Manny Machado Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide

Manny Machado Rookie Cards Checklist and Guide

Manny Machado is considered one of the top players in baseball and a massive trade sent him from the Baltimore Orioles to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now, Manny Machado rookie cards are seeing a bump based on the belief that the larger market (and expected success) will boost his already-strong hobby profile.

Drafted third overall in 2010, the infielder's journey to the majors came quickly. Machado made his debut with the Orioles in early-August of 2012, about a month after he celebrated his 20th birthday. However, it was too late in the season for Topps to include Manny Machado rookie cards in their final sets of the year. Ultimately, Machado's rookie cards came in 2013.

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While these 2013 cards see lots of demand, there are several Manny Machado prospect cards that are also extremely popular, particularly the 2010 Bowman Chrome Manny Machado autograph. These early cards are either from USA Baseball releases, other prospect-only sets, or are inserts. As a result, they're not rookies in the traditional sense.

The Manny Machado rookie card checklist and gallery below compiles all the base choices out there for collectors to review.

Manny Machado Rookie Card Guide

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2013 Bowman Manny Machado RC #215

Most collectors chase Bowman for the prospects now. Ironically, that often means the rookie cards are a bit of an afterthought. A very basic card, the 2013 Bowman Manny Machado has a clean design and comes with a cheap price tag. Machado also has an autograph in the set, which carries more clout.

2013 Bowman Chrome Manny Machado RC #205

Take the basic Bowman card, give it a slick chromium finish and you've got 2013 Bowman Chrome. It's still very affordable and has a little added prestige. Of course, many collectors like to chase the colorful and abundant Refractor parallels.

2013 Bowman Platinum Manny Machado RC #42

The 2013 Bowman Platinum Manny Machado rookie has a more upscale look that other similarly-priced cards. It comes from a set that's driven largely by prospects and autographs. As a result, the base cards can be overlooked. Besides the regular version, there are Gold, Blue Sapphire and Ruby parallels, not to mention one-of-one printing plates.

2013 Bowman Sterling Manny Machado RC #10

Don't let the lack of serial number and signature fool you — this is one of the top Manny Machado rookie cards, at least as far as rarity goes. 2013 Bowman Sterling is loaded with autographs so the base cards can float under the radar. These don't pop up often and command a significant premium over most other basic rookie cards.

2013 Bowman Sterling Manny Machado RC

2013 Panini America's Pastime Manny Machado RC #298 Autograph Relic Book #/99

The 2013 Panini America's Pastime card for Machado is unique in that it's his only rookie book card. It comes with three large memorabilia swatches and a trapped autograph. Numbered to 99, there aren't a lot of copies to go around.

2013 Panini America's Pastime Manny Machado RC

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Manny Machado RC #195

There's a definite retro vibe with 2013 Hometown Heroes. From the bold design to the old-school stock, it looks as though it could have come out some time during the 1960s. And it was that nostalgia that drove the product.

2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Manny Machado RC

2013 Panini Prizm Manny Machado RC #233

2013 Prizm is all about the metallic design. While the base version isn't tough to find, the chase comes from the parallels, many of which are exclusive to specific pack types and stores.

2013 Panini Prizm Manny Machado RC

2013 Panini Triple Play Manny Machado RC #8

Is it Manny Machado or Dobby the house-elf from the Harry Potter series? The entry-level 2013 Triple Play is notable for its player caricatures. As seen for Machado, various things are accentuated. Some collectors may want to avoid it outright, but others may appreciate it for being something different. Either way, it's another cheap option that shouldn't cost much.

2013 Triple Play Manny Machado RC

2013 Pinnacle Manny Machado RC #163

Panini brought the trademark black borders back when it resurrected the 1990s brand with 2013 Pinnacle. An issue for some is the lack of logos but the card is steeped in nostalgia. Parallels include Museum Collection and Artist's Proof.

2013 Select Manny Machado RC #230 Autograph #/500

If you want a more affordable Manny Machado rookie autograph, 2013 Select has you covered. Numbered to 500, it isn't considered rare. That said, they don't normally appear in large numbers.

2013 Select Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Manny Machado RC #270

The first official Manny Machado rookie card to hit the market, the 2013 Topps Series 1 will never be his most valuable. That said, it has the distinction of coming from the flagship set. The card comes with several color parallels. Like the base version, most won't carry huge values. However, some of the rarer versions, like the wrapper redemption-exclusive Silver Slate card, could hold up well over time.

2013 Topps Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Manny Machado RC #120

Every year Allen & Ginter is one of the most popular sets in the hobby. But that doesn't mean the base cards are worth a ton. Manny Machado isn't a short print in 2013 A&G, so that helps keeps prices low. For those looking to add something a little different to their collection, the card also has several different mini versions.

2013 Topps Allen and Ginter Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Archives Manny Machado RC #27

Inspired by the psychedelic 1972 Topps Baseball design, the 2013 Topps Archives Manny Machado stresses throwback fun over value. A Gold parallel is numbered to 199.

2013 Topps Chrome Manny Machado RC #12

2013 Topps Chrome takes the Manny Machado rookie from the flagship set and gives it a chromium spin. The Refractor parallels are popular and the autograph insert has a similar design but a different photo.

2013 Topps Finest Manny Machado RC #80

In the standard style of the brand, this 2013 Finest rookie comes with a chromium design. It's somewhat polarizing as far as the look goes. In addition, there's a Refractor rainbow and Machado is part of the Rookie Autographs set.

2013 Topps Finest Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Five Star Manny Machado RC #77 #/75

When it comes to 2013 Five Star, most collectors are looking for big autographs and rare relics, not base cards. That said, this is no standard Manny Machado rookie card in either quality or production. Numbered to just 75, as time goes by, supply will dry up and these won't show up very often.

2013 Topps Five Star Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Manny Machado RC #85

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen is one of those in-between sets that isn't cheap to buy but the base cards don't carry a ton of value. Featuring an old-fashioned look and a detailed photo, the Machado rookie card is fairly unique. Lots of collectors prefer the mini card parallel, which also has a variation version.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Heritage Manny Machado RC #201 with Dylan Bundy

Very few multi-player rookie cards pan out but the 2013 Heritage rookie with Machado alongside Dylan Bundy still has a chance. The former teammates also come in a Chrome parallel.

2013 Topps Heritage Manny Machado Dylan Bundy RC

2013 Topps Mini Manny Machado RC #270

Featuring a shrunken version of his flagship card, 2013 Topps Mini Baseball was an online exclusive set and it can tougher to find than many other Manny Machado rookie cards. Numbered parallels include Gold (#/62), Pink (#/25), Black (#/5) and Platinum (1/1).

2013 Topps MLB Sticker Collection Manny Machado #7

A lot of collectors don't think of stickers when chasing rookies. And while some might not consider the 2013 Topps MLB Sticker Collection Manny Machado to be an official rookie card, it is an inexpensive option that isn't as widely available as a single as many of his other cards.

2013 Topps Museum Collection Manny Machado RC #70

Hailing from a high-end product but without any other major selling points, 2013 Topps Museum Collection is one of the sleeper Manny Machado rookie cards. It has a simple but impacting design. Over time, the massive amounts available at the time of the set's release will dry up and it should become a little more difficult to find.

2013 Topps Opening Day Manny Machado RC #172

Nearly identical to the flagship Topps Manny Machado rookie card, the most noticeable differences for 2013 Opening Day are the brand logo on the front and the card number. This is one of Machado's cheapest rookies.

2013 Topps Opening Day Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Tribute Manny Machado RC #93

The 2013 Topps Tribute Manny Machado is his first high-end rookie card. The design is highlighted by a sharp foil card stock. The third baseman does have signatures in the product, which are much more valuable.

2013 Topps Tribute Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Triple Threads Manny Machado RC #109 Autographed Memorabilia #/99

If you're looking for a premium Manny Machado rookie card with all the bells and whistles, this is it. The TTT card has a hard-signed autograph, plenty of relic material and a print run of 99. Naturally, the limited production makes it very difficult to track down.

2013 Topps Triple Threads Manny Machado RC

2013 Topps Turkey Red Manny Machado RC #6

Issued through Topps' online store, 2013 Topps Turkey Red Baseball quickly sold out. While many search for autographs, this is a set where you don't want to forget the base set. It's in short supply and a tricky find this many years out.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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  1. you forgot the factory sealed topps one that only comes with the complete set

  2. Joseph Variations weren’t included as they’re similar to inserts.

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