Rookie Card Year: 2012
Investment Rating: 7.0
The future looks strong for Yoenis Cespedes cards and memorabilia. The Cuban slugger made an immediate impact upon starting for the Oakland Athletics, hitting three home runs in his first five games. Althgouh he showed flashes of greatness with the A's, Cespedes was traded to the the Boston Red Sox midway through the 2014 season.
Playing for Cuba at the 2009 World Baseball Classic, collectors already had a handful of Yoenis Cespedes cards to chase before he even signed his first major league contract.
Cespedes' knack for the long ball should make him popular with collectors, particularly if he continues to hit towering shots. Cespedes gained a taste of national attention by winning the 2013 Home Run Derby, facing off in the finals against another 2012 rookie, Bryce Harper. He also won the 2014 Home Run Derby.
The speedy outfielder should prove to be exciting to watch for years to come. The highlight reels that follow him will help him garner widespread attention, especially while playing for the large market Boston Red Sox.
Yoenis Cespedes rookie cards can be found in many 2012 products. He also signed many autographed inserts, making his signature not too difficult to find.
It is worth noting that Cespedes' World Baseball Classic cards show a different spelling for his first name - Yoennis.
Top Yoenis Cespedes Rookie Cards
An essential addition to any Yoenis Cespedes player collection, the Triple Threads rookie card features its patented three swatches of memorabilia, on-card autograph and serial numbering to 99.
Despite not being an officially licensed rookie card according to MLB, it is licensed by the MLBPA and should not be ignored by collectors. Limited to 99 copies, it features a beautiful black and white design and on-card signature.
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2009 World Baseball Classic Card Highlights
Although Yoenis Cespedes rookie cards came out in 2012, he did have several Topps cards produced in 2009 due to his participation in the World Baseball Classic. These cards are inserts and should not be considered official rookie cards. That said, they are a solid choice that will hold some value. Highlights of the WBC cards are listed below.
- 2009 Bowman Chrome World Baseball Classic Prospects #BCW49
- 2009 Bowman Sterling World Baseball Classic Relics #YC
- 2009 Topps World Baseball Classic Rising Star #6 Redemption
- 2009 Topps Chrome World Baseball Classic #W11
- 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom Ticket Stubs Plus Memorabilia #TSP59 #/110
Yoenis Cespedes Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Yoenis Cespedes's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company. Some of the trusted sources within the sports memorabilia market include the following companies: PSA, JSA, Steiner, and Tristar. Click on any of the images below to view full size photos.
Yoenis Cespedes Cut Signature Exemplar #1
Yoenis Cespedes Cut Signature Exemplar #2
Yoenis Cespedes Key Signature Attributes: An authentic Yoenis Cespedes signature autograph will exhibit several distinguishing characteristics. He uses two different signature styles depending on the number of items to be signed, space and time limitations. Look for the following signature features:
Yoenis Cespedes Signature Attributes #1
- Comprised primarily of 5 characters. The distinct letter "y" with its angular tail sits inside a a large over-sized letter "C" that can resemble an "O."
- The pen lifts and his jersey number "52" is written with the numerals "5" and "2."
- The final letter is a distinguishable "P."
Yoenis Cespedes Signature Attributes #2
- Written on angle of about 30 degrees, this signature also contains the letter "y" inset in the letter "C."
- The pen lifts several times in spelling out "e-s-p-d-e-s."
- Not all the letters are legible.
- The letter "p" is represented by vertical line on a 60 degree or greater angle, followed by an un-connecting character that looks like a letter "c."
Yoenis Cespedes Signed Baseball
Yoenis Cespedes Signed Jersey
Yoenis Cespedes Signed Bat
Yoenis Cespedes Signed Photograph
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