He joined the White Sox in 2017 by way of the Chicago Cubs, where he spent a few years struggling with various injuries and poor form.
Jiménez was promoted to the first-team roster for the 2019 season, and he’s a unit. His size and power immediately make him recognizable, and 2020 could be his breakthrough year.
Best Eloy Jiminez Rookie Cards
Given his journey through MLB, we’ve listed a couple of his best rookie cards, along with some of the better options from later seasons.
2014 Eloy Jimenez Bowman Draft Picks Refractor RC #CTP33 (buy on eBay)
Jiménez’s original rookie card is from 2014, reflecting his time as a prospect with the Chicago Cubs. The image features him in full sprint, with a Cubs logo at the bottom. There’s also a 1st Bowman logo on the top-right corner, signifying that it’s his first-ever Bowman card.
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Considering there’s no patch or signature, prices have stayed relatively affordable. A BGS 9.5 grade regularly goes for anywhere between $40-$60, although it’s worth remembering that he never played for the Cubs.
2019 Eloy Jimenez Topps Chrome RC #202 (buy on eBay)
It took Topps awhile to print up a quality Eloy rookie card but they finally hit the mark with the 2019 Topps Chrome Eloy Jimenez RC.
Numbered #202 the card shows Eloy lacing one down the line for a ground-rule double and you can tell by the look on the face he just missed a homer by mm.
This or the 2014 Bowman Chrome is tops for ROI purposes.
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Parallels: Prizm, Negative, Purple /299, Blue /150, Green /99, Green Wave /99, Blue Wave /75, Gold /50, Gold Wave /50, Orange /25, Orange Wave /25, Red /5, Red Wave /5, and Superfractors 1/1 (that superfractor is to die for!)
2017 Eloy Jimenez Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP50 (buy on eBay)
By far his most popular card at auction in terms of bids and value, the 2017 edition technically isn’t an RC if you count his time with the Cubs. However, the Blue version can sell for anything up to $1,000, and it’s easy to see why considering a lack of signatures on previous options.
Jiménez is looking off into the distance in the image, with his bat stretched out after a successful hit. There’s a signature located at the bottom, while the reverse has a “Bowman Briefing” with his resume, skills, and info about how he learned English from the dugout.
The blue refractor is one of the pricier cards, but it probably has the greatest potential to shoot up in price if his career takes off.
Eloy Jimenez Rookie Card Checklist
- 2013 Leaf Memories RC Auto /50 #EJ
- 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks #CTP33
- 2014 Bowman Draft Silver Ice #TP33
- 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCP50
- 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Refractor #CPA-EJ
- 2017 Panini Donruss Promising Pros Materials Signatures #PPMS-EJ
- 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Prospect Ticket Autographs #2
- 2017 Panini National Treasures Material Ink Gold #MI-EJ
- 2017 Bowman’s Best Top Prospects #TP-22
- 2017 Panini National Treasures Material Ink #MI-EJ
- 2018 Panini Donruss Optic Rated Prospects Signatures #RPS-EJ
- 2019 Topps Chrome #202
- 2019 Topps Gold #670
- 2019 Topps Triple Threads Rookie Auto Emerald #RAU-EJ
- 2019 Topps All-Star Game Stamped RC #670
- 2019 Topps Holiday #HW101
- 2019 Topps Heritage High Number Flip Stock #516
- 2019 Topps 1984 Topps Baseball Autographs Series 2 #84A-EJ
- 2019 Topps National Baseball Card Day RC #7
- 2019 Walmart Holiday Mega Rookie Card #HW101
- 2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection Autograph #BCA-EJ
- 2019 Topps Heritage High Number
- 2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition #670
- 2019 Topps Brooklyn Collection Autograph #BCA-EJI
- 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter’s Mini Baseball Autographs #MA-EJ
- 2019 Panini Prizm Rookie Autographs Prizm #RAEJ
- 2019 Panini Leather & Lumber Auto Rookie Signatures Baseball #139
- 2019 Panini National Treasures #9
- 2019 Topps X Lindor Generational Icons #18
- 2019 Panini Immaculate Collection Jumbos Hoodies #IJ-EJ
Eloy Jimenez Rookie Card Value(s)
The most expensive Eloy Jimenez rookie card is going to be his 2017 Bowman Chrome Refractor in particular the Gold Refractor which sold for over $2200 in April of 2020.
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Eloy Jiménez Investment Outlook
Jiménez was seen as a top international prospect before he signed for the White Sox in a swap deal, although he was only a makeweight in a deal that sent José Quintana to the Chicago Cubs back in 2017.
Regardless, he has impressed in short bursts in 2019, even if his injury record is slightly worrying. A season with no knocks would do wonders for his development, especially if he wants to be known as anything other than a talented prospect.
It’s worth mentioning that Jiménez recently signed a six-year, $43m contract extension which made him the highest-paid player who had never appeared in a major-league game at the time.
Rating: Moderate Buy (3.9)
Ownership Disclosure: 5x 2014 Bowman Draft Picks PSA 10