After several seasons as a top prospect for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Corey Seager is finally showing his big league skills and has emerged as one of the best MLB rookies of 2016. With many Corey Seager rookie cards now available, he also has plenty of top prospect cards to chase as well. Both groups of cards are covered in the detailed guide below.
The younger brother of Justin and Kyle Seager, Corey Seager had originally committed to play college baseball for the University of South Carolina out of high school. However, things changed quickly when the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Seager in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft.
Other than a down year in 2013, Corey Seager excelled in the minors and led the league in hitting and doubles in 2014. Based on his strong play, Seager was named the 2014 co-MVP of the high Class A California League along with his Dodgers' teammate Joc Pederson. After making a good impression during his brief time at the Dodger's 2015 training camp, Seager made his MLB debut in September of 2015.
While his pro debut occurred near the end of 2015, Corey Seager's official rookie year came in 2016. He earned an All-Star appearance and Rookie of the Month Award (June) in his first season. He was also the unanimous selection for NL Rookie of the Year.
While Corey Seager was drafted in 2012, his cardboard legacy started in 2010 thanks to his participation with USA Baseball. Other popular prospect cards for Seager came in 2012 and 2013 products. Because of this late call-up in 2015, his rookies appear in 2016 products.
The following guide features a detailed look at the Corey Seager rookie cards, including a full checklist. Key prospect card are documented below the rookies.
Corey Seager Rookie Card Checklist
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Part of the 2016 Bowman set, collectors can find a simple Seager rookie card with a fairly busy border. Chromium collectors are out of luck as far as base parallels but there is a Chrome Rookie Autograph insert with an on-card signature and several parallels.
In a curious move, Topps included a standard Seager rookie in 2016 Bowman Chrome as well as a chromium version of his base Bowman card. The Bowman Chrome rookie shown below on the left is only found in hobby boxes while the Chrome edition of his Bowman card is a vending box exclusive. Only the base Bowman Chrome cards have Refractor parallels.
Part of the Walmart-exclusive 2016 Bowman Platinum, this simple rookie has a quality look for a budget price. A handful of parallels build on that including the striking Ice version.
The flagship rookie for Corey Seager is also his very first and one of the most common of his base rookies. Found in Series 1, several limited parallels add a chase factor, including the unannounced Negative parallel that features a very distinct look.
One of several throwback sets, the basic 2016 A&G rookie for Corey Seager is joined by a mini parallel and mini variation. Seager also has a signed card in the primary Framed Autograph insert.
Looking back to the junk wax era, 2016 Archives puts Corey Seager on the 1991 design. Although he was actually born in 1994, collectors can find the nostalgic base rookie and a very limited Operation Desert Shield parallel in the product.
Connecting physical collectors with the digital side of things, 2016 Topps Bunt doesn't offer much in the way of value but the low-end release is built around fun. In addition to the base rookie, Seager has a Future of the Franchise insert.
While it is just a chromium version of the flagship rookie, 2016 Topps Chrome has earned a special place with collectors. For Seager, the many Refractors and the on-card autographed version provide even more.
Led by chromium technology and many Refractor parallels, 2016 Finest carves out a spot with a design that is a little louder than most. Seager also has an on-card autograph in the Finest Firsts insert line.
One of the key high-end releases each year, 2016 Five Star is all about thick card stock and on-card autographs. Originally issued as a redemption, this limited Corey Seager rookie sits near the top of the list.
Part of the reboot set, 2016 Topps Gold Label features a trio of choices. While the corner image is the same, the background photos of Seager change. Class 1 is the most common and Class 3 is the rarest. All three versions each have three limited parallels.
2016 Heritage revisits the 1967 Topps design which means dual-player rookie cards. Although the pairing with Jose Peraza is not ideal, there is also a limited Heritage variation that gives collectors a single-player card to target for Seager.
A quality design and a thick card stock meets a budget price for the 2016 Museum Collection Corey Seager rookie card. While Museum box prices are on the higher side, these base Seager rookie cards can be found for cheap.
Copying the flagship design and even featuring the same image for Seager, the only real difference in this 2016 Opening Day rookie for Corey Seager is the OD brand logo above his name.
Widely known for high-end photography, 2016 Stadium Club does not disappoint. While the base rookie and SP variation (on the right) are largely tame by Stadium Club standards, the quality look and rich image makes it clear why this will remain one of the top low-end rookie choices for collectors.
The ultimate in premium cards from Topps, 2016 The Mint doesn't have a main set to speak of. However, the only Corey Seager card is part of Archival Autographs insert. Originally found as a redemption, the card is quite popular with collectors and there is also a variation.
Technically an insert that falls two per case, this Corey Seager card in 2016 Tribute displays the base design and features most of the base parallels.
With a trio of relic pieces and a sticker autograph, the 2016 Topps Triple Threads rookie is not the most visually appealing. Still, with the TTT brand name and limited print run, the card maintains solid value.
While the lack of logos is a little more apparent, 2016 Diamond Kings stands out with an artistic design. The base Corey Seager rookie uses a fielding image and is joined by a variation that shows him batting. Framed parallels give the cards more of a museum-like quality.
Hiding the airbrushed logos a little better, 2016 Donruss incorporates the popular Rated Rookie logo in a very simple card.
Like Chrome is to Topps, Optic is to Donruss. The 2016 Donruss Optic rookie also comes in a variety of parallels.
Another Corey Seager without logos, 2016 Flawless goes high-end with a print run of just 20 and an actual diamond embedded in the card as well as a few limited jewel parallels. There are also multiple on-card signatures for Seager in the pricey release.
A premium Panini release for Seager, 2016 Immaculate features on-card rookie autographs. Once the Seager rookie is made, it will be one of his rarest, giving more appeal to the quality card.
Key Corey Seager Prospect Cards
While it is not the most popular Bowman Chrome card for Corey Seager, his card in 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects is the first. Showcasing Seager during his time with USA Baseball on the 16 & Under Team, the product includes a base card as well as a signed option.
Another early autograph for Corey Seager, the 2010 Topps USA Baseball Box Set includes several cards that pre-date his time with the Dodgers. The red ink parallel is shown below.
Easily the most popular Corey Seager prospect card, the Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Autograph includes an on-card signature and multiple Refractor parallels. Even after his rookie cards are released, this will still be one of the overall favorites for Corey Seager collectors.
Collectors looking for Seager's pre-rookie signatures that are a little lighter on the wallet should check out his Bowman Sterling Prospect Autograph from the 2012. The horizontal layout offers a different look than most of the other Seager autographs and the fact that its signed on-card makes it one of the better values. While they are now live, it is important to note that the card was originally issued as a redemption.
One of several non-MLB autographs from Leaf, the Chrome-like look of 2012 Leaf Metal Draft and on-card signature offers an appealing budget prospect card for Seager.
A little more plain than the Metal Draft card, Seager's 2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft autograph is a better option for collecting purists who don't care about team logos.
Featuring the same image as Leaf Ultimate Draft, the Seager autograph in 2012 Leaf Valiant Draft pays homage to the popular Crusades design.
Elite Extra Edition may not have the classic look that Bowman Chrome or Leaf autographs utilize, but the card is signed on-card and the print run is reasonable. Like the Leaf cards, EEE values are kept in check because they don't display MLB logos.
Unlike many prospects, Corey Seager's base Bowman Chrome Prospects card with the Dodgers was not found in the same release as his first Bowman Chrome autograph as a Dodger in 2012. Because of this, his 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospects card maintains added interest from collectors.
Although quite a few Corey Seager autographs came before his 2013 Bowman Inception Prospect Autograph, the artistic image and on-card signature make it popular with collectors.
Another early autograph, this card was actually signed in 2011 at the Perfect Game All-American Classic but was not included in packs until 2014 Bowman. A descendent of the popular AFLAC autograph line, these signed cards are limited to 235 copies.