Like the player himself, Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards have only been around for a few years, but they’ve made a huge impact on the hobby in that time.

Not a surprising situation when you consider that Tatis signed as an amateur free agent at just 16 years of age (in 2015) and was in the majors within a few months after his 20th birthday.

And, not only did Tatis make The Show for good in 2019, he stepped in as the starting shortstop for the San Diego Padres on Opening Day and put together a fairly monstrous rookie season: .317, 22 home runs, 53 RBI, 16 SB, .969 OPS in just 84 games played.

That truncated showing was due to a back injury in August that ended his debut, but he was so good while he was in the lineup that he still finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting (behind Pete Alonso and Mike Soroka).

Collectors took notice and drove Tatis’ rookie cards toward the top of hobby hot lists. Of course, as with Aaron Judge and other recent stars, El Niño had already been the subject of a slew of prospect-type cards before his official RCs ever hit the market in 2019.

Those early cards, like his 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects and his 2018 Leaf Draft issues, caught fire right along with the young slugger and sometimes even outpaced his rookie card in the market — even if some of them DO look funny because they show him with the White Sox (who traded him to the Pads in exchange for James Shields in 2016).

Since then, Tatis has continued to rake, mashing 59 homers in 2020 and 2021 combined, even though injuries and the pandemic teamed up to limit him to just 189 games played those two summers.

And so it is that Tatis enters his mid-20s with more homers and WAR than many players who have toiled in the majors for years or decades. It’s an exciting cocktail of talent and youth that bodes well for the future and keeps fans — and the hobby — clamoring for more.

For proof of the fervor with which collectors follow the journey of Fernando Tatis Jr. rookie cards, check out the list of the most watched of his RCs on eBay right now, below. At any given moment, it’s a snapshot of a young slugger’s hold on a captive market.

Also: Check out the rest of our series listing the Hottest Baseball Cards on eBay.

(NOTE: The section below contains affiliate links to eBay listings for the card shown.)

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2019 Topps Fernando Tatis Jr. #410 Rookie Card RC PSA 10 Gem Mint Padres

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $3.25
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 19:03
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Fernando Taits Jr 2019 Topps Heritage #517 Rookie Card PSA 10 Gem Mint RC

Watchers: 8  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $5.5
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 02:03
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FERNANDO TATIS JR MINT PADRES ROOKIE CARD #BP17 1ST RC SP 2016 BOWMAN PROSPECTS

Watchers: 8  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $1.25
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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(2) 2019 Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards RCs!

Watchers: 6  
# of Bids: 3
Current Bid: $2.26
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 02:02
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FERNANDO TATIS JR MINT PADRES ROOKIE CARD #410 1ST RC SP 2019 TOPPS SERIES 2 TWO

Watchers: 6  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 03:02
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Fernando Tatis JR. Topps Heritage Rookie Card #517

Watchers: 5  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $2
Auction Ends: 27-Feb-2024 18:02
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2016 Bowman Prospects 1st Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card RC #BCP17 AUTO

Watchers: 5  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $9.99
Auction Ends: 05-Mar-2024 23:03
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2019 Topps National Baseball Card Day Fernando Tatis Jr #SDP-6 RC Rookie Padres

Watchers: 4  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $15
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 07:02
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2019 Topps Series 2 FERNANDO TATIS JR. Rookie Card RC #410 San Diego Padres

Watchers: 4  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 03-Mar-2024 01:03
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FERNANDO TATIS JR MINT PADRES ROOKIE CARD #BP17 1ST RC SP 2016 BOWMAN PROSPECTS

Watchers: 4  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 03:03
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FERNANDO TATIS JR MINT PADRES ROOKIE CARD #410 1ST RC SP 2019 TOPPS SERIES 2 TWO

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 03:03
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2018 TOPPS SERIES 2 FERNANDO TATIS JR #410 ROOKIE CARD SAN DIEGO PADRES RC

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 03-Mar-2024 20:03
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Fernando Tatis Jr. ROOKIE CARD 💎 2019 Topps X 💎 RARE! RC GRADED PSA 10

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $38.95
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 02:02
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2019 Topps Series 2 FERNANDO TATIS JR. Rookie Card RC #410 San Diego Padres

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 03-Mar-2024 01:03
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2017 Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor FERNANDO TATIS RC Card PSA 9

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 04-Mar-2024 09:03
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FERNANDO TATIS JR MINT PADRES ROOKIE CARD #BD-71 1ST RC SP 2017 BOWMAN PROSPECTS

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 04:02
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Fernando Tatis Jr 2019 ROOKIE Stadium Club Chrome Refractor Gold Minted Card

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $300
Auction Ends: 29-Feb-2024 00:02
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2019 Topps Holiday * FERNANDO TATIS JR. BOWMAN ROOKIE CARD RC #TH-FTJ * PSA 9

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $3.99
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 01:03
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Fernando Tatis Jr 2019 Topps Finest Refractor #85 RC PSA 9 Rookie Card Padres

Watchers: 1  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $29.99
Auction Ends: 01-Mar-2024 00:03
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2019 Topps Series 2 Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card San Diego Padres Free Ship

Watchers: 1  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $4
Auction Ends: 02-Mar-2024 01:03
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2019 Stadium Club Fernando Tatis Jr Red Foil Rookie Card # 88 SP RC Rare Card

Watchers: 1  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 03-Mar-2024 04:03
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2019 Fernando Tatis Jr Bowmans Best Rookie Refractor Card #58 San Diego Padres

Watchers: 1  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $2.99
Auction Ends: 08-Mar-2024 02:03
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2024 Topps Matt Waldron Rookie Baseball Card Padres RC + Fernando Tatis Jr Bonus

Watchers: 1  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 03-Mar-2024 01:03
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2019 Topps Gallery Luis Arraez/Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Cards

Watchers: 1  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $1
Auction Ends: 28-Feb-2024 04:02
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