One of the brightest MLB stars, Cody Bellinger rookie cards are among the key options in the hobby with room to grow.
A fourth-round pick in 2013 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the initial Cody Bellinger cards came that same season but the flood of options that some star prospects receive did not occur. Instead, many of the Cody Bellinger prospect cards from the first few years are part of team-issued minor league sets. Things started to pick up with his Bowman arrival in 2015, and ratcheted up further in 2016 and 2017 products.
Because his call-up came near the end of April (2017), Cody Bellinger rookie cards did not make the first batch of 2017 baseball products. However, plenty of choices followed, including 2017 Topps Update Series. Update Series also contains Bellinger autographs in addition to a base rookie.
While he was overshadowed somewhat by Aaron Judge, Bellinger enjoyed an impressive rookie season, earning an All-Star nod and the NL Rookie of the Year Award in 2017. Bellinger was also twice named NL Rookie of the Month (May and June). After a 2018 season that was derailed by injuries, Bellinger returned in 2019 with MVP-level production. In fact, he locked down the NL MVP Award that year.
We have compiled a detailed look at the Cody Bellinger rookie cards and best prospects to help you kickstart your collection. You can also review some of our real-time hot list for Bellinger cards.
Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards Checklist
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2017 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger RC #27
A relatively simple base rookie for Bellinger, 2017 Bowman Chrome also has the benefit of multiple Refractor parallels. Although he is in the Chrome Rookie Autographs set, his card was issued as a redemption.
The miniature option (and parallels) can be found in 2017 Bowman Chrome Mini complete set.
2017 Bowman High Tek Cody Bellinger RC #BHT-CB
Utilizing a hybrid of variations and parallels for top prospects, the 2017 Bowman High Tek Cody Bellinger rookie card features one main image but multiple background patterns, each with a different rarity. The most common pattern is shown below but there are 11 in total. Bellinger is also in the Bashers insert, which is limited to 75 copies.
2017 Bowman Platinum Cody Bellinger RC #76
Collectors finally got their first pack-pulled Cody Bellinger rookie card in 2017 Bowman Platinum. Exclusive to Walmart, the foilboard base card is joined by signed Bellinger cards in the Platinum Cut Autographs and Tools of the Craft Autographs sets. It is important to note that the autographs were all issued as redemptions.
2017 Bowman's Best Cody Bellinger RC #65
Not shy about the infusion of effects or color, the 2017 Bowman's Best rookie for Bellinger falls on the wild side. Although he is included in the signed Best Cuts, Best of 2017, Monochrome, and Raking Rookies sets, all are issued as redemptions.
2017 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Cody Bellinger RC
Another early Cody Bellinger rookie card, 2017 Donruss Optic contains the Rated Rookie subset, but tacks on the chromium effect for some added spice. Although Bellinger is not in the signed Rated Rookie insert, he does have a live option in the Optic Autographs set.
2017 Immaculate Collection Cody Bellinger Autographs / Relics
Missing out on the main rookie group in yet another set, Bellinger has several sticker autograph cards and some premium patches in 2017 Immaculate. His autographed cards come in the Carbon Signatures insert, where the signing area resembles eye black, as well as the trapped Tweed Weave line, and in the Dual and Triple Materials Signatures sets.
2017 National Treasures Cody Bellinger RC #192 Autograph Jersey #/49 (Redemption)
2017 National Treasures offers the short print NT Cody Bellinger autograph rookie card as a redemption. Bellinger is found in many of the other signed sets, but most of these are redemptions, as well.
2017 Panini Chronicles Cody Bellinger RC #120 #/499
Although the 2017 Chronicles debut is mainly known for having several popular brands in one product, the base rookie subset, limited to 499, displays considerable text on the front of the card. Cody Bellinger rookie cards are also featured in insert sets from Absolute, Contenders, Donruss, Gold Standard, Prizm and Spectra, plus there are signed options for many of the brands.
2017 Panini Flawless Cody Bellinger RC #105 (Base), #106 (Milestones), #107 (All-Stars) Diamond #/20
Part of a bejeweled trio, 2017 Flawless contains three different rookie cards for Bellinger in the base lineup. The high-end product also includes several hard-signed rookie autographs.
2017 Topps Update Series Cody Bellinger RC #US50
If you want Cody Bellinger rookies in huge supply and variety, look no further than 2017 Topps Update Series. After missing out on Series 1 and Series 2, Bellinger has four cards in the base set alone. This includes his official rookie (US50), as well as subset cards for the All-Star Game (US38), his Rookie Debut (US214) and the Home Run Derby (US300). He also has SP variations for #38 and #50, plus a super short print for #50. His base rookie and SSP card are both below.
Worth noting, Bellinger is in the All-Star Stitches Dual Autograph set (with Judge or Corey Seager), along with signed options in Topps Salute Autographs and 1987 Topps Autographs. All were originally released as redemptions.
There is also a smaller option found in 2017 Topps Mini Baseball.
2017 Topps Chrome Update Series Cody Bellinger RC #HMT10
Bringing a chromium finish and Refractor parallels to the Update Series card, 2017 Topps Chrome Update is exclusive to Target. The retail set also contains his All-Star and Rookie Debut cards, plus redemption autographs for all the choices.
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size Autograph RC Cody Bellinger #AGA-CB (Redemption)
No base card in 2017 Allen & Ginter, but Bellinger has a full-size rookie autograph. Issued as a redemption, these are fairly rare but remain popular.
2017 Topps Chrome Cody Bellinger RC #79
With limited RC options, the 2017 Topps Chrome Cody Bellinger rookie takes on added significance in the hobby. The base card gives budget collectors something to chase, while the Refractors and on-card rookie autographs provide a more pricey undertaking.
Although the signed parallels are live in the product, the base rookie autograph comes as a redemption in packs.
2017 Topps Diamond Icons Cody Bellinger #AU-CBE Autograph #/25 (Redemption)
While Bellinger has rookie autographs in the main signed set and the red ink edition for 2017 Diamond Icons, both are redemptions. In fact, the only live Cody Bellinger card in the expensive release is found in the base relic insert.
2017 Topps Dynasty Cody Bellinger RC #AP-CB1 to CB6 Autograph Patch #/10 (Redemption)
The premium Cody Bellinger rookies cards in 2017 Dynasty might be limited to just 10 copies, but there are actually at least six different versions based on the redemptions to surface. The live version promises an on-card signature and a large swatch.
2017 Topps Fire Cody Bellinger RC #121
A Target exclusive, 2017 Topps Fire stands out among Cody Bellinger rookie cards based on the striking Tyson Beck design. The simple set adds some colorful parallels and an autographed version (redemption).
2017 Topps Five Star Cody Bellinger RC #FSA-CB Autograph (Redemption)
Another redemption, 2017 Five Star features Bellinger in the base autograph set with low-numbered Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange and Red parallels. Admittedly, the design is not the strongest.
2017 Topps Gallery Cody Bellinger RC #143
Straying from the norm, the rebooted 2017 Topps Gallery delivers artistic images to the masses in the Walmart-only set. Those in search of an attractive, affordable Bellinger rookie should give Gallery a try. His autographed parallel is a redemption.
2017 Topps Gold Label Cody Bellinger RC #19
Elegant with subtle differences between the "Class" subsets that have increasing rarity, 2017 Topps Gold Label features three different Cody Bellinger rookies. While the specific Class is noted on the card, it can be difficult to read. However, the only real change is the background image. Class 1 shows a field stance, Class 2 has him swinging away, and Class 3 displays a running Bellinger. His base framed autograph is a short print with 100 copies, but there are also several parallels.
2017 Topps Heritage High Number Cody Bellinger #678
He missed the first Heritage release, but 2017 Topps Heritage High Number is the place to find the Cody Bellinger rookie card for the throwback brand. Collectors have a decent variety between the base card, shown first, and Action Variation, on the right. There is also the Error and Color Swap variations that make small changes to the main card, and the Chrome parallel. His on-card autograph is quite popular in the set, as well.
2017 Topps High Tek Cody Bellinger RC #CBE
Although there is only one base image for Bellinger in 2017 High Tek, the pattern variations provide nine different background designs to hunt down, starting with the most common on the left below (Pattern 1). Bellinger also has a signed version of Pattern 1, but it's a redemption.
2017 Topps Holiday Cody Bellinger RC #HMW120
Commonly referred to as the "snowflake" set, the flagship design in 2017 Topps Holiday adds a distinct pattern to the background. The seasonal release is found at Walmart locations, and Bellinger is also part of the limited Autograph and Autograph Relic inserts.
2017 Topps Holiday Bowman Cody Bellinger RC #TH-CB
Another base rookie for Bellinger, the distinct parallels in 2017 Topps Holiday Bowman are where the set really stands out. Collectors have Green Holiday Sweater (#/99), Blue Winter Wonderland (#/50), Turkey Logo (#/35) and Red Holiday Sweater (#/10) versions to chase in the hobby shop promo.
2017 Topps Transcendent Collection Cody Bellinger RC #46 #/87
A base Cody Bellinger rookie card unlike any other, the low print run of just 87 copies is amplified by a 2017 Transcendent box price that runs over $25,000. In addition, Bellinger has a bonus redemption in the main autograph set, and a variation image autograph.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Cody Bellinger Rookie Autograph #RA-CB #/99
Although not part of the main rookie/phenom autograph set, Bellinger has a rookie autograph and an autograph relic with several die-cut jersey designs in 2017 Topps Triple Threads. Both have sticker signatures and limited print runs with multiple low-numbered parallels.
2017 Topps Now Cody Bellinger RC #85 (PR=1,555 copies)
The earliest option with the RC logo, the on-demand 2017 Topps Now Baseball set has put forth several different cards for Bellinger, including signed versions. His original Now card was made available in honor of his debut, and first hit, on April 25, 2017. Another first, card #116 features his first grand slam for the Dodgers.
A later release (card #194) celebrating his powerful start took a hard-signed autograph form with the base edition numbered to 99 copies (mock-up image shown below) and several tiers of low-numbered parallels. He also has a dual card Aaron Judge (#207), which honors his May NL Rookie of the Month Award, and he is featured on the Card of the Month (COTM) for June, with a print run of 315 copies.
2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Cody Bellinger RC #74 (PR=1,475 copies)
Another print-to-order RC option is Bellinger's Throwback Thursday card that features the 1954 Bowman design. Originally issued as part of a six-card rookie set, Aaron Judge is also included. The total amount produced finished at just under 1,500 sets.
Key Cody Bellinger Prospect Cards
2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Cody Bellinger #158 Autograph #/673
Going back several years, the earliest Cody Bellinger card came in 2013 Elite Extra Edition with both signed and unsigned versions. Leading the way for collectors, the main on-card autograph is numbered to 673 copies. There are also several limited parallels including Green Ink (#/10) and Red Ink (#/25) options.
2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Cody Bellinger #BCAP-CBE
Even though EEE has it beat by two years, there is no question about the best Cody Bellinger card to acquire. Found in 2015 Bowman Chrome, this Chrome Prospect Autograph tops the list. Doubling down, the hard-signed card is his first MLB-licensed release and his only pack-pulled card in 2015. The base autograph is not numbered but there are Refractor parallels that start at 499 copies and go all the way down to the one-of-one SuperFractor.
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Cody Bellinger #BCP-182
While his Bowman Chrome autograph came in 2015, collectors had to wait another season for a base BC version to arrive in 2016 Bowman Chrome. Also offering a rainbow of Refractor parallels, consider this the budget-friendly chromium alternative if you are priced out of the market for the signed 2015 card.
2017 Panini Diamond Kings Signatures Cody Bellinger #DKS-CB Auto Relic #/99
While one could argue this is a rookie signature, the 2017 Diamond Kings card released about a month before his MLB debut. Nevertheless, the low print run of just 99 copies, along with the artistic design, makes for an intriguing option despite the lack of MLB logos. The card showcases a sticker autograph and a pair of relic pieces.
2017 Donruss Promising Pros Cody Bellinger #PPMS-CB Auto Relic
More bland by comparison, 2017 Donruss is in a similar situation to Diamond Kings as it pre-dates his MLB start. The base autographed relic is not numbered but parallels include Gold (#/99) and Black patch (#/10).