A glimmer of hope in a long and frustrating season has come in the form of a player the New York Mets hope will be one of the building blocks in their future. Amed Rosario baseball cards may be relatively few but his call to the majors created even more interest in one of the game’s newest potential stars.
Rosario, who was the Mets No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America at the beginning of the season and was currently ranked as the second-best prospect in all of baseball by MLB.com in their mid-season rankings, batted .328 (129-393) with 19 doubles, seven triples, seven home runs, 58 RBI 19 stolen bases, and 66 runs scored in 94 games with the Mets’ AAA Las Vegas affiliate.
Signed by the Mets on July 2, 2012 out of the Dominican Republic, Rosario was selected to the mid-season Pacific Coast League All-Star team as the starting shortstop for the PCL squad. He also participated in his second straight SiriusXM Futures Game in 2017 after starting the game at shortstop in 2016 as well.
Earliest Rosario Cards
Rosario first appeared on a baseball card as a 17-year-old, just after signing with the Mets as an international free agent. You can find Rosario autographs in the 2013 Elite Extra product, produced by Panini, along with some very inexpensive non-autos.
In 2014, he began to rise through the minors, beginning with the Brooklyn Cyclones and he appears in a team set issued that spring. He also debuted on Topps-branded products with cards in Heritage Minors and Pro Debut.
2015 Amed Rosario Bowman Chrome/Draft
The next season saw the 2015 Bowman Chrome Rosario prospect cards arrive, with the ever-present rainbow of colored parallels. Typically the most popular and valuable cards of any big leaguer, Bowman Chrome autographed versions have been hot. A Red Refractor numbered to 5 and graded BGS 9.5 sold for $7,200 last month with Orange (# to 25) bringing over $2,000 in BGS 9.5 holders. More modest pricing can be found in the higher serial-numbered editions but with his big league career unfolding, there’s been an uptick in sales.
Typically, Rosario has only signed his first name on autographed cards.
Rosario also has unsigned Bowman Draft and Bowman Chrome cards that can still be had for a few dollars, even less in quantity. However, it’s the early autographed cards that make up the list of his hottest issues on eBay.
His first appearance on a Topps-branded card arrived Wednesday in Topps NOW.
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