He’d only had 31 at-bats above the Class A level before joining the Washington Nationals but Juan Soto baseball cards have been around for a few years.
Despite his youth (19 years and 208 days upon his big league arrival), the Dominican born Soto has cards dating back to 2016, a year after he signed with the Washington Nationals for a reported $1.5 million. In the wake of his first home run in just his second game and his status as a rapidly rising young star, Soto prospect cards have been hot sellers.
His rapid rise from low-level minor leaguer to big league regular wasn’t planned. Injuries put a rush on his arrival, but Soto appears to at least have a fighting chance of being the rare player who doesn’t need a lot of time in the minors. Collectors sure seem to think he’s the real deal.
Juan Soto’s best rookie card is actually a prospect issue (it’s possible he’ll have official rookie cards late this season). He has autographs in 2018 Bowman Chrome, including the usual rainbow of numbered parallels.
His cards began to heat up as soon as the Nationals called him up and following his home run on Monday, prices climbed almost from hour-to-hour. On Sunday, a Red Shimmer Refractor was purchased for $3,500. Early Monday night, a 2016 Chrome Orange Refractor autograph (#2 of 25) sold for a best offer price of $5,200, nearly $2000 higher than the price for another Orange just six weeks earlier. A Blue Refractor auto, numbered to 150 and graded 9.5 by BGS sold Monday for $1,429. Purple Refractors numbered to 250 were going for $700-$750 while Refractors (# to 499) were climbing from about $400 to nearly $600 in a matter of hours. Standard autographs from 2016 Chrome were bringing over $300.
Soto had other cards as well during his first two seasons as a professional. You can see a live list of the most watched Juan Soto cards on eBay via the live list below.