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Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards – Top 5 Cards, Value, Risk Return Analysis

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The 2019 Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Chrome rookie card should have an outstanding ROI over the next 4 to 6 years as he enters his prime. Plus, we have a strong possibility of a World Series ring in the mix, making this Tatis Jr. rookie card even more attractive.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. was born on 1/2/1999 and is the son of former MLB slugger Fernando Tatis. He made his MLB debut on 3/28/2019 vs. the San Fransico Giants and went 2 for 3.

Tatis Jr. originally was signed by the Chicago White Sox but was traded to the Padres at age 17 before ever playing a professional game (the White Sox have to be kicking themselves over that one and will be for a long, LONG time).

Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Year Stats: 84 G | .317 AVG | 22 HR | 16 SB | 53 RBIs… obviously this kid has some talent but some were calling for a big regression going into his second year. Let’s take a look.

2020 Fernando Tatis Jr. Second Year Stats: 59 games | .277 avg. | 17 HR | 45 RBI | .937 OPS… yea so that regression thing never really worked out did it.

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Best Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards

Here are the top-rated Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards in terms of ROI (return on investment). Any questions or suggestions please email us at info@goldcardauctions.com or use the comment section.

 

2016 Fernando Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome #BCP 17

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Fernando Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome rookie card

This card is SICK and is our top Tatis Jr. rookie card pick. Not only is it his earliest rookie card (being released in 2017) but it shows Tatis Jr. in a Chicago Whitesox jersey.

The 2016 Fernando Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome rookie card is available in a variety of versions to include Gold, Purple, and Green Shimmer Refractor.

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Obviously, the refractor versions are going to cost more but the standard autograph version (no refractor) is a solid investment as well.

2016 Bowman Chrome Parallels: Refractor, Blue Refractor, Green Refractor, Gold Refractor, Orange Refractor /25, Red Refractor /5, SuperFractor 1/1 and Printing Plates 1/1 parallels

 

2019 Fernando Tatits Jr. Topps/ Topps Chrome #410 or #202 Padres RC

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Fernando Tatits Jr. topps rookie card

UPDATE. This card is added to the list of Best Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards as of 2/22/2020. We consider this card to be almost equal to the 2016 Tatis Jr. Bowman Chrome card (1 vs 1a type situation).

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We love this card and you should 100% buy a few of these base and high-end parallels. Numbered #410 the card shows Tatis Jr. casually tossing the ball over to first base in pre-game warm-ups… a great-looking card.

2019 Topps Update Parallels: Purple, 150th Anniversary, Rainbow Foil, Gold, Independence Day /76, Black /67, Mother’s Day Pink /50, Father’s Day Blue /50, Memorial Day Camo /25, Clear /10, Platinum 1/1, Printing Plates 1/1

 

2019 Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Chrome Update RC #54

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2019 fernando tatis jr topps chrome rookie card

We originally left this card off the list… yes we are idiots haha. The 2019 Tatis Jr. Topps Chrome Update RC is numbered #54 and shows Tatis Jr. jacked up, ready to take the ball deep… two words… bye-bye.

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His name and team name are printed at the bottom while the Topps RC logo is placed in the top left. A great-looking card with a great-looking ROI over the last two years.

 

2019 Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Heritage RC #517

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Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Heritage rookie card

The 2019 Tatis Jr. Topps Heritage rookie card is IDEAL for investors who don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend but still want a high-grade Tatis Jr. rookie card.

Numbered #517 the card shows Tatis Jr. posing for the camera with the bat in hand hanging over his right shoulder. Good looking card and a good-looking smile from Tatis Jr.

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His name is printed in the bottom left-hand corner while his position is in the right. The PADRES name is depicted in the top right corner.

2019 Topps Heritage Parallels: Refractor 570, Black /70, Gold /5, and SuperFractor 1/1

 

2019 Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Rookie Card 150 Years 1984

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Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Rookie Card

We love throwback cards.

The 2019 Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Rookie Card attempts to mimic the 1984 Topps series. Fernando Tatis Jr. is running the base path after what we can only assume lacing a ball down the line for a double or triple.

This card is also very affordable. An ungraded Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Rookie Card (1984) can be found on eBay for around $100.

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The $100 price tag may differ by a few bucks but is sure to only go up over time. We suggest buying the card and then get it graded by PSA or BGS as there are not any graded versions of this card available on eBay right now.

 

BONUS TATIS JR. ROOKIE CARD

2019 Fernando Tatis Jr. Topps Authentic RC #3D

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One of the best looking Tatis Jr. cards but also one of the most rare at high grades (and expensive too!).

2019 Fernando Tatis Jr Panini Immaculate Collection RPA RC #FFT

Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie 1/1 2019 Panini Immaculate Collection RPA PSA

The Tatis Jr. Immaculate Collection RPA rookie card is baller status and another super rare card at top grades.

Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Value

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The 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. auto refractor (pictured is the Orange Shimmer) is not only a gorgeous card but is the most expensive Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card.
Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Value
The 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospects and the 2019 Topps Update RC #US56 are the two most popular Tatis Jr. cards for units sold.

 

The price of Tatis Jr.’s rookie cards is blowing up and is still somewhat undervalued based on where his ceiling could end up.

Update 9/2021: The above statement was typed sometime in 2019 and is not as relevant today but there is still some truth to it and in particular if the Padres fail to make the playoffs.

 

Pro Tip: When it comes to modern baseball rookie cards look for Bowman Chrome Prospects and Topps Update rookie cards.

The most expensive Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card is the 2016 Bowman Chrome Orange Shimmer Fernando Tatis Jr. #CPAFT RC selling for a mind-blowing $34,999 via eBay auctions on 12/20/2020 (see an image of the card below).

Be careful when buying his rookie cards if they are not graded as you still want to be picky and not get screwed over (we actually recommend not buying raw cards at all).

If you are still having trouble picking out a Tatis Jr. rookie card please email us at advice@goldcardauctions.com.

 

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Pictured above our favorite Tatis Jr. baseball cards: 2020 Panini Prizm Color Blast #CB1, 2016 Bowman Chrome Orange RPA Refractor Auto, and the 2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire RC

 

Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card Checklist

Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Card Checklist

  • 2015 Elite Extra Edition Prospects Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #175
  • 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #BCP17
  • 2019 Bowman Chrome Refractor Fernando Tatis Jr. RCRC #26
  • 2019 Bowman Sterling Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #BSR73
  • 2019 Topps Series 2 Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410
  • 2019 Topps Series 2 F2019 Bowman Topps Industry Summit Autograph Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410
  • 2019 Topps Living Set Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #173
  • 2019 Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #517
  • 2019 Topps Gallery Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #56
  • 2019 Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #7
  • 2019 Topps Archives Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #75
  • 2019 Topps Dynasty Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #DAP-FT11
  • 2019 Topps Update The Family Business Autographs Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #FB-15
  • 2019 Topps Update Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #US56
  • 2019 Topps Diamond Icons Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #ACFTJ
  • 2019 Topps Factory Set Chrome Rookie Variation Refractor Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410
  • 2019 Topps Allen & Ginter X Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #183
  • 2019 Topps Update 1984 RC Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #84-8
  • 2019 Topps Update Rainbow Foil Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #US56
  • 2019 Panini Chronicles Obsidian RC Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #35
  • 2019 Panini Immaculate Jersey Patch Auto /49 Fernando Tatis Jr. RC
  • 2019 Panini Chronicles Crusade RC Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #3
  • 2019 Panini Contenders Optic RC Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #3
  • 2019 National Treasures Jumbo Booklet RC Jersey Auto /99 Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #RJM-FT
  • 2019 Panini Optic Rated Rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #RPSFT

 

Fernando Tatis Jr. Baseball Cards: Buyers Guide and Risk/Return Analysis

We are high to very high on all Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards and we were on this kid from the very start. The prices on his rookie card have obviously soared since his debut but there is still some value to be had as the Padres could make a DEEP run in the playoffs.


Investment Rating: Great Buy (4.5 out of 5)
Best Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card: 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects RC #BCP17
Ownership Disclosure: 3x 2019 Topps Chrome RC PSA 10 2x 2019 Topps Chrome RC PSA 9
Risk/Return Analysis: Moderate to High Risk/Moderate to Ultra High Return

The Padres are loaded for bear with stars such as Machado, Chris Paddack, MacKenzie Gore, and Mike Clevinger making for one of the best teams in baseball and one that could very easily see a World Series ring in the next few years.

Having said that an injury or an early playoff exit could hurt the value of Tatis Jr. rookie cards so that is something to take into consideration as well.

What is Fernando Tatis Jr rookie card worth?

The value of a Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card can be worth tens of thousands of dollars depending on the card. For an estimated value of a Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card please email us at value@goldcardauctions.com.

What is the best Fernando Tatis Jr rookie card?

The best Fernando Tatis Jr rookie card is the 2019 Topps Series 2 Fernando Tatis Jr. RC #410 and the 2016 Fernando Tatis Jr Bowman Chrome RC.

What year is Fernando Tatis rookie card?

The Fernando Tatis rookie card is 1997 while the Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card year is 2019.

What is the most valuable Fernando Tatis Jr rookie baseball card?

The most valuable Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie card is the 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Auto RC Refractor (i.e. Green, Orange Shimmer).

36 COMMENTS

  1. What is your advice on buying one of the cards you recommend and then having it signed by the player? I am planning on buying the Tatis Jr. #410 PSA 10 and trying to have him sign it as I live in San Diego. Will that lower the value of the card or increase the value? Thanks!

  2. Which would you recommend the Topps Series 2 #410 or the Topps Chrome #210, if you could only buy one? Considering the initial cost, what is the best ROI for these card in PSA 9 over PSA 10. Thanks for your advise.

    • very close… but if we had to pick one… Topps Series 2 #410… and PSA 10 by far (well not by far but by a good deal)

  3. One of the hardest to find is his Stadium Club Sunglasses SP. They rarely show up on eBay let alone in PSA 10 grade. Population report for 10’s currently sit at 9.

  4. I pulled the 2019 National Treasures Jumbo Booklet RC Jersey Auto /99 in sioux falls, South Dakota. I was there for a wedding and bored before the ceremony started. Most I’ve ever spent for a pack of cards. Any who. Worth sending it off to PSA to get graded? I’ve only ever sent off a rookie lebron james.

  5. Worth investing in the 2019 Topps complete set white jersey #410 in a PSA 10? It seems to be a rarer card compared to some of the other Topps RCs of Tatis. Advice?

  6. Question for you long term…
    1) Update chrome pink 9 or update chome 10
    2) Topps Chrome. Refractor 9, or pink 9?

    Thanks. Get confused especially with the Topps Chrome. The Pink is awesome.

      • You guys are geniuses. So I was trying to read between the lines on the #410. I see what you see now. While everyone is chasing the Bowman chromes I’m all over the 410 parallels. Extremely undervalued and limited. Picked up a psa 10 150th anniversary and a psa 9 gold. Want that mother’s day…. Probably for the next few months I’m focusing on these cards. Long term these are going to blow up

      • Regardless of the Acuna fans (I have respect and collect) Tatis is probably the best hitter I’ve seen at his age since Griffey and AROD. He can and I expect him to be the Jordan of this sport. He has the “it” factor and just seems to do whatever he wants when he wants on the baseball field.

      • By the way. That stadium club is a little out of my price range but what a hell of a collectible to have

  7. Better investment:
    2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire Guerrero Jr. PSA 10 or
    2019 Topps Chrome Sapphire Tatis Jr. PSA 10? Thank you in advance for anticipated response.

    • Hey Scott, thanks for commenting… a tough one too. They are both 22 years old and they are both emerging superstars of the game. Its pretty much a toss-up but if we HAD to pick one we would go with Tatis Jr. As a side note we feel Acuna Jr., Vlad jr, Tatis jr, and Soto are the ideal superstars to help increase the popularity of major league baseball in the US and stop the rating decline. All four of these guys are must-see TV.

  8. I pulled a 2020 topps chrome tatis future stars red refractor hom autographed. Thinking about selling it. What do u guys think worth?

  9. What are your thoughts on the Leaf Trinity Tatis Jr Auto/Patch #/25? Would they be a good investment if he continues playing like he is now?

    • Yep but there are so many better Tatis Jr rookie card, abvoid leaf and target a Bowman Chrome or Topps Tatis RC. Cheers!

  10. I have a 2019 Topps Series 2 Fathers Day /50 color match blue bgs 9.5 tatis. The psa 10 pop is only 2. I’m always looking to buy more of those check out my IG upstate_sports_cards

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