probably a good thing collectors had to wait a few extra months. As a result, Manny Machado rookie cards are found in 2013 baseball card sets.
Drafted third overall in 2010, the infielder's journey to the majors came quickly. He made his debut with the Orioles in early-August, 2012, about a month after Machado celebrated his 20th birthday. In 51 games with Baltimore, the emerging star showed some solid pop knocking seven home runs to go with 26 runs batted in.
Manning third base for Baltimore, Machado joins some strong Orioles heritage at the corner. While Brooks Robinson is the team's most well-known player at the position, Cal Ripken also spent some time there in the twilight of his career.
As one of the key players in 2013 sets, there will be no shortage of Manny Machado rookie cards by the time the season ends. And while these cards will see lots of demand, Machado also has several prospect cards that are also extremely popular. While these cards are not official rookie cards, some are treated similarly, particularly the 2010 Bowman Chrome Manny Machado autograph. These early cards are either from USA Baseball releases, other prospect-only sets or are inserts. As a result, they're not rookies in the traditional sense.
Manny Machado Rookie Card Guide
Most collectors chase Bowman for the prospects now. Ironically, that often means the rookie cards are a bit of an afterthought. A very basic card, the 2013 Bowman Manny Machado has a clean design and comes with a cheap price tag. Machado also has an autograph in the set, which carries more clout.
Take the basic Bowman card, give it a slick chromium finish and you've got this card. It's still very affordable and has a little added prestige. Many collectors like to chase the colorful and abundant Refractor parallels.
The 2013 Bowman Platinum Manny Machado rookie has a more upscale look that other similarly priced cards. It comes from a set that's driven largely by prospects and autographs. As a result, the base cards can be overlooked. Besides the regular version, there are Gold, Blue Sapphire and Ruby parallels, not to mention one-of-one printing plates.
Don't let the lack of serial number and signature fool you -- this is one of the top Manny Machado rookie cards, at least as far as rarity goes. 2013 Bowman Sterling is loaded with autographs. Base cards are sparse and largely overlooked. These don't pop up often and command a significant premium over most other basic rookie cards.
The 2013 Panini America's Pastime Machado is unique in that it's his only rookie book card. It comes with three large memorabilia swatches and a cut-style autograph. Numbered to 99, there aren't a lot of copies to go around.
There's a definite retro vibe with hometown heroes. From the bold design to the old-school card stock, it looks as though it could have come out some time during the 1960s. And it was that nostalgia that drove the product. This is one of Machado's more overlooked rookie cards.
This card is all about the metallic design. The base version isn't tough to find and it's not expensive. The chase comes from the parallels, many of which are exclusives to specific pack types and stores.
Panini brought the trademark black borders back when it resurrected the Pinnacle brand for baseball. This card lacks MLB logos, if that's an issue. However, it should remain very affordable. Parallels include Museum Collection and Artist's Proof.
If you want an affordable autographed Manny Machado rookie card, Select has you covered. Numbered to 500, it isn't considered rare. That said, not many have made their way to the secondary market, likely because Select wasn't very popular when it was released.
The first official Manny Machado rookie card to hit the market, 2013 Topps will never be his most valuable. That said, it has the distinction of coming from the flagship set. The card comes with several color parallels. Like the base version, most won't carry huge values. However, some of the rarer versions like the wrapper redemption-exclusive Silver Slate card could hold up well over the long-term.
Every year Allen & Ginter is one of the most popular sets in the hobby. But that doesn't mean the base cards are worth a ton. Manny Machado isn't a short print either so he's very cheap. For those looking to add something a little different to their collection, the card has several different mini versions as well.
Inspired by the psychedelic 1972 Topps Baseball design, the 2013 Topps Archives Manny Machado stresses throwback fun over value. A Gold parallel is numbered to 199.
2013 Topps Chrome takes the Manny Machado rookie from the flagship set and gives it a chromium spin. The base version is affordable. So are several of the Refractor parallels. An autograph insert has a similar design but a different photo.
In Finest fashion, this rookie comes with a chromium design. It's somewhat polarizing as far as the look goes. The base version is cheap but there's a Refractor rainbow. Machado is also part of the Rookie Autographs insert set.
When it comes to Five Star, most collectors are looking for big autographs and rare relics, not base cards. That said, this is Manny Machado's rarest rookie card. It isn't signed, it doesn't have much flash but it's numbered to just 75. As time goes buy, supply will dry up and these won't show up very often.
2013 Topps Gypsy Queen is one of those in-between sets that isn't cheap to buy but the base cards don't carry a ton of value. Featuring an old-fashioned look and a detailed photo, the card is relatively inexpensive. Lots of collectors prefer the mini card parallels, which also has a variation version.
The future is bright for the Orioles. Two of their top prospects share a rookie card in 2013 Topps Heritage. Very few multi-player rookie cards have had all players pan out. It's still early, but this could be an exception. And if Machado and Bundy both become stars, this card will be notable for being the exception.
Like a shrunken down version of his regular card, 2013 Topps Mini was an online exclusive set. As a result, it's somewhat tougher to find than many other Manny Machado rookie cards. Numbered parallels include Gold (#/62), Pink (#/25), Black (#/5) and Platinum (1/1).
A lot of collectors don't think of stickers when chasing rookies. And while some might not consider the 2013 Topps MLB Sticker Collection Manny Machado to be an official rookie card, it is an inexpensive option that isn't as widely available as a single as many of his other cards.
Hailing from a high-end product but without any other major selling points, 2013 Topps Museum Collection is one of the sleeper Manny Machado rookie cards. It has a simple but impacting design. Over time, the massive amounts available at the time of the set's release will dry up and it should become a little more difficult to find.
Nearly identical as the base Topps Manny Machado rookie card, the most noticeable differences are the Opening Day logo on the front and the card number. This is one of Machado's cheapest rookies.
The 2013 Topps Tribute Manny Machado is his first high-end rookie card. The design is highlighted by a sharp foil card stock. That said, most collectors are busting the product for the autographs and other hits. As a result, his Machado's rookie card runs only a few dollars. The third baseman does have signatures in the product, which are much more valuable.
If you're looking for a high-end rookie card with all the bells and whistles, this is it. It's got an on-card autograph, plenty of relic material and it's numbered to 99. Given all those things, Triple Threads rookie cards remain relatively inexpensive, likely because the brand is more focused on big hits than rookie cards.
Sold through Topps' online store, 2013 Topps Turkey Red Baseball quickly sold out. While many search for autographs, this is a set where you won't want to overlook the base set. It's in short supply and could make for a somewhat tricky find further down the line.
Is it Manny Machado or Dobby the house-elf from the Harry Potter series? The entry-level 2013 Triple Play is notable for its player caricatures. As a result, some things are accentuated. Some collectors may want to avoid, others may appreciate it for being something different. Either way, it's another cheap option that shouldn't cost more than a dollar or two.
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