Another trendy prospect for collectors, Carlos Correa largely delivered in his rookie year as the Houston Astros reached the playoffs and Correa was named the AL Rookie of the Year. While his hobby interest was already strong, this early MLB success has taken Carlos Correa cards to another level.
Although it came later in the year than some would have liked, Carlos Correa finally made his big league debut in June of 2015. Although this greatly limited his rookie card options, collectors still have several choices. As one of the most popular rookies of 2015, demand continues to build for the young shortstop and that extends to both his rookies and prospect cards.
The number one pick in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, Carlos Correa came into the league with plenty of hype and that only grew as he worked his way through the minors. Correa got off to a fast start in the MLB, putting his name in the mix as one of the top shortstops in the American League. He earned the Rookie of the Month Award in his debut month (June) and locked down the AL Rookie of the Year Award at the end of the season.
See also: Carlos Correa Prospect Card Guide
While Carlos Correa quickly acclimated to the majors, his official rookie cards moved a little slower. The earliest option was a late inclusion in 2015 Topps Chrome and more rookie cards have been released since then. Also taking place since his professional debut, Topps announced an exclusive agreement with Correa. This means that Topps is the only place to find signed Carlos Correa memorabilia. Check out the many signed choices, including photos, jerseys, baseballs, bats and jumbo cards at the Topps Online Store.
The following guide features all the official rookie cards for Carlos Correa. Track values or availability by following the links below.
Carlos Correa Rookie Card Guide
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It will never match his earlier Bowman Chrome prospect cards, but the 2015 Bowman Chrome rookie card for Carlos Correa will maintain consistent interest and budget pricing. Because he has fewer base rookies than other big names, the chromium card will command more attention in the short run. Of course, there are also the many Refractor parallels that tend to be quite popular as well.
A blast from the past, Bowman's Best has not been seen for many years and the product makes its return in 2015 with a strong rookie class. Correa is one of the top options and can also be found in a variety of parallels.
While the lack of logos and sticker autographs do hurt the overall value and appeal, the Immaculate Collection cards for Carlos Correa are still the first official rookies to bare his signature. Both limited to 99, the patch version is the more popular of the two. Because of his exclusive agreement with Topps, this may end up being the one of the last non-Topps autographs for Correa for many years.
Due to the previously mentioned exclusive, the lack of autograph does hurt this Carlos Correa rookie card but the National Treasures name and low print still make this an interesting option despite the airbrushed logos. Plus, no autograph helps keep the price in check for those still looking to add it.
No matter what happens, 2015 Topps Chrome will always be the site of the first rookie card for Carlos Correa. This alone makes it notable for many collectors. However, when you add in the fact that it is a short print in a popular product, it is easy to see why his 2015 Topps Chrome rookie card continues to see strong interest and value. Although prices have cooled since release, it will likely remain the clear favorite among Correa's base rookie cards. In addition to the base short print, limited Refractor parallels are also available.
Found in a small factory set, the Heritage '51 Collection rookie card for Carlos Correa sports the 1951 Topps Red Backs design. In addition to several different parallels that change the color of the card backs, there are also signed versions with Correa among the most limited at just 50 copies for his base autograph.
Updating the main Heritage product in 2015, Topps Heritage High Number abandoned the factory-set format for a traditional pack out. Collectors can track down base rookies for Carlos Correa along with signed versions and two variations. The Action Image option is shown below on the right and there is also a Color Swap that switches the banner and text colors so that black is the background color of the text portion.
An acetate stock and a variety of background designs gives collectors plenty of choices among the High Tek Carlos Correa rookie cards. In addition to his base Wave version, there are also Pipes, Chain Link, Diamonds and Grid options for Correa. Adding even more, an Asian-exclusive Sky Rainbow parallel is limited to 79 copies and there are also non-exclusive base parallels as well.
Perhaps debatable as an official rookie, 2015 Strata only has hits and this is the Carlos Correa card from the primary set option. While most players have a base autograph version and several parallels, Correa has only appeared with a Green parallel (#/75) and the more limited options.
Curiously missing the RC logo, the Carlos Correa rookie card in 2015 Topps Triple Threads will likely go down as one of the most ornate base rookies for the young star. While Correa does have some signed cards in the release, they were originally issued as redemptions. Despite the quality look, the logo omission will be a source of frustration for many collectors.
Featuring a very similar image to his Triple Threads rookie, collectors had to wait until Topps Update Series to snag their first flagship rookie card for Correa. There is a limited variation, shown on the right, in addition to the base version. He also has a special Chrome version of this card found exclusively in the Chrome Update Series boxes.