Known as "The Punisher," Aristides Aquino has piled on the home runs in his early MLB career. Although Aristides Aquino rookie cards won't arrive until 2020, he has several top prospect cards to collect.
All things considered, there are not that many Aristides Aquino cards out there to document his minor league career. He signed with the Cincinnati Reds as an international free agent in 2011, but his first prospects cards did not show up for a few years.
Starting with 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball, collectors have a handful of choices from prospect-heavy brands.
After getting his initial MLB call in August 2018, Aquino followed that up with another August call-up in 2019. His record-setting home run barrage came soon after, earning him both the NL Player of the Month and NL Rookie of the Month awards in August.
Aristides Aquino Rookie Cards
2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball
It is expected that the first official Aristides Aquino rookie cards will be issued in 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball. The February 2020 set could be a long wait for some but there are a few key options already available.
Top Aristides Aquino Prospect Cards
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2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Aristides Aquino #BCAP-AA
If you are talking about value and popularity, 2014 Bowman Chrome Baseball has the best Aristides Aquino card. The coveted "1st Bowman" card is hard-signed and likely to remain a hobby favorite.
The highest prices are saved for the Refractor parallel rainbow that starts at 500 copies and goes all the way down to the one-of-one Superfractor.
In fact, the SuperFractor has surfaced on eBay with a BGS 8.5 grade and $29,999.99 asking price.
In case you are wondering, there is no base Bowman Chrome 1st Bowman card for Aquino.
2015 Panini Contenders Ticket Aristides Aquino Autograph (2 versions)
While not on the same level as Bowman, the Aristides Aquino autographs in 2015 Contenders Baseball present collectors with another choice that is more affordable in comparison. Aquino has sticker autographs in both the International Ticket and Prospect Ticket sets.
The main design is similar but the International Ticket highlights Aquino's Dominican background while the Prospect Ticket focuses on his professional career with the Reds.
For something inexpensive, the Passports insert is a solid option.
2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition Prospects Aristides Aquino #143
Without any "1st Bowman" base card for Aquino, 2015 Elite Extra Edition is likely the best substitute. Although not found in huge supply, prices are reasonable for the base Prospects card. Rarity and value increase with the Aspirations and Status die-cut parallels.
Naturally, the signed version is the most popular, also including several die-cut Aspirations and Status editions.
2019 Topps Now Aristides Aquino #665 CALL-UP (PR=1,569)
Other the main prospect cards in 2014 and 2015, the overall Aristides Aquino card lineup is pretty sparse except for a few minor league releases. 2019 Topps Now Baseball is the only place to find MLB cards from his record-breaking rookie season. Showing how low he was on the radar, it took Topps 10 games and seven home runs before his first CALL-UP card.
Most popular of the Now group, however, is the hard-signed Aristides Aquino autograph card, numbered to 99 (and less), issued in honor of the historic pace for his first 15 home runs.