A nice surprise on a team that is already loaded with young talent, Austin Riley rookie cards are heating up thanks to the historic home run rate he put forth to start his MLB career. It is unlikely he can continue this impressive HR pace for too long, but it is still nice to enjoy the ride.
Although drafted right out of high school in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves, his earliest cards came from Leaf in 2014. Issued the same year he was drafted, the top Austin Riley prospect cards arrived in 2015 Bowman Draft.
On May 15, 2019, Riley joined a strong MLB roster featuring young stars Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson and Mike Soroka. He popped a home run in his first game and locked down the Rookie of the Month Award for May despite only playing half the month.
The RC specifics are unknown but the Austin Riley rookie cards are expected at some point in the 2019 baseball card lineup.
The guide below highlights his key cards that are available now.
Austin Riley Rookie Card Checklist and Gallery
Click on the card listings below to shop for specific cards or track prices on eBay. Bolded sets go directly to detailed product profiles.
Pack-pulled Austin Riley rookie cards are still TBA, but Topps' online, print-to-order sets are already in motion if you can't wait.
2019 Topps Now Austin Riley RC #233 (PR=3,022)
2019 Topps Now Baseball is home to the first Austin Riley rookie card. It may not meet the traditional definition of a rookie, but this on-demand offering is his earliest option with the official RC logo. It celebrates his MLB debut where his first hit was a home run. The May 15 card sold just over three thousand copies.
He also has a signed version that is numbered to 99 with several low-numbered parallels.
Another Now MLB choice is his Card of the Month card via Topps' loyalty program.
Top Austin Riley Prospect Cards
2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Austin Riley #157
Riley has his "1st Bowman" cards in 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball. While the paper version is more plentiful and cheaper, the Chrome card and Refractor parallels are worth a long look if you want something with extra potential.
2015 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Autograph Austin Riley #BCA-ARI
However, the king of the Austin Riley prospect cards is easily his on-card Chrome Draft Pick Autograph, also in 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball. The BCA cards have already enjoyed a surge in value and this is the card most likely to jump even higher if he continues his stellar play.
Numbered to 225 copies, his Under Armour All-America Baseball autograph is another signed option from 2015 Bowman Draft.
2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospects Austin Riley #42 Autograph
If the Bowman Chrome autograph comes in a bit too high for your budget, Panini has a few 2015 prospect autographs of note for Riley. The hard-signed EEE Prospects card is also found in multiple Aspirations and Status parallels with many die-cuts. In addition, the unsigned base card in 2015 Elite Extra Edition Baseball is a cheap alternative, but the rare parallels can command solid prices.
2015 Panini Contenders Draft Ticket Autograph Austin Riley #19
Another affordable choice is the Austin Riley autograph in 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball. This card uses the well-known Rookie Ticket (Draft Ticket) design. The sticker signature is not a huge selling point but it does have the popular Cracked Ice parallel numbered to 23 copies as a rare chase.
2014 Leaf Perfect Game / 2015 Leaf Austin Riley Autographs
Not only was Leaf the first to feature hard-signed Austin Riley prospect autographs, but the company also managed to get him into multiple sets in 2014 and 2015. Options include PG autographs in 2014 Leaf Perfect Game Showcase Baseball, 2014 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball, 2014 Leaf Trinity Baseball and 2014 Leaf Valiant Baseball.