A hyped prospect early in his career, interest in George Springer rookie cards slowed over the years as the Houston Astros struggled. However, the pieces were clearly in place and Springer exploded as the team won their first World Series. Thanks to a record-tying five home runs in the 2017 series, Springer took MVP honors, pushing his early cards into the forefront of the hobby.
While his most popular prospect cards came in 2010 and 2011 sets, the first George Springer rookie cards debuted during the 2014 season. It depends on the collector, but all of these releases are in demand. Helping value and interest in the long run, Springer is still in his prime and the Astros are set up for several years of title contention.
The list below compiles all George Springer rookie cards along with other top options from the set in question. We have also identified key prospect cards that pre-date his MLB releases. A more detailed breakdown can be seen in our George Springer prospect guide. For team options, we dive into the popular Houston Astros 2017 World Series memorabilia and apparel choices.
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An inexpensive place to start, the 2014 Bowman Chrome George Springer rookie also adds many limited parallels. In addition, there is a variation image with only 99 copies. The photo is similar but Springer has dropped the bat compared to the base version where he is still holding it.
Offering another image using the Bowman Chrome style, 2014 Bowman Chrome Mini features Springer in the high-number portion of the factory set. The throwback jersey does make for a more captivating picture.
Part of the premium 2014 Bowman Sterling release that includes 18 autographs per box, the base rookies can get a little lost in the shuffle. However, the George Springer rookie has a distinct look and there is also a signed version.
For a more retro style, 2014 Donruss Series 2 is solid if you don't mind the lack of logos. The Rated Rookie subset card features a thick border and a big swing from Springer.
An online-exclusive, 2014 Donruss The Rookies contains another nostalgic design for Springer. In addition to a hard-signed base version, he has a Contenders Rookie Ticket autograph in the set.
If you have rarity in mind above all else, 2014 Immaculate Collection might be a good choice if you can find one. Limited to 99 copies, Springer is in the Rookie Inscriptions subset, as well as several other autographed inserts. However, the on-card Clubhouse Signatures card, also numbered to 99, might be the better choice.
Equally rare, 2014 National Treasures bests Immaculate based on brand reputation and value. The hard-signed NT autograph also helps.
Even without logos, the 2014 Classics rookie for Springer has more personality than the other Panini options. If visual appeal is important, this cheap rookie rates high on the list. The Significant Signatures insert line provides an autograph relic with a main print run of 299.
Springer didn't join the flagship family until 2014 Topps Update Series but it remains one his most popular and plentiful options. He also has a Sparkle variation, plus a photo variation shown below where he is making a catch. For a chromium version, see 2014 Topps Chrome Update Series.
Another George Springer rookie with mainstream appeal, 2014 Topps Chrome gives collectors a base card and on-card rookie autograph. Of course, the parallel rainbow keeps things exciting.
Checking the boxes for expensive and rare, the George Springer rookie autograph in 2014 Topps Dynasty features sweet patches, on-card signatures and individual print runs of 10 or less. The aren't quite that rare, though, as there are five different versions.
Like Topps Chrome, 2014 Topps Finest works with shine and parallels. It goes to the next level with a wild design. The base Springer rookie is joined by a colorful autograph.
Issued in the 2014 Heritage High Number factory set, this old school George Springer rookie card also has an on-card Real One Autograph edition.
If patterns are your thing, 2014 Topps High Tek scratches that itch with multiple background designs and another hard-signed card for Springer. The main Wave version is shown and the full assortment can be seen using our High Tek Patterns Guide.
Although many cards display similar images of Springer at various points in his swing, 2014 Stadium Club is easily the most fun. This George Springer rookie card does well with a vintage Astros uniform and playful tongue movement. A hard-signed version adds a signature to the main design.
The autograph-only 2014 Topps Supreme features two different George Springer rookie autographs in the main set. Limited to 50 copies apiece, each also has multiple numbered parallels with lower totals.
Arguably the most ornate base option, the 2014 Topps Triple Threads rookie for Springer looks great and is still reasonable in price. Unfortunately, he was not included in the Rookie and Future Phenoms autographed relic subset, but he is in the limited Rookie Autograph insert.
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Admittedly, this is not the best card design. The image chosen was from the end of a swing, which leaves a tiny portion of Springer's face visible. Also, the foil sticker used is anything but subtle and makes it painfully clear when the sticker is not placed on the card correctly. However, this USA Baseball card from Bowman Chrome came as a wrapper redemption and is numbered to 99. The rarity adds to the appeal and this is also one of the first autographed George Springer cards. A black parallel, numbered to 25, provides the highest values.
Another early autograph for George Springer, 2010 Bowman Platinum combines the popular Refractor technology with a signature and jersey relic. While it does include a sticker autograph, the design better incorporates the sticker and it is very subtle. Multiple parallels add to the excitement.
The clear favorite among all of the George Springer cards, 2011 Bowman Chrome features an on-card autograph and a variety of popular Refractor parallels. If you have to pick just one, this is where most collectors tend to end up.
Springer has several unsigned prospect cards, but Bowman Chrome is his most popular. The base card from 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects is a great option for collectors who are on a limited budget or just want to add some basic cards to their collection. There are also several parallels to chase.
The first thing you notice with the 2011 Bowman Sterling card is the huge smile on George Springer's face. The sticker autograph is disappointing, but otherwise, this is a great card. Once again, Refractor parallels are the big draw.
2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition represents a nice budget autograph for George Springer card collectors. The lack of an MLB license forces the airbrushed jersey and helmet, hurting interest for some. However, it is one of only a handful of on-card prospect autographs for the slugger and the higher print run makes it easier to track down.
Just like the Donruss Elite Extra Edition card, the 2011 Leaf Valiant Draft autograph is not for everyone. But it does deliver a colorful design and on-card signature. Prices remain very reasonable for this underrated card.
One of the final George Springer prospect cards of note, 2013 Bowman Platinum gives collectors a signed card with a jumbo jersey piece. Although it is another sticker autograph, the demand has remained for these Refractor cards. This is especially true for the low-numbered parallels with nice patches.