Top 2022 MLB Rookie Cards Guide and Baseball Rookie Card Hot List

Top 2022 MLB Rookie Cards Guide and Baseball Rookie Card Hot List

Despite a delay to the regular season and a backlog of sets, the top 2022 MLB rookie cards are still chugging along.

Because it is still very early in the collecting season, the rookie pool has not expanded as much. Nevertheless, there are multiple names worth checking out and more options are expected to make the RC cut as the year progresses.

Wander Franco is the favorite so far.

Where to Find 2022 Baseball Rookie Cards

For licensed 2022 MLB rookie cards, collectors have a variety of Topps (and Bowman) sets issued throughout the year, and possibly into 2023. There are also MLBPA-licensed Panini products. These two card makers supply the bulk of the rookie content.

Other brands offer prospect-driven products without any league or team licensing.

Review all the products with the full 2022 Baseball Card lineup.

Best 2022 Baseball Rookie Cards Sets to Collect

While budget can impact things greatly, baseball card collectors have several annual favorites. One big product line is the flagship Topps MLB series. This includes 2022 Topps Series 1 Baseball, 2022 Topps Series 2 Baseball and the to-be-announced 2022 Topps Update Series Baseball.

Other early favorites consist of 2022 Topps Heritage Baseball, 2022 Bowman Baseball and 2022 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball.

Of course, collectors enjoy the shiny sets, including 2022 Topps Chrome Baseball, 2022 Topps Finest Baseball and 2022 Panini Select Baseball.

These are just a few of the choices as new sets are usually released multiple times per month. Track current and upcoming sets via the New Release Calendar.

Top Players

Top 2022 MLB Rookie Cards To Collect

The guide below highlights some of the top names that feature the official RC logo in 2022 MLB card sets. As more rookies are revealed by Topps and stars emerge, there will be updates over time.

Players are listed in order of their MLB Draft year or international free agency signing, starting with the most recent. Each player listing also notes his birth year (YOB).

Please note that not all players have appeared in traditional sets with pack-issued rookie cards. In this case, only players that feature the RC logo in Topps' online releases are listed.

Seiya Suzuki - Chicago Cubs

2022 Free Agent: Int. FA / Country: Japan / YOB: 1994

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Spencer Torkelson - Detroit Tigers

2020 Draft: 1st Rd (1st overall) / College: Arizona State University / YOB: 1999

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Reid Detmers - Los Angeles Angels

2020 Draft: 1st Rd (10th overall) / College: University of Louisville / YOB: 1999

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Bobby Witt Jr. - Kansas City Royals

2019 Draft: 1st Rd (2nd overall) / High School: Colleyville Heritage High School (TX) / YOB: 2000

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Jeremy Peña - Houston Astros

2018 Draft: 3rd Rd (102nd overall) / College: University of Maine / YOB: 1997

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Steven Kwan - Boston Red Sox

2018 Draft: 5th Rd (163rd overall) / College: Oregon State University / YOB: 1997

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Joe Ryan - Minnesota Twins

2018 Draft: 7th Rd (210th overall - Rays) / College: California State University (Northridge/Stanislaus) / YOB: 1996

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Jarren Duran - Boston Red Sox

2018 Draft: 8th Rd (220th overall) / College: California State University (Long Beach) / YOB: 1996

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Royce Lewis - Minnesota Twins

2017 Draft: 1st Rd (1st overall) / High School: JSerra Catholic High School (CA) / YOB: 1999

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Hunter Greene - Cincinnati Reds

2017 Draft: 1st Rd (2nd overall) / High School: Notre Dame High School (CA) / YOB: 1999

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MacKenzie Gore - San Diego Padres

2017 Draft: 1st Rd (3rd overall) / High School: Whiteville High School (NC) / YOB: 1999

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Julio Rodriguez - Seattle Mariners

2017 Free Agent: Int. FA / Country: Dominican Republic / YOB: 2000

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Wander Franco - Tampa Bay Rays

2017 Free Agent: Int. FA / Country: Dominican Republic / YOB: 2001

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Oneil Cruz - Pittsburgh Pirates

2015 Free Agent: Int. FA (Dodgers) / Country: Dominican Republic / YOB: 1998

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