Even though his first MLB season was slowed by injury, Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards have seen a lot of attention during his short career. Of course, this has been greatly helped by his high level of play since then.
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 on Opening Day, the rookie card needle moved to the positive. Other than the first MLB sets of the year, collectors can find his RC options across the majority of the 2019 baseball card season.
However, there are notable pre-rookie options to add to your collection, as well, including his initial Bowman Chrome cards from 2016. Tatis is also part of an online-only collaboration curated by him: 2019 Topps X Tatis Jr. 0.23 Baseball.
All the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards are shown below along with his key prospects. Those who prefer an up-to-date snapshot of his most popular choices can check out the real-time Fernando Tatis Jr. cards hot list.
If you are looking for signed memorabilia for Tatis Jr., Topps has a solid selection.
Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Checklist and Gallery
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2019 Bowman Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #26
Always a popular set, 2019 Bowman Chrome Baseball has a base rookie card for Tatis along with many Refractor parallels.
His on-card autograph is a top option for collectors.
2019 Bowman Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #53VR-30
A surprise release to end the MLB collecting season, 2019 Bowman Heritage Baseball has a very simple design that features no text on the front other than the RC logo. Tatis has a Black & White parallel, as well.
2019 Bowman Platinum Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #23 SP
Officially a short print variation that replaces Josh Hader in the base set, the Tatis rookie in 2019 Bowman Platinum is still in very good supply.
Check out his hard-signed Refined Autographs card for a popular signature option.
2019 Bowman Sterling Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #BSR-73
Back in action, 2019 Bowman Sterling works in a premium Fernando Tatis Jr. base rookie card joined by multiple Refractor parallels.
In addition, Tatis Jr. has signed duals and triples that include Vlad Jr.
2019 Bowman's Best Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #58
2019 Donruss Optic Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #84
Even without MLB licensing, 2019 Donruss Optic Baseball provides a popular Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card in the Rated Rookie subset.
Oddly enough, he has hard-signed cards in both the Rated Rookie and Rated Prospect sets.
2019 Panini Chronicles Fernando Tatis Jr. RC (multiple)
- Base Chronicles
- Contenders Optic
- Rookies & Stars
- Timeless Treasures
- America’s Pastime
2019 Panini Flawless Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #56, #64 Diamond #/20
The high-end 2019 Flawless Baseball boasts two diamond base cards, plus premium swatches and on-card autographs for Tatis Jr. The most popular is his RPA and the Dual Signatures card with Vladamir Guerrero Jr.
2019 Panini Immaculate Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. Autographs
Although Fernando Tatis Jr. was not included in the main Rookie Patch Autographs line for 2019 Immaculate, he does have several other autographs to chase. The on-card versions tend to see the most attention.
2019 Panini Leather & Lumber Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #140 Autograph #/149 (3 versions)
2019 Leather & Lumber offers a trio of Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards. Collectors can take their pick of trapped autographs signed on baseball, bat or leather glove-like surfaces. All three cards are numbered to 149 copies, so the overall supply is not as limited as it may appear. The main downside is that part of the signature can get blocked by the design, so make sure you look out for that.
2019 Panini National Treasures Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #35 Autograph Jersey #/99
2019 National Treasures Baseball is home to multiple Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie autographs. His Rookie Material Signatures RPA is the key option at just 99 copies.
2019 Panini Prizm Rookie Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #RA-FT
Although not in the base set for 2019 Prizm Baseball, Tatis has a signed card in the Rookie Autograph lineup. The generic-looking sticker autograph card adds a little flair with the various Prizm parallels, such as the black-and-white striped Zebra version.
2019 Topps Series 2 Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410
One of his most mainstream options, the Tatis Jr. card in 2019 Topps Series 2 Baseball marks his flagship MLB debut.
2019 Topps Update Series Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #US56
Building on Series 2, 2019 Update Series includes a Rookie Debut subset card for Tatis Jr.
His Rookie Debut card goes Chromium, with an added signed version, in the Target-only 2019 Topps Chrome Update Series.
Issued in the Update Series boxes, the 2019 Topps Baseball Silver Pack 1984 Chrome promo has Tatis Jr. in the base set and autograph line.
2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #183
2019 Allen & Ginter offers retro style and a cheap price for Fernando Tatis Jr. fans. Mini parallels are another route, if you are interested. His framed mini on-card autograph is more expensive and very popular.
2019 Topps Archives Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #75
2019 Archives uses the 1958 Topps design for the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card. This is another inexpensive option with an old-school style.
2019 Topps Big League Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #6 SP
The first pack-pulled base Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card dropped in the inexpensive 2019 Big League. This variation short print has the same card number as Kevin Gausman of the Atlanta Braves, but they are not hard to find.
2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #13
A premium set for 582 Montgomery Club members, 2019 Brooklyn Collection contains a base card and on-card rookie autograph for Tatis Jr.
2019 Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #203
2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410
2019 Topps Clearly Authentic Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #CAA-FT Autograph
Although 2019 Clearly Authentic MLB borrows the flagship design, it is not the same image as the Series 2 card for Tatis. Adding an on-card signature and sealed in a one-touch case, the acetate card is appealing.
2019 Topps Definitive Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #DRA-FTJ Autograph (Redemption)
2019 Definitive Collection has just one card for Tatis Jr. and it's a redemption from the Definitive Rookie Autographs set that is limited to 50 copies.
2019 Topps Diamond Icons Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #AC-FTJ Autograph #/25
Another premium option with a limited print run, 2019 Diamond Icons includes Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie options in the main Autographs set and Diamond Icons Autographs. Both cards are numbered to only 25 copies.
2019 Topps Dynasty Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #DAP Autograph Patch #/10
Continuing with the high-end sets, 2019 Dynasty MLB carries the lowest print run for Tatis Jr. with just 10 copies per card. However, there are five different versions for his rookie patch autograph.
2019 Topps Finest Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #85
2019 Finest Baseball has the first rookie card for Tatis that is not a short print or signed. More popular and valuable are the limited Refractor parallels and the on-card autograph that uses the same image. The signed cards have Refractor parallels, as well.
2019 Topps Fire Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #157
2019 Topps Five Star Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #FSA-FTJ Autograph
The all-autograph 2019 Topps Five Star includes on-card Tatis Jr. rookie signatures in the base autograph set and in the Five Tool Phenom insert, which is numbered to 25 copies.
2019 Topps Gallery Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #56
2019 Topps Gold Label Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #100 (3 versions)
Find a rookie trio for Tatis in 2019 Gold Label. Each base card is #100, but there are actually three different versions. Class 1 is the easiest to find and Class 3 is the toughest. All three versions are shown below with Class 3 first, then Class 2 and Class 1. The exact version is noted in the background.
His Class 2 autograph card comes hard-signed in a metal frame
2019 Topps Heritage High Number Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #517
Home to another low-cost card, 2019 Heritage High Number features a Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie with a posed image. He also has Heritage variations, including the Action Image card shown below, as well as an Error version and Team Name Color swap card. Last, but not least, is the on-card Real One Autograph.
2019 Topps High Tek Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #HTA-FT Autograph (Redemption)
Any acetate fans out there? 2019 Topps High Tek MLB oddly left Tatis out of the base set, but he did sign for the main High Tek Autographs lines via redemption.
2019 Topps Holiday Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #HW126
The Christmas spirit is strong in 2019 Topps Holiday. For Tatis, his Series 2 card is updated with a new frame and snowy design.
He also has playful short print variations that add garland in the background or a string of lights around his neck instead of the chain.
2019 Topps Luminaries Fernando Tatis Jr. RC Autographs
While there is no base set in 2019 Luminaries MLB, Tatis Jr. has limited autographs and auto relics in the Hit Kings and Home Run Kings lines. All cards are numbered to 15 or less.
2019 Topps Museum Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #87
2019 Museum Collection MLB is a premium set that still offers base rookie cards.
Of course, Tatis has signed Museum cards, including on-card options in Archival Autographs and Museum Framed Autographs.
2019 Topps National Baseball Card Day Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #SDP-6
Part of the annual promo, 2019 NBCD includes a rare Tatis autograph numbered to 150 copies. He is not in the main base set, but he is found in the Padres' SGA stadium giveaway promotion set for National Baseball Card Day.
2019 Topps Stadium Club Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #88
Highlighting a pre-throw image, the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card in 2019 Stadium Club Baseball is a nice, inexpensive option.
2019 Topps Tier One Break Out Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #BA-FTJ #/100
2019 Tier One Baseball is home to the earliest Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card autograph pulled from a pack. The main version is hand-signed and numbered to only 100 copies.
2019 Topps Transcendent Collection Fernando Tatis Jr. #49 RC #/100
The most expensive set of the year, 2019 Topps Transcendent Collection offers a metal-framed base Icons rookie card for Tatis, numbered to 100, and several on-card autographs limited to 25 copies or less.
2019 Topps Tribute Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #19R-12 #/435
Numbered to 435, the base rookies in 2019 Tribute are actually part of the 2019 Rookies insert. These combine to average two per case. His on-card autograph is also popular.
2019 Topps Triple Threads Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #RFPAR-FT Autograph Jersey #/99
Although the design is a little clunky, 2019 Triple Threads Baseball treats top rookies to a Rookies & Future Phenoms Autograph Relic card, and that includes Tatis Jr. The on-card autograph is joined by a relic trio.
2019 Topps Living Set Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #173 (PR=10,099)
The print-to-order Topps Living Set rookie for Tatis Jr. saw considerable interest during its one-week selling period. The end result was over 10,000 copies sold, becoming one of the few players to hit the five-figure mark.
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 (PR=955)
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 Conference Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr. #/50 (4 versions)
Provided at Topps' annual convention for card shop owners in 2019, there are four different poses that each carry a print run of 50 copies. This includes a running image, batting pose, fielding pose and what appears to be a mid-throw photo. I guess he could be vigorously waving. In any event, all four styles are hard-signed.