One of the bright young MLB talents, Ronald Acuña Jr. has Braves fans thinking about a new dynasty and collectors clamoring for more Ronald Acuna rookie cards.
Because his MLB debut did not occur until the end of April, the first batch of 2018 baseball cards did not feature Ronald Acuna rookie cards. However, it did not take long for Acuna rookies to start trickling out via the on-demand format, and then as pack-pulled cards.
Naturally, there are many Ronald Acuna prospects to go along with the growing list of Ronald Acuna rookie cards. The guide below documents all of the main RC options, while also making note of other key choices in each product.
Ronald Acuna Rookie Card Checklist
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2018 Bowman Chrome National Convention Ronald Acuna RC #BNR-RAC
Released at the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, the 2018 Bowman Chrome NSCC promo features Acuna with a unique background pattern and several parallels.
2018 Donruss Rated Rookie Ronald Acuna RC #283
So, 2018 Donruss did not actually manage to get Ronald Acuna in the Rated Rookie subset, but he was part of the infamous wrapper redemption promo that was not announced until a week after the set released. Acuna has a base version as well as a full-name variation (Ronald Jose Acuna Blanco Jr.) that averages 1:5 packs for the three-player set (Acuna, Ohtani and Torres). There are signed editions, as well, but they are very rare.
2018 Donruss Optic Ronald Acuna RC #63
Acuna's chromium Rated Rookie card came a bit later in 2018 Donruss Optic. Of course, there is a vivid rainbow to chase, plus on-card Rated Prospect autographs.
2018 Immaculate Collection Ronald Acuna RC #151 Autograph Relic #/99
Acuna has multiple hit cards in 2018 Immaculate Collection, including an autograph relic in the base set. It is a sticker autograph, which stinks, but the low print run helps offset that.
2018 Topps Series 2 Ronald Acuna RC #698
Technically an SSP variation, the Ronald Acuna rookie in 2018 Topps Series 2 is really just a super short print (SSP) that shares base numbering with the much more common Ryan Sherriff card. Falling about one per case, this is a tough card to pull.
Acuna has another #698 card option in 2018 Topps Complete Set with a slightly different image, but these are included in every factory set.
2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Ronald Acuna RC #207
2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball provides an inexpensive Ronald Acuna rookie card in full-size and mini form. However, those looking for something a bit more exciting can seek out the Mini Framed Autograph card with on-card signature.
He is also part of the online-exclusive 2018 Allen & Ginter X, which is basically the same but features a black design and some exclusive mini parallels. This limited product has the framed autographs also, but the signatures are done in silver.
2018 Topps Big League Ronald Acuna RC #369
Delivering the initial, true-base Ronald Acuna rookie card, 2018 Big League stresses simplicity and fun over rarity and big values. The Braves' slugger also has a redemption in the Rookie Republic Autographs insert.
2018 Topps Chrome Ronald Acuna RC #193
One of his most popular base rookie cards thanks to the brand strength and Refractor parallels, 2018 Topps Chrome adds a little flash to the flagship design. Collectors also show plenty of attention to the hard-signed rookie autographs.
2018 Topps Clearly Authentic Ronald Acuna RC #CAA-RA
Another set making use of the flagship look, the encased Acuna rookie in 2018 Clearly Authentic separates itself with acetate stock and an on-card autograph. The base is not numbered but several parallel tiers cap things at 99 copies (or less).
2018 Topps Living Set Ronald Acuna RC #19 (PR=46,809 copies)
If you need an indication of just how excited collectors are for Ronald Acuna rookie cards, look to his 2018 Topps Living Set release that sold a staggering 46k+ copies. As a result, the market is flooded, which should help keep prices on the lower side.
2018 Topps National Baseball Card Day Autograph Ronald Acuna RC #AU-RA #/75
The 30-card base set for 2018 Topps NBCD apparently did not leave enough room for Acuna as each team only has one player and the Braves spot is filled by fellow rookie Ozzie Albies. Nevertheless, collectors can still find Acuna in the autograph set with a print run of just 75 copies.
2018 Topps Now Ronald Acuna RC #125 (PR=11,131 copies)
The first of many print-to-order Ronald Acuna rookie cards in 2018 Topps Now came in honor of his April 25 MLB debut with the Braves. The base version sold 11,131 copies and Topps also issued several low-numbered autographs.
2018 Topps Stadium Club Ronald Acuna RC Autograph #SCA-RA
He may have been left off the base checklist for 2018 Stadium Club, but collectors can still get an idea of what the Ronald Acuna rookie card would have been for TSC. Topps included Acuna in the base autograph set with a dugout image and on-card signature.
2017 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Ronald Acuna #CPA-RA
Ronald Acuna has multiple prospect cards but the unquestioned favorite is his CPA offering in 2017 Bowman. These already sell for hundreds and the low-numbered Refractor parallels push well into the thousands.