Just as Nationals fans looked forward to Bryce Harper and Cubs fans anticipated Kris Bryant, Dodgers fans couldn’t wait for their top prospect to make his debut. He didn’t disappoint and now Corey Seager cards are among the hobby’s hottest.
The L.A. shortstop turns 23 on Thursday, already a big league star.
Seager is making what is, by big league standards, a modest $575,000 in 2017 but will most likely be one of the highest paid shortstops in the majors before long.
Speculation about his potential in a high exposure media market is also transcending into the collecting world.
The Seager File
His 26 home runs and 72 RBI in his first full season with the first place Dodgers bolstered awareness about his potential. Coupled with a .308 batting average, Seager looked every bit of the part of a future Hall of Famer at the position. It was arguably one of the best first full seasons by any shortstop in history. Things like that evoke terms and phrases, such as the “centerpiece of a franchise.”
At 6-4 and 215, Seager isn’t your typical shortstop. He throws right but bats left-handed. Seager wasn’t exactly a project leaving high school. The Dodgers knew exactly what they were doing when they nabbed him in the first round of the 2012 draft.
Seager and his dynamic baseball family are from the Kannapolis, North Carolina area. His oldest brother Kyle plays for the Seattle Mariners and his other older brother Justin also was a draft pick in 2013. Their parents, Jody and Jeff, may have some issues getting to three games at a time in the near future. Kyle, who has the most big league experience, has been known to tell others that Corey is the best of the trio of talented brothers.
Corey Seager Prospect Cards
Seager has been signing cards for Topps since he was 16 years old and appeared in the Topps and Bowman Team USA sets. Naturally, those cards, including the numerous serial numbered color parallels draw a lot of attention from collectors.
Seager opted to sign out of high school in lieu of playing collegiate baseball at South Carolina. He rose quickly through the farm system and his first MLB licensed trading cards from his pro career arrived in 2012. That’s where you’ll find the 2012 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects Seager cards, carrying on-card signatures and a variety of parallels.
While a player’s first BoChro autographs are generally considered the top prospect cards, bargain hunters can also find his autograph on 2012 Bowman Sterling (a horizontal design) and in various Leaf and Panini products, licensed only through the MLB Players Association.
Seager made his MLB debut late in 2015 and his “official” rookie cards are in 2016 Topps products. His standard base card brings the tradition with it (it, too, has a boatload of parallels) but he’s in virtually every Topps product in 2016 including Heritage High Number where he shares a standard card with Jose Peraza and has his own solo variation that’s definitely one of the premier Seager rookie cards.
Auto relics from his first season will likely carve out their own niche but what collectors prefer now can often be found by keeping an eye on eBay’s most watched list of Seager cards which is continually updated directly below.