Manny Machado was the biggest prospect to debut for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012 and he has continued to earn praise for his power and skill as his career progressed. After a blockbuster trade sent Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers, collectors have shown increased interest in Manny Machado prospect cards.
There is no shortage of Manny Machado prospect cards for collectors to chase. In fact, he has over 250 different cards that were available before his MLB debut when you take the various inserts and parallels into account. Many of these come from his time with the US national team. The official Manny Machado rookie cards debuted in 2013 products as his August call-up was too late for the final 2012 sets.
Here's a look at five places to start a Manny Machado card collection. We limited our list to cards that are more readily available. For those looking for an added chase, several of these cards have much rarer parallels as well.
Key Manny Machado Prospect Cards
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The 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball box set has turned out to be one of the hobby's gems. Pictured in his national team threads, the 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball Manny Machado autograph is highlighted by a bright design and an on-card autograph.
A rarer insert from the same box set, the Big Sigs autographs use a dark background to really stand out. Numbered to 75, this card will likely become tougher to find now that Machado is on everyone's radar. For those with even rarer tastes, a Gold parallel is numbered to 25.
Although 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars focused its base set on major league stars, a lot of the players came from the national team. Case in point, the USA National Team Future Watch Autographed Jersey. Numbered to 899, this should remain one of the more accessible options for Machado certified autographs.
Even though Manny Machado autographs are in good supply, this is still one of his top cards. The 2000 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospect Autograph Manny Machado is his first in an MLB uniform. Several levels of numbered Refractors further fuel the chase.
One of the wilder designs as far as Manny Machado prospect cards go is from 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. Numbered to 425, it is relatively rare. But what really stands out is the bright and busy layout.