As one of the top-rated prospects heading into the 2019 season, Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards have already jumped quite a bit in the early part of his MLB career.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Tatis signed as an international free agent with the Chicago White Sox in 2015, but was traded to the San Diego Padres in 2016. He spent a few seasons with the Padres' minor league affiliates before making the move to prime time.
Following his MLB debut on March 28 (Opening Day), the rookie card needle moved from "if" to "when." Topps has not indicated when the first pack-pulled Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards are planned, but they should arrive at some point during the 2019 baseball card season.
However, there are still notable options to add to your collection, including his initial Bowman Chrome cards from 2016.
All the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards are shown below along with his key prospects. If you are looking for signed memorabilia, Topps has a solid selection.
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Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards Checklist and Gallery
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2019 Topps Now Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #16 (PR=3,061)
While not pack-pulled, 2019 Topps Now Baseball offers the first Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card with the RC logo. It was issued in honor of his MLB debut and sold 3,061 copies.
There is also a limited Now on-card autograph with a game-used base relic from the same date. This version is numbered to 99 with several low-numbered parallels. While the main edition (#/99) originally sold for $149.99, the collector that took home the one-of-one card paid $2,999.99.
2019 Topps Throwback Thursday Fernando Tatis Jr. #79 RC
Another print-to-order card arrived in 2019 Topps Throwback Thursday. Although it has the same image of Tatis as his first Now offering, the design is taken from the Coming Attraction cards in 1993 Topps Baseball. The six-card set includes key rookies from the 2019 season.
Top Fernando Tatis Jr. Prospect Cards
2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospects Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr. #175
EEE does not carry the same weight as Bowman Chrome, but there is still value in being first. This 2015 Elite Extra Edition card comes in a base version and with a sticker autograph. Most cards are signed using red ink. There are versions with green ink, but these are much less common.
2016 Bowman Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. #BCP17
When something has "1st Bowman" noted on the card, collectors take notice. This was the case for Tatis' Bowman Chrome Prospect card in 2016 Bowman Baseball. His base card with the Chicago White Sox is very affordable and the many Refractor parallels provide rarity and higher prices. He also has a paper version with a few parallels.
Another notable choice is the International Ink autograph in the same set. Numbered to 99, these were ultimately the appetizer ahead of the main Bowman course.
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr. #CPA-FT
The real treat for collectors came in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball. This hard-signed autograph is the top Fernando Tatis Jr. card to own. It is one that sees the most attention and highest values. On top of that, the parallels offer even more to chase.
2018 Bowman's Best Fernando Tatis Jr. Autograph #B18-FT
Arriving a little later to the game, the on-card 2018 Bowman's Best autograph for Tatis is an affordable substitute if the 2016 Bowman Chrome card is out of reach. The parallel rainbow is smaller than BC but there are several Refractor editions that yield strong prices. Another key aspect for some is that it features Tatis with the Padres.
2019 Bowman Topps Industry Summit Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr. #/50 (3 versions)
Provided at Topps' annual convention for card shop owners in 2019, there are three different poses that each carry a print run of 50 copies. This includes a running image, batting pose and what appears to be a mid-throw photo. I guess he could be vigorously waving. In any event, all three styles are hard-signed.