Manny Machado was the biggest prospect to debut for the Baltimore Orioles in 2012. Draft third overall in the 2010 draft, he got two hits (including a triple) in his debut against the Royals. Although normally a shortstop, Machado made his debut at third base. Just 20-years-old and three years out of high school, Machado's call-up came as the Orioles were in the thick of a playoff drive.
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 is MLB debut when you take the various inserts and parallels into account. Many of these come from his time with the US national team. 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 collection. We limited our list to cards that are somewhat available. For those looking for an added chase, several of these cards have much rarer parallels as well.
Key Manny Machado Prospect Cards
The 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball box set has turned out to be one of the hobby's gems. Machado is just the latest prospect from the set to land a spot in the majors. 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 standout. 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.
2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars USA National Team Future Watch Autographed Jersey Manny Machado #32 #/899
Although 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars focused its base set on major league stars, a lot of the its 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 affordable options for Machado certified autographs.
Even after official Manny Machado autographs appear, this will likely be his top card. 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 early Manny Machado baseball cards go is the 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autographs. Numbered to 425, it is relatively rare. But what really stands out is the bright and busy layout. For those happy with an autograph from a big-time prospect and not concerned about the jersey, this card is a bargain.
Related Topics: Baseball Cards: Prospecting