Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a baseball talent for the ages, and the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie cards are already setting the Hobby on fire. Even before his MLB debut, there were several key cards, and there are many more on the way.
The son of Hall of Fame player Vladimir Guerrero, Vlad Jr. quickly made a name from himself after signing with the Toronto Blue Jays as an international free agent in 2015. Since then, he has burned through the Blue Jay's minor league system with all roads leading to Toronto.
The first Vladimir Guerrero Jr. cards came in 2015, but the most popular early releases are his prospect cards in 2016 Bowman sets.
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For collectors, a big cardboard milestone is the release of the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie cards. That long-awaited call-up finally took place on Friday, April 26.
Topps Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Cards Schedule
The first non-redemption rookie autograph card comes in 2019 Topps Definitive Collection. 2019 Topps Finest provides his first base card. Naturally, Guerrero Jr. rookies (base and/or autograph) are slated for other sets on the 2019 baseball card schedule, including:
- 2019 Topps Definitive Collection
- 2019 Topps Finest Baseball
- 2019 Topps Series 2
- 2019 Topps MLB Sticker Collection
- 2019 Topps Museum Collection Baseball
- 2019 Topps Stadium Club Baseball
- 2019 Topps Baseball Complete Factory Sets
- 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball
- 2019 Topps Chrome Baseball
- 2019 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball
- 2019 Topps Archives Baseball
- 2019 Topps Update Series Baseball
However, the earliest RC options were available soon after Vlad Jr.'s MLB debut thanks to Topps' online-only brands.
The phenom also has several notable prospect choices documented below and the rookie cards add even more to the mix.
Those wanting signed memorabilia can check out Topps' Vlad Jr. selection. Topps signed an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal with Guerrero Jr. in May 2019.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Rookie Card Checklist Guide
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2019 Panini Leather & Lumber Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #137 Autograph (3 versions)
If you are looking for the first pack-pulled Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie card numbered into the base set, that would be 2019 Leather & Lumber Baseball. He actually has three different cards numbered to 149. Each trapped autograph card uses a different signing surface, as well. His Rookie Lumber Signatures card mimics a bat piece, the Rookie Leather Signatures card goes for the glove look, and Rookie Signatures evokes UD's Sweet Spot style with a baseball surface.
2019 Panini Prizm Rookie Autograph Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #RA-VG
Although he is not in the base set for 2019 Prizm Baseball, Vlad Jr. does have a Rookie Autograph card. An on-card signature would be better but the many Refractor-like Prizm parallels are quite popular, such as the Power Plaid version shown below.
2019 Topps Series 2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC SP
It was not until 2019 Series 2 Baseball that Vlad Jr. got his first flagship rookie card. Although it is short-printed, the unnumbered card is not officially a variation since it does not replace a card in the base set.
2019 Topps Definitive Collection Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Autographs
Guerrero Jr. has multiple rookie autographs in the high-end 2019 Definitive Collection Baseball. On-card signatures can be found in Definitive Rookie Autographs, Definitive Autograph Collection and Framed Autograph Collection. All of these are numbered to 50 or less and his DCA card has inscriptions.
The father-son Dual Autograph Collection card is also impressive.
2019 Topps Finest Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #101
The earliest base Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie card from Topps comes in 2019 Finest Baseball. The late addition is technically a variation since it shares card numbering with Yusei Kikuchi. However, it does not appear to be overly rare, so it might be a stretch to call it a short print. While Guerrero Jr. has signed cards in the Finest Autograph set, they come as redemptions.
2019 Topps Mystery Redemption A Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC Autograph
Not long after his MLB debut, Topps revealed that Vlad Jr. was the TBD "Player A" autograph subject in 2019 Series 1, 2019 Heritage, 2019 Inception, 2019 Gypsy Queen, 2019 Big League, and 2019 Tier One. This gives collectors retroactive Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie autographs from the early-season sets.
2019 Topps Living Set Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #179 (PR=27,749)
It didn't break the record held by Ronald Acuna Jr. (46,809), but Vladdy Jr.'s rookie in Topps Living Set still sold over 27,000 copies. Available for only one week, the card features Mayumi Seto artwork using the 1953 Topps Baseball design.
2019 Topps Now Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #137 (PR=19,396)
It took just one day for the first Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rookie card to drop. Issued in the online 2019 Topps Now Baseball set, Guerrero Jr. sold a record-setting 19,396 copies of the print-to-order card, breaking Shohei Ohtani's record.
He also has limited signed versions of this initial card. Numbered to 99 or less, the cheapest option sold for $249.99, while the one-of-one went for $3,499.99. Like one of his booming home runs, all the autographed cards were gone in a flash.
2019 Topps Throwback Thursday Set 18 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. RC #103 (PR=1,105)
Another of Topps' online-only lines gives a nice shoutout to the elder Vladimir Guerrero in Set 18 of 2019 Topps Throwback Thursday. The Vlad Jr. rookie card features the 1995 Bowman design, which is the same year of Vlad Sr.'s rookie card.
2019 TBT Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
1995 Bowman Vladimir Guerrero RC #90
Top Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Prospect Cards
2015 Panini Contenders International Ticket Autograph Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #12
The earliest certified autograph of note for Vlad Jr. came in 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball. Instead of the famed Rookie Ticket, collectors can find the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. International Ticket autograph. Also working with a sticker signature, the card displays the Dominican Republic flag. There are several levels of parallels, as well, including the Cracked Ice (#/23) version shown below.
2015 Panini Elite Extra Edition Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Autograph #169
If you want another top Vladimir Guerrero Jr. card from his first year, that's his 2015 EEE autograph. Sure, the sticker autograph is not ideal, but this is among his best non-Bowman options. Parallels include low-numbered die-cut editions.
Looking for something easier on the wallet? He has a base card and multiple parallels, plus a few inserts, in the EEE set that remain fairly cheap.
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #CPA-VG
Although there are many good options out there, the best Vladimir Guerrero Jr. card is found in 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball. The hard-signed Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph card has already produced some staggering sales with several breaking the five-figure mark in 2019.
Of course, most of these higher prices are associated with the high-graded, low-numbered colors in the Refractor rainbow.
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #BCP55
Remove the signature and you get the prospect card in 2016 Bowman Baseball, which is a much more affordable card for Guerrero. Issued in a base paper and a Chrome style, many chase the Refractor parallels. These also produce strong prices, including several of the rarest editions that can eclipse $1,000.
2016 Bowman Platinum Top Prospects Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Autograph #TPA-VG
Not on the same level as the primary Bowman brand, 2016 Bowman Platinum Baseball is a Walmart-only release that mainly features top prospects and rookies. Vlad Jr. is the key name in the Top Prospects set, which has a sticker autograph version. It appears he only has parallel versions, though, including Purple (#/150), Green (#/75), Orange (#/25), and Black (1/1).
He also has sticker autographs in the Platinum Cut (#/25) and Platinum Presence (#/75) inserts.
2016 Bowman's Best of 2016 Autographs Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #B16-VG
Arguably his best prospect release other the Bowman Chrome autograph, 2016 Bowman's Best Baseball is signed on-card and is also very popular. Another plus is the more distinct design. While it will never match the CPA card, it is a fantastic consolation prize.
2018 Donruss Optic Rated Prospect Signatures Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
This hard-signed prospect card comes as an offshoot of the Rated Rookie line in 2018 Donruss Optic Baseball. There are also many colorful Rated Prospect parallels to chase.
Vlad Jr. has an earlier Optic signature from 2016, but it's a sticker autograph and part of the Studio insert.
2018 Flawless Patch Autograph Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #PA-VGJ #/25
One of the first truly high-end options for Guerrero came in 2018 Flawless Baseball. Numbered to only 25, the card takes a premium approach across the board. The only knock against it is the lack of MLB logos, but this is easy to overlook.
2018 Leaf Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Prospect Autographs
Going another direction, the Vladimir Guerrero Jr. prospect autographs in 2018 Leaf sets are mostly signed on-card and can be much more affordable than his Topps and Panini cards. The trade-off is the licensing, but collectors that don't mind this can open up even more variety in the market.
His autograph cards are found in 2018 Leaf Flash Baseball, 2018 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball, 2018 Valiant Baseball and 2018 Ultimate Draft Baseball. Signed cards are also expected in 2018 Leaf Trinity Baseball.
2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #CPA-VGJ
While it is clearly not on the same level as his 2016 card, Vlad Jr.'s Chrome prospect Autograph in 2019 Bowman Baseball still sees a lot of attention and it is a much cheaper option. The base version and many of the Refractor parallels are live in packs but the retail Green / Green Shimmer editions come via redemption.