The Cuban slugger made the most of his first MLB season, building considerable demand for the Yordan Alvarez rookie cards. However, despite debuting on June 9 with the Houston Astros, he did not make the cut-off for inclusion in 2019 baseball sets as a rookie. He still locked down the AL Rookie of the Year award, though.
As a result, there is a wait for the official Yordan Alvarez rookies. But collectors still have several notable choices among the top Yordan Alvarez cards available now.
While he signed as an international free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, the first Alvarez cards did not show up until 2018. These tend to be his most popular cards, especially the Bowman releases.
Yordan Alvarez Rookie Card Checklist and Gallery
2020 Topps Series 1 Yordan Alvarez RC
Topps confirmed what was already seeming very likely. That is, the first Yordan Alvarez Rookie cards don't arrive until 2020 Topps Series 1 Baseball in February. That is especially bittersweet because Alvarez won 2019 MLB Rookie of the Year without any official rookie cards to buy, but that's the way it is.
Top Yordan Alvarez Prospect Cards
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2018 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Yordan Alvarez #CPA-YA
Without a doubt, the key Yordan Alvarez card is part of the Chrome Prospect Autograph set in 2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball. This base on-card autograph is his top option, rivaled only by the many Refractor parallels.
Even when the Yordan Alvarez rookie cards are issued, many will still look to this as the most desirable option.
2018 Bowman’s Best Yordan Alvarez Best of 2018 Autograph #B18-YA
While nowhere near the same level as the Bowman Chrome card, those going after a more affordable autographed card that checks all the boxes can look to 2018 Bowman's Best Baseball. The hard-signed Alvarez card is featured in the main Best of 2018 Autograph lineup. These cards also have several Refractor parallels.
2018 Contenders Draft Picks Prospect Ticket Yordan Alvarez #2 Autograph
2018 Contenders Draft Picks Baseball offers another early Yordan Alvarez card of note. The Prospect Ticket card adds multiple Ticket parallels, including the Draft Ticket (#/99) edition shown below.
2018 Elite Extra Edition Yordan Alvarez #124 Autograph
Showcasing multiple Yordan Alvarez prospect cards, 2018 Elite Extra Edition Baseball includes a base card and sticker autographs. These come in base form with parallels, as well as few different Aspirations and Status versions. Accentuating the "X" design, Status cards are die-cut.
The Future Threads Silhouette Autograph Gold card, numbered to 99, is another choice from EEE.
2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Real One Autographs Yordan Alvarez #ROA-YA
Sure, it's an MiLB card, but if you enjoy a little retro styling with your on-card signatures, 2018 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball should not be overlooked.
2019 Bowman Chrome Yordan Alvarez #BCP-123
Although not marked as such (i.e. no "1st Bowman" designation), the first base Bowman card for Alvarez is issued in 2019 Bowman Baseball. This includes a paper card as well as the Bowman Chrome version with many Refractor parallels.
He also has a "mojo" edition in 2019 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Baseball.
2019 Donruss Optic Rated Prospect Autograph Yordan Alvarez #RPS-YA
It may be a year behind his first autograph cards, but the 2019 Donruss Optic Baseball prices are more affordable and it's an on-card autograph compared to the stickers used by Panini for his 2018 cards. Although it was released following his MLB debut, the Rated Prosect card is not a rookie.