Hottest Julio Rodriguez Prospect and Rookie Cards

Expectations were as high as the Space Needle for Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez when it was announced that he made the 2022 Opening Day roster. The team and collectors alike were beginning to worry about his slow start to the season. But, a torrid stretch propelled Rodriguez into becoming the only rookie on the 2022 All-Star Game roster, not to mention a second-place finish in the Home Run Derby.  Julio Rodriguez baseball cards?  They’re hot, too.

Rodriguez, a 2017 international free agent from the Dominican Republic, has a rare power and speed combo that is quickly making him one of the more collectable athletes in the game today. He even became the fastest player ever to reach 15 career home runs and 20 stolen bases.

Despite not having a huge variety of them yet, his earliest issues have been among the top selling single cards on eBay. In the past 12 months, over $6 million worth of Rodriguez cards have sold on eBay alone—more than 87,000 cards in all.

Two of the biggest sales took place in May when one of the five 2019 Bowman Chrome Red Shimmer Refractors graded BGS 9.5 sold for $23,501 and one of the ten Orange Shimmers, also a 9.5, netted $22,200.

True Rodriguez rookie cards were late in arriving during 2022 but here are five of the best early releases to kickstart your collection.  For the purpose of this list, we’re excluding parallels, but of course, the rarer the better.

Note: For the purposes of this list, I am excluding all parallels, but of course, the rarer the better. Sales figures as of 7/22/2022

#5 – 2019 Bowman Draft – Chrome (#BDC-60)

While not his 1st Bowman, this Bowman Draft chrome card is still a first year, and is the only card on this list to feature the Mariners teal uniform. While it will never reach the value of his 1st Bowman, it’s probably worthy of picking up at current prices if you believe in his long term future.

#4 – 2021 Bowman’s Best – Best of 2021 Auto (#B21-JR)

The Bowman’s Best brand, making its debut in 1994, has always featured a slickly designed chromium stock, and 2021’s entry is no different. The modern yet simple design featured on this subset is one of the more appealing sets of this release.

It earns a spot on the list despite being a pre-rookie card. His autograph in this set is bigger and pops more than his other autos later on in this list.  Prices haven’t soared out of the yard–yet.

#3 – 2022 Topps Series 2 – 1987 Topps Auto (#87BA-JRO)

The hotly anticipated 2022 Topps Series 2 set was initially received with negativity as the checklist failed to mention any of the seasons blossoming rookie class, led by Bobby Witt Jr., Spencer Torkelson and Rodriguez. As it turns out, Topps threw a curveball and announced that all three of the aforementioned rookies were in the set, though Witt Jr. and Rodriguez were the only ones with autos.

The 1987 throwback design was an interesting choice to feature Rodriguez’ first true rookie auto, but it’s a beautiful design, and one Topps seems to keep coming back to for a reason.

This one is popular with eBay bidders.

#2 – 2022 Topps Series 2 – SP (#659)

Similar to the 2018 Series 2 Ronald Acuña Jr. bat down and the 2019 Series 2 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. no number short prints, Topps made the rookie cards of Rodriguez, Witt Jr. and Torkelson true chase cards.  It’s a far cry from Series 1 where Wander Franco rookies were at least one per box.

The rarity of this Rodriguez card (1:50 packs in hobby, 1:16 in jumbo for all SP cards) and his fast start in Seattle have kept prices strong. There’s also an All-Star variation.  It may not be the flashiest card, but it’s part of a Topps flagship set, making it an absolute must have for any Rodriguez collector.  Expect to pay at least a few hundred dollars to get one.

#1 – 2019 Bowman – Chrome Prospect Autographs (#CPA-JRO)

While his 1st Bowman chrome base card is essentially #1a on this list, there’s no card that will surpass the 1st Bowman chrome auto of a top prospect. The fact that Rodriguez’ raw base autos often sell for low four-figure prices tells you that collectors believe he is the real deal. It may be a steep price to pay now, but if his star continues to rise, this card could become one of the more iconic in the hobby for years to come.

Below is a live list of the current ‘most watched’ eBay auctions for Julio Rodriguez cards.  To see all of the Rodriguez cards currently listed, click here.

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 1st Bowman Chrome #BCP33 Rookie Card RC GEM MINT

125 bids – Price: $249.99 – Watchers: 304

Item #264370291503

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 1st 2019 Bowman Paper #BP33 Mariners Rookie RC GEM MINT

142 bids – Price: $199.99 – Watchers: 174

Item #264797728452

2019 Bowman Draft Julio Rodriguez RC #BD-60 MGS Graded 10 MGS Gem MINT Rookie

160 bids – Price: $25.00 – Watchers: 172

Item #304440579522

JULIO RODRIGUEZ Chrome Prspct Auto Refractor #242/499 PSA 10 GEM MT 2019 Bowman

63 bids – Price: $3,850.00 – Watchers: 169

Item #265758671737

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 1ST BOWMAN PROSPECTS RC MARINERS GEM 10 AUTO BECKETT 207165

48 bids – Price: $199.00 – Watchers: 149

Item #374183585657

2019 Bowman PROSPECTS Julio Rodriguez RC #BP-33 MGS Graded 10 MGS Gem MINT FIRST

113 bids – Price: $60.00 – Watchers: 145

Item #304448473503

2019 Bowman Chrome Prospects Julio Rodriguez Auto 1st Bowman #CPA-JRO Nrmt

26 bids – Price: $450.00 – Watchers: 129

Item #204043660714

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman 1st TRUE ROOKIE CARD RC Seattle Mariners $$ HOT $$

81 bids – Price: $79.99 – Watchers: 124

Item #163838037282

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Chrome Draft Mariners Rookie Card RC GEM MINT

108 bids – Price: $229.99 – Watchers: 118

Item #264799806555

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2020 BOWMAN DRAFT Topps 1ST GRADED 10 ROOKIE CARD RC MARINERS

77 bids – Price: $39.99 – Watchers: 114

Item #115367414051

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps Series 2 1987 35th Anniversary Rookie RC On Card Auto

28 bids – Price: $476.00 – Watchers: 113

Item #265795248298

2022 The National Convention Topps Bowman Chrome Julio Rodriguez Rookie RC SP

24 bids – Price: $122.50 – Watchers: 100

Item #295115583709

2019 Bowman Chrome JULIO RODRIGUEZ Rookie ~REFRACTOR AUTO AUTOGRAPH /499 – MINT!

24 bids – Price: $1,675.00 – Watchers: 100

Item #204047258543

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect RC AUTO BGS 9.5/10 TRUE QUAD GEM

21 bids – Price: $1,350.00 – Watchers: 94

Item #265795383172

2020 Bowman Chrome Prospects Julio Rodriguez RC #BCP19 Graded 10 MGS Gem MINT

117 bids – Price: $25.00 – Watchers: 93

Item #304404856410

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Draft ROOKIE CARD RC Mariners Top Prospect $$ HOT $$

81 bids – Price: $49.99 – Watchers: 92

Item #164587638789

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ AUTO 2019 Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie Card RC GEM MINT

7 bids – Price: $3,299.99 – Watchers: 84

Item #264397364942

2019 Julio Rodriguez Bowman Chrome 1st Auto “JROD SHOW” Speckle Refractor #/299

37 bids – Price: $405.00 – Watchers: 82

Item #284904149597

2022 Topps National Convention NSCC 1952 RC Julio Rodriguez Rookie 2021 Chrome !

14 bids – Price: $36.79 – Watchers: 80

Item #295115666854

2021 Julio Rodriguez Bowman Top Prospect Rookie Card RC Seattle Mariners BD-145

202 bids – Price: $2.99 – Watchers: 79

Item #175356220476

2022 Topps Series 2 #659 Julio Rodriguez RC Rookie Card SP PSA 10 Pop 14!

18 bids – Price: $1,025.00 – Watchers: 75

Item #204047426042

Julio Rodriguez Rookie RC SSP 2022 Topps x MLB Players Exclusive Promo Mariners

13 bids – Price: $152.50 – Watchers: 74

Item #255645170988

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Chrome Mega Box Mojo Refractor RC GEM MINT

46 bids – Price: $359.99 – Watchers: 74

Item #264424749497

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps Series 2 Image Variation SP RC #659 Seattle Mariners

19 bids – Price: $320.00 – Watchers: 71

Item #325276489722

JULIO RODRIGUEZ Chrome Prspct Auto Refractor #164/499 PSA 10 GEM MT 2019 Bowman

21 bids – Price: $2,222.00 – Watchers: 70

Item #284909972600

2021 Bowman’s Best JULIO RODRIGUEZ AUTO GOLD REFRACTOR /50 PSA 10 DNA 10 Pop 1

25 bids – Price: $1,475.00 – Watchers: 68

Item #255640739360

2022 Topps Definitive Julio Rodriguez Green Rookie RC Auto Autograph /25

25 bids – Price: $610.00 – Watchers: 66

Item #284907925355

2020 Bowman Draft Julio Rodriguez #BD-188 Seattle Mariners – Free Shipping

195 bids – Price: $4.00 – Watchers: 64

Item #133840356575

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 1ST BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECTS RC GEM 10 AUTO BECKETT 207164

23 bids – Price: $299.00 – Watchers: 63

Item #354177740864

2019 Bowman Chrome Mega Box Julio Rodriguez 1st Rookie RC #33 Mariners READ

18 bids – Price: $102.50 – Watchers: 62

Item #175357167247

Julio Rodriguez 2019 bowman chrome Non auto 1st bowman Mega box refractor PSA 10

52 bids – Price: $314.99 – Watchers: 62

Item #134178453956

2019 Bowman Chrome Julio Rodriguez Aqua Shimmer Refractor 37/125 PSA 10

76 bids – Price: $685.00 – Watchers: 62

Item #165593133990

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 1st Bowman Chrome RC Mega Box MOJO REFRACTOR #BCP-33

29 bids – Price: $207.50 – Watchers: 61

Item #295111920942

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps Series 2 #659 RC Variation SP Rookie Mariners

8 bids – Price: $300.00 – Watchers: 61

Item #304576772982

2019 Bowman Chrome Speckle Refractor Julio Rodriguez RC Rookie 286/299 PSA 10

18 bids – Price: $294.00 – Watchers: 60

Item #374185826717

2022 Topps Series 2 Julio Rodriguez RC Auto ’87 Design Seattle Mariners

27 bids – Price: $475.00 – Watchers: 59

Item #314084095975

2019 Bowman Sterling JULIO RODRIGUEZ Gold Refractor Auto #07/50 Rookie Prospect

18 bids – Price: $650.00 – Watchers: 56

Item #325279501923

JULIO RODRIGUEZ RC 2022 TOPPS ’87 THROWBACK ON CARD ROOKIE AUTO SP 176/199

14 bids – Price: $579.00 – Watchers: 57

Item #175359286069

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Chrome SPECKLE REFRACTOR #/299 RC GEM MINT

2 bids – Price: $1,499.99 – Watchers: 57

Item #265185466544

2019 Bowman Chrome Prospect Julio Rodriguez 1st Seattle Mariners RC Rookie QTY

15 bids – Price: $49.99 – Watchers: 56

Item #185510108377

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ AUTO 2019 Bowman Chrome PURPLE REFRACTOR /250 RC GEM MINT

1 bids – Price: $8,299.99 – Watchers: 56

Item #264845964794

2019 Bowman 1st Chrome Mega Box JULIO RODRIGUEZ Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT Mojo

25 bids – Price: $149.50 – Watchers: 55

Item #125427624173

2019 Bowman Julio Rodriguez RC MEGA BOX Chrome Gold ROY? NM/MINT Ready To Grade

38 bids – Price: $487.00 – Watchers: 54

Item #385028366108

2019 Bowman Chrome Julio Rodriguez Gold Shimmer Refractor /50 BGS 9.5 #BCP-33 RC

26 bids – Price: $720.00 – Watchers: 54

Item #304572258927

2021 Bowman Draft #BD-145 Julio Rodriguez RC Rookie Card Graded 10 MGS Gem MINT

65 bids – Price: $25.00 – Watchers: 54

Item #304457765330

2019 Bowman JULIO RODRIGUEZ PSA 10 1st Bowman Chrome; BCP33 Mariners Rookie

9 bids – Price: $169.69 – Watchers: 53

Item #314081296599

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 1st 2019 Bowman Chrome PURPLE REFRACTOR #/250 RC GEM MINT

2 bids – Price: $1,699.99 – Watchers: 52

Item #265636912139

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 LEAF ROOKIE CARD #ST-19! SEATTLE MARINERS

116 bids – Price: $8.95 – Watchers: 52

Item #193710753816

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Chrome Draft REFRACTOR Rookie RC GEM MINT

39 bids – Price: $399.99 – Watchers: 51

Item #264799806923

2019 Bowman Chrome Julio Rodriguez 1st Card Rookie PSA 10 Gem Mint Mariners HOT!

37 bids – Price: $135.00 – Watchers: 50

Item #134182886266

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps X MLB Players Exclusive Baseball Promo Card #47

7 bids – Price: $147.50 – Watchers: 50

Item #175361592835

2019 Bowman Chrome 1st Julio Rodriguez Mega Box Mojo Refractor Mariners BCP-33

9 bids – Price: $22.50 – Watchers: 50

Item #304574192716

🚨RED SAPPHIRE 2021 Topps Chrome Update Sapphire Alec Bohm Rookie Auto /5 #RA-AB

22 bids – Price: $103.06 – Watchers: 49

Item #354186118605

PSA 10 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman Chrome Draft SAPPHIRE REFRACTOR RC GEM MINT

9 bids – Price: $649.99 – Watchers: 49

Item #265207197274

JUAN SOTO 2019 TOPPS GYPSY QUEEN FORTUNE TELLER ON CARD AUTO SSP 19/50 RARE HOT!

18 bids – Price: $93.00 – Watchers: 48

Item #234634321355

2021 Topps Inception Julio Rodriguez Bowman Silver Signings Autograph 28/99 SSP

18 bids – Price: $76.00 – Watchers: 48

Item #255644836275

2019 Bowman Sterling Julio Rodriguez RC Rookie AUTO Seattle Mariners

32 bids – Price: $205.00 – Watchers: 47

Item #385020579150

JULIO RODRIGUEZ PSA 10 2019 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT 1ST MEGA BOX REFRACTOR 2732

13 bids – Price: $29.00 – Watchers: 47

Item #185512437101

2021 Bowman’s Best JULIO RODRIGUEZ AUTO GOLD REFRACTOR /50 PSA 10 DNA 10 Pop 1/1

17 bids – Price: $610.00 – Watchers: 47

Item #314085190956

2019 Leaf Flash Julio Rodriguez PSA 10 Blue Auto 4/50

22 bids – Price: $213.50 – Watchers: 46

Item #325278137301

2019 Bowman Chrome Heritage 53PA-JR JULIO RODRIGUEZ Prospects Auto

25 bids – Price: $224.50 – Watchers: 46

Item #385024904280

Julio Rodriguez Art Magnet seattle mariners rookie refrigerator jersey rc

72 bids – Price: $7.95 – Watchers: 46

Item #125395830399

2019 Bowman Chrome #BCP33 Julio Rodriguez Auto Autograph RC PSA/DNA Authentic

10 bids – Price: $113.50 – Watchers: 45

Item #374188099823

2019 Bowman Chrome Mega Box Julio Rodriguez Mariners RC Rookie PSA 10 GEM MINT

26 bids – Price: $167.19 – Watchers: 43

Item #275399439090

2022 Topps Series 2 – JULIO RODRIGUEZ SP RC Rookie #659- PSA 10 🔥⚾️

1 bids – Price: $999.00 – Watchers: 43

Item #225084500644

2019 Bowman Sterling Julio Rodriguez RC Rookie AUTOGRAPH auto

24 bids – Price: $181.50 – Watchers: 43

Item #115476058319

Julio Rodriguez 2019 1ST Bowman SSP Purple Refractor 013/250 & regular BP-33

21 bids – Price: $100.99 – Watchers: 42

Item #134179024526

Jim Thome 2022 MLB Topps Definitive 1/1 Patch-Auto RARE One of One!

8 bids – Price: $131.50 – Watchers: 42

Item #275399141117

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2022 TOPPS NOW MLB 1ST GRADED 10 ROOKIE CARD RC #17 MARINERS

40 bids – Price: $79.99 – Watchers: 42

Item #394061252464

Damaged 2022 Topps Series 2 JULIO RODRIGUEZ Rookie Card Short Print #659 DAMAGED

4 bids – Price: $137.49 – Watchers: 40

Item #165593974238

JULIO RODRIGUEZ PSA 10 2019 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT 1ST MEGA BOX REFRACTOR 2734

26 bids – Price: $76.00 – Watchers: 40

Item #175362069570

JULIO RODRIGUEZ PSA 10 2019 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT 1ST MEGA BOX REFRACTOR 2731

23 bids – Price: $29.00 – Watchers: 40

Item #185512437039

2022 TOPPS SERIES 2 JULIO RODRIGUEZ RC 1987 ON CARD AUTO #87BA-JRO * MINT *

5 bids – Price: $337.00 – Watchers: 40

Item #185516069552

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2021 Bowman ROOKIE CARD RC Seattle Mariners Top Prospect $ HOT $

30 bids – Price: $24.99 – Watchers: 40

Item #165576547043

Julio Rodriguez PSA 10 auto Rookie 2019 Bowman Draft

35 bids – Price: $305.00 – Watchers: 39

Item #265793672001

2022 Topps Series 2 JULIO RODRIGUEZ RC ROOKIE SP PHOTO VARIATION #659 Mariners

8 bids – Price: $295.00 – Watchers: 39

Item #304572250061

2019 Bowman Chrome 1st Julio Rodriguez Refractor /499 PSA 9 MINT!

12 bids – Price: $305.00 – Watchers: 39

Item #284906684095

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2020 BOWMAN CHROME SUMMER CAMP AUTO /100 SC-17 ROOKIE RC SSP!

23 bids – Price: $167.50 – Watchers: 39

Item #255643342288

2017 TOPPS CHROME GOLD REFRACTOR CODY BELLINGER ROOKIE CARD AUTO SP RC 1/50

16 bids – Price: $77.00 – Watchers: 39

Item #134181392938

2019 Bowman Chrome JULIO RODRIGUEZ 1st Prospect Rookie Card #BCP-33 Mariners

12 bids – Price: $46.00 – Watchers: 38

Item #225087528752

2020 LEAF TRINITY JULIO RODRIGUEZ ROOKIE AUTO 3 COLOR PATCH MARINERS. BEAUTIFUL!

9 bids – Price: $147.50 – Watchers: 38

Item #314084857580

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2022 Bowman ROOKIE CARD RC Seattle Mariners Top Prospect $ HOT $

30 bids – Price: $24.99 – Watchers: 38

Item #165573384335

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps Series 2 Image Variation SP RC #659 Seattle Mariners

6 bids – Price: $305.00 – Watchers: 37

Item #385027932270

2019 Bowman Chrome Mega Box JULIO RODRIGUEZ PURPLE Refractor RC 091/250 BGS 9.5

20 bids – Price: $305.00 – Watchers: 37

Item #115474285234

2019 Bowman Julio Rodriguez Rc #BD-60 CSG 10 C4759

25 bids – Price: $39.99 – Watchers: 37

Item #134136915067

64734363 JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2021 Bowman’s Best Lava Refractor RC Auto 33/50 PSA 9

33 bids – Price: $305.00 – Watchers: 37

Item #155092857979

2019 Bowman Chrome Mega Box Gold Refractor Julio Rodriguez RC 47/50 PSA 9 MINT

19 bids – Price: $480.00 – Watchers: 37

Item #385029795102

JULIO RODRIGUEZ AUTOGRAPHED 2019 BOWMAN CHROME DRAFT RC MARINERS BECKETT 206514

15 bids – Price: $159.00 – Watchers: 37

Item #374183585144

2019 Bowman Chrome #BCP33 Julio Rodriguez Auto Autograph RC PSA/DNA Authentic

13 bids – Price: $108.50 – Watchers: 36

Item #204048593161

2022 Bowman Sapphire Julio Rodriguez Red Refractor /10 Chrome Rookie RC BCP-45

20 bids – Price: $530.00 – Watchers: 36

Item #225086467750

JULIO RODRIGUEZ PSA 10 2019 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT 1ST MEGA BOX REFRACTOR 2733

9 bids – Price: $36.00 – Watchers: 36

Item #175362069482

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps Series 2 #87BA-JRO 1987 Black Rookie Auto #130/199 RC

1 bids – Price: $500.00 – Watchers: 36

Item #295112101543

2019 BOWMAN BASEBALL SEALED HOBBY BOX | 1 AUTO POSS JULIO RODRIGUEZ, FRANCO RCs

23 bids – Price: $701.00 – Watchers: 35

Item #185509173484

2019 Bowman Chrome 1st Julio Rodriguez Mega Box Mojo Refractor Mariners BCP-33

9 bids – Price: $20.50 – Watchers: 35

Item #295110109005

JULIO RODRIGUEZ 2019 Bowman CHROME ROOKIE CARD RC Mariners Top Prospect $ HOT $

18 bids – Price: $99.99 – Watchers: 35

Item #164559195181

2021 Julio Rodriguez Atomic Refractor Bowman’s Best SP RC Rookie Mariners #49

9 bids – Price: $61.00 – Watchers: 34

Item #275396375573

2019 Bowman Chrome #33 JULIO RODRIGUEZ RC PSA 10 non auto Mariners Rookie

45 bids – Price: $316.99 – Watchers: 34

Item #134178454986

Julio Rodriguez PSA 10 auto Rookie 2019 Bowman Draft

57 bids – Price: $410.00 – Watchers: 34

Item #265793671794

Julio Rodriguez 2022 Topps Series 2 1987 35th Anniversary Rookie RC On Card Auto

2 bids – Price: $599.00 – Watchers: 34

Item #134181321676

2021 Bowman’s Best Julio Rodriguez Prospect Auto #B21-JR Mariners

7 bids – Price: $136.50 – Watchers: 34

Item #155084955283

About Brendan Cross

Brendan Cross is a freelance journalist with a degree from San Jose State. A lifelong sports fanatic, his love of cards really blossomed in 2012 with the first release of Panini Prizm. He’s been hooked ever since, and he loves writing about it.

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