Yasiel Puig (12/7/90) is a right fielder who previously played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians. Currently a free agent, he’s the biggest name yet to sign a contract in the 2020 offseason.
After an incredible rookie year in 2013, he struggled to match his earlier numbers and ended up being demoted to Triple-A in 2016.
As he heads into his prime at a crossroads, here’s a rundown of his popular rookie card options, as well as a checklist and an investment outlook.
Yasiel Puig Rookie Card Checklist
- 2013 Bowman Chrome #78
- 2013 Bowman Chrome Cream of the Crop Mini Refractors #LAD3
- 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft #1
- 2013 Bowman Draft #1
- 2013 Bowman Sterling #32
- 2013 Bowman Top 100 Prospects Yasiel Puig #BTP58
- 2013 Finest #91
- 2013 Panini America’s Pastime #278
- 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #14
- 2013 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention Yasiel Puig #42 #/499
- 2013 Panini Prizm #260
- 2013 Pinnacle #193
- 2013 Select #126
- 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter #44
- 2013 Topps Chrome #138
- 2013 Topps Five Star #60
- 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Yasiel Puig #YP
- 2013 Topps Heritage #584
- 2013 Topps Pro Debut Yasiel Puig #35
- 2013 Topps Triple Threads #69
- 2013 Topps Update #250
- 2012 Leaf Legends of Sports Yasiel Puig #10
- 2012 Leaf Memories Originals Yasiel Puig #552 #/99
- 2012 Leaf Memories Originals Autographs Yasiel Puig #AU-YP1
- 2012 Leaf Metal Draft Yasiel Puig #BA-YP1 Autograph
- 2013 Leaf Rookie Retro Genetic Matrix Yasiel Puig #GM-YP1
- 2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft Yasiel Puig #BA-YP1 Autograph
- 2012 Leaf Valiant Yasiel Puig #VA-YP1 Autograph
- 2013 Bowman Inception Prospect Autographs Yasiel Puig #PA-YP – Redemption
- 2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects Yasiel Puig #BPP49
Top Three Yasiel Puig Rookie Cards
Here are three of his most popular rookie cards at auction.
2013 Yasiel Puig Bowman Chrome Rookie Card #78
The 2013 Bowman Chrome comes with the usual range of attractive refractors and autographs, along with a decent base version and a prominent RC logo. The base image shows him flexing with the bat held above his head, telling you everything you need to know about his power. His prospect autograph is his most valuable card, and the reverse reads;
“Resume: Rated as No. 47 overall prospect by Baseball America in 2012… Hit .327 in 52 California League at-bats… Swatted 4 HRs in nine Arizona League games before being promoted.
Skills: Delivers big-time power with premium size, strength and bat speed… Walks nearly as often as he strikes out… Enjoys pressure situations… Handles breaking balls well.
Up Close: Hit .330 with 17 homers in final season in Cuba’s Serie Nacional… Represented homeland in 2011 World Port Tournament in Rotterdam.”
2013 Yasiel Puig Topps Chrome Rookie Card #138
The 2013 Topps Chrome comes with an RC logo at the bottom, as well as refractors including Gold and other popular options. A more affordable card, the backquote is as follows;
“Yasiel went 30-for-57 (.526) with three homers, 11 RBI and four stolen bases in 26 Spring Training games in 2013, further heightening the excitement surrounding his eventual debut. Although he opens the regular season in Double-A, the Cuban-born slugger is rated the best power hitter and top athlete in the Dodgers chain by Baseball America”.
2013 Yasiel Puig Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie Card #1
His first official rookie card, the 2013 Bowman Draft is another that’s worth checking out. He’s running in the image, while the back of the card has various notes about his rookie year;
“Resume: Called to Majors in June 2013… Hit .313-8-37 in 40 games at Chattanooga before call-up… Stole 13 bases… Posted 1.076 OPS in brief U.S. debut in ‘12.
Skills: Physical marvel with off-the-charts tools… Delivers booming power to all fields… Races from home to first in 4.15 seconds… Shows off rocket outfield arm… Allows ball to get deep in the hitting zone.
Up Close: Smashed 17 homers in 89 games in his final season in Cuba’s pro league… Worked with an English tutor five days a week at Double-A.”
Puig’s situation is somewhat unique, in that he’s still unsigned at the current time of writing. The LA Times has reported that he recently turned down a $10 million offer for one year from an unnamed National League team, so it’s not as though he hasn’t had opportunities in recent months. While it’s miles away from the proposed $100m contract he looked likely to sign as a hyped rookie, he still has the talent to come good, although time is no longer on his side.
This means that it’s somewhat difficult to gauge his rookie card prices, as they could fluctuate rapidly depending on who he signs with, along with his capacity to perform at his best. However, prices are low enough that you could grab a couple without breaking the bank, so his rookie cards are worth checking out as we wait to see who he signs with for 2020.