First-round picks rarely fly under-the-radar in the hobby, but a slow start meant that Christian Yelich rookie cards took a few years to show up, and when they did, the demand was not especially strong. This is no longer the case after an exceptional 2018 season with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2010 straight out of high school (23rd overall), the first Christian Yelich cards came that same year, including his initial Bowman Chrome autograph.
The Christian Yelich rookie cards released following his MLB debut with the Marlins in 2013. Because he got the call near the end of summer, Yelich's RC cards only arrived in the late-season 2013 baseball sets. All of these choices are documented below.
Although he enjoyed some success with the Marlins, his breakout came following a trade to the Brewers in 2018. Named the 2018 NL MVP after nearly taking the Triple Crown, Yelich helped lead the Brewers to the NL Central Division title and to within one game of the 2018 World Series.
Christian Yelich Rookie Cards Checklist and Gallery
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2013 Bowman Draft / 2013 Bowman Draft Chrome Christian Yelich RC #40
Part of the late-season 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects, this product offers a popular and affordable pair of Christian Yelich rookie cards. He is in the base set with paper parallels as well as the Chrome set. Although it is a very simple card, the massive Chrome Refractor rainbow packs a punch for adventurous collectors.
2013 Bowman Chrome Mini Christian Yelich RC #318
Just like it sounds, the 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini card for Yelich is a smaller version of his main BC card. Issued in a factory set, there are also multiple Refractor parallels randomly issued in sets at 30 per box.
2013 Bowman Sterling Christian Yelich RC #38
Showcasing a deer-in-headlights expression that is hard to ignore, the Yelich rookie in 2013 Bowman Sterling is tougher to pull than you might think. This is because boxes only have 24 cards and 18 of them are autographs. Therefore, base cards can be overlooked in a set like this. The image, however, is not unique, as it appears multiple times in the Christian Yelich RC checklist.
2013 Panini America’s Pastime Christian Yelich RC #283 Auto Relic #/99
The brand was short-lived but 2013 Panini America’s Pastime did provide a few key Christian Yelich rookie cards. Limited to just 99 copies, his booklet autograph features multiple swatches and a trapped signature.
2013 National Treasures Christian Yelich RC #318 Auto Relic #/99
Much more impressive is the National Treasures card with an on-card autograph and print run of 99 copies. Both the booklet and NT rookie are numbered into the base checklist for Panini America’s Pastime.
2013 Panini Select Christian Yelich RC #190 Autograph #/500
Another Panini option is found in 2013 Select. Despite the generic look, the moderate print run keeps the autographed rookie card for Yelich in a more affordable price range. Prizm parallels apply rarity of 99 copies or less.
2013 Topps Update Christian Yelich RC #US290
The aliens have returned! Nope, that's just the flagship rookie for Yelich in 2013 Topps Update Series Baseball. Values are still pretty cheap given the larger print run.
2013 Topps Chrome Update Christian Yelich RC #MB-47
If you want that same basic card in chromium, check out the retail-exclusive Mega Box format that contains 2013 Topps Chrome Update Series cards.
2013 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph Christian Yelich #CY
Although left out of the base set, the Christian Yelich rookie card autograph in 2013 Topps Chrome is quite popular. The hard-signed card comes in multiple Refractor parallels numbered to 499 and less.
2013 Topps Finest Rookie Jumbo Relic Autograph Christian Yelich #CY
Similarly, the Christian Yelich rookie autograph in 2013 Topps Finest is not joined by a base rookie card. It does have multiple Refractor editions that are capped at 149.
2013 Topps Heritage High Number Christian Yelich RC #H536
Back when High Number was a factory set, the online-exclusive release provides another base rookie for Yelich. Because it came in a full set instead of regular packs, this 2013 Topps Heritage High Number card carries solid value.
2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autograph Christian Yelich #BDPP78
One of the key Christian Yelich cards out there, his first Bowman Chrome autograph in (2010 Bowman Draft) is a hobby favorite. Values have not exactly exploded, but these were still selling for under $20 halfway through 2018. This is the card most likely to surge if he can string together a few more MVP-level seasons.