Gleyber Torres was born on 12/13/1996 in Caracas, Venezuela, and made his MLB debut on April 22, 2018. Torres was originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as an international free agent in 2013 for a $1.7 million signing bonus.
The Yankees were lucky enough to acquire Torres when the Cubs agreed to part with top prospect Gleyber Torres in exchange for Aroldis Chapman and his high-octane fastball (the complete trade was Gleyber Torres, Adam Warren, Billy McKinney, and Rashad Crawford for Aroldis Chapman).
Torres has exceptional bat speed, good power, but will never be a base-stealing threat as he does not posse first-step quickness.
Here are the top 3 Gleyber Torres Rookie Cards for investment purposes.
2018 Gleyber Torres Topps Chrome Update US200 (buy on eBay)
This is our favorite Torres rookie card and we own a few graded PSA 10 and one gold parallel graded BGS 9.5 (read BGS Grading vs PSA Grading).
The card shows Torres just getting out of the batter’s box after slapping a double into the gap? The card is available in a variety of parallels and we like the gold parallel in particular.
Numbered #200 the reverse reads “Gleyber didn’t make the 2018 opening day roster but by mid-July, he was batting cleanup in what is arguably the sports most ruthless lineup…”
Parallels: Gold (/2018), Vintage Stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Father’s Day Powder Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Hot Pink (/50), Negative, Memorial Day (/25), one-of-one Printing Plates, and Platinum (1/1)
2015 Gleyber Torres Bowman Chrome Rookie Card Auto #BCAP-GT (buy on eBay)
The Bowman Chrome Torres rookie card shows him waiting for the ball to arrive in his glove. Not the best photo in the baseball card world but not the worse either.
What really makes this card stand out is the Torres autograph. Numbered #BCAP-GT the reverse of the card reads “No. 8 Cubs prospect for 2015 (Baseball America)… Went 11 for 28 (.293) after promotion to Boise in ’14… Notched homer, triple, and four RBI’s on second pro game on June 22“.
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2018 Gleyber Torres Topps Chrome #31 (buy on eBay)
Another high-end Topps Torres Rookie Card but not as high on our big board as the Topps Update but a nice card nonetheless.
The 2018 Topps Chrome Gleyber RC is numbered #31 and is available in a variety of refractor colors.
The reverse of the card reads “Gleyber was barreling towards a possible MLB Debut in 2017 before Tommy John surgery shut him down in June. Rated as the top overall prospect by MLB.com, the former Cubs farmhand was acquired in the 2016 Aroldis Chapman trade. Torres became the youngest batting Champion in Arizona Fall League History mere months after joining his new organization“.
Torres just slapped the ball down the third baseline in the photo and barely legged out a double knowing his speed.
2018 Topps Chrome Refractors: Prism, Negative, Purple, Blue, Green, Green Wave, Blue Wave, Gold, Gold Wave, Orange (/25), Red (/5), Red Wave (/5) and Superfractors (1/1)
2018 Gleyber Torres Topps Heritage Action #603 (buy on eBay)
This Torres rookie card can come in a variety of variations.
There are six different types of 2018 Topps Heritage High Number (according to Beckett) variation short prints: Action Image, Error, Team Color Swap, Throwback Uniform, Nickname, and Trade.
Out of the six, we like the Error and Tea Color Swap the best.
We like the idea of adding all of the six cards to our investment portfolio as PSA grade 10.
Torres RC Checklist
- 2013 Elite Extra Edition Franchise Futures Signatures #71
- 2015 Bowman Black Collection Autographs Gleyber Torres #BBC-GT
- 2015 Gleyber Torres Rookie Card Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #BCAP-GT
- 2017 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Gleyber Torres #CPA-GT
- 2018 Stadium Club Variations Gleyber Torres #213
- 2018 Classics Gleyber Torres RC #22
- 2018 Donruss Gleyber Torres RC #282
- 2018 Donruss Optic Gleyber Torres RC #65
- 2018 Gleyber Torres Topps Chrome Update Refractor #HMT9
- 2018 Panini Chronicles Gleyber Torres RC #60
- 2018 Gleyber Torres Topps Chrome #31
- 2018 Topps Living Set #34
- 2018 Panini Contenders Optic Gleyber Torres RC #102018 Panini National Treasures Gleyber Torres RC Auto Patch #58 /49
- 2018 Panini Phoenix Gleyber Torres RC #12
- 2018 Panini Status Gleyber Torres RC #23
- 2018 Score Gleyber Torres RC #27
- 2018 Topps Now #112
- 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter Gleyber Torres RC #240 Full-Sized Parallels: Gloss
- 2018 Gleyber Torres Rookie Card Topps Heritage #603
Gleyber Torres Rookie Card Value
Torres rookie cards should have a nice little run over the next 5 years as Gleyber enters his prime.
If you would like an estimated value of any of the Torres cards in your collection please email us a couple of photos (back and front and corners if possible) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We don’t love Torres but we feel a couple of his rookie cards would be a smart buy (just don’t go crazy).
His home run power will never be a question, we just hope he can keep his average above .270 (ideally .280 or higher).
Investment Rating: Moderate Buy