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.

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

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2019 Topps Chrome Fernando Tatis Jr Prism Refractor Rookie Card RC #203 PSA 10

Watchers: 40  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $162.5
Auction Ends: 01-Dec-2022 02:12
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2019 Topps Heritage Fernando Tatis Jr. Purple Chrome Rookie Card #517! PSA 10!

Watchers: 23  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $127.5
Auction Ends: 05-Dec-2022 01:12
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2019 Topps Chrome FERNANDO TATIS JR. RC Rookie Card PSA 10 GEM MNT

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $16.5
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 20:12
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FERNANDO TATIS JR 2019 Topps Series 2 Baseball ROOKIE RC Card #410 PADRES

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $4.25
Auction Ends: 30-Nov-2022 00:11
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2019 Topps Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Card RC #410 PSA 6 EX-MT Padres

Watchers: 14  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $1.25
Auction Ends: 01-Dec-2022 02:12
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2019 Topps #410 Fernando Tatis Jr. PSA 10 GEM MT Mint Rookie Card Rc

Watchers: 12  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $29
Auction Ends: 01-Dec-2022 00:12
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FERNANDO TATIS JR 2019 Panini Optic RC ORANGE PRIZM #26/99 Rookie Card #84

Watchers: 10  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $11.5
Auction Ends: 03-Dec-2022 02:12
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2019 Chronicles Fernando Tatis Jr Ascension Rookie Card RC #3 PSA 9 Padres

Watchers: 6  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $5.75
Auction Ends: 01-Dec-2022 02:12
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(6) FERNANDO TATIS JR 2019 Topps Fire Baseball ROOKIE RC Card Lot #157 PADRES

Watchers: 6  
# of Bids: 4
Current Bid: $6.5
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 23:11
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2018 Bowman Mega Box Chrome Trending Fernando Tatis Jr. PSA 9MINT (ROOKIE CARD)

Watchers: 5  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $1.04
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 05:12
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Fernando Tatis Jr PSA 9 MT 2016 Bowman Prospects 1st Rookie Card #BP17 RC Padres

Watchers: 5  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $19.99
Auction Ends: 03-Dec-2022 01:12
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Fernando Tatis Jr 2019 Bowman's Best Rookie On Card Auto Refractor PSA 9

Watchers: 5  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $235
Auction Ends: 03-Dec-2022 22:12
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2019 Topps Gallery Green Fernando Tatis Jr. Rookie Card SSP 38/99 Minty

Watchers: 4  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $50
Auction Ends: 03-Dec-2022 00:12
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2019 Topps Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Card RC #410 PSA 9 Padres MINT

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $10
Auction Ends: 02-Dec-2022 04:12
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2019 Topps 150th Anniv Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie RC Card 410 BGS 10 PRISTINE

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $99
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 00:12
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2019 Topps Chrome Update Fernando Tatis Jr Rookie Debut #54 Rookie Card RC

Watchers: 3  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $8.5
Auction Ends: 29-Nov-2022 15:11
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Fernando Tatis Jr. 2019 Topps Series Two #410 Rookie Card AG648

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 2
Current Bid: $2
Auction Ends: 05-Dec-2022 03:12
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(3) 2019 Topps Baseball Fernando Tatis Jr. TRUE RC #410 PSA 9 MINT ROOKIE CARD

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $9.99
Auction Ends: 06-Dec-2022 02:12
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2020 Topps Series 1 Fernando Tatis Jr. #168 PSA 10 Gem Mint Rookie Cup Card

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 05-Dec-2022 02:12
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FERNANDO TATIS, JR. RC 2018-20 3 CARD ROOKIE LOT W/ TITAN SILVER

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.1
Auction Ends: 01-Dec-2022 00:12
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FERNANDO TATIS JR - 2019 Topps Update #US56 - PSA 10 Gem Mint ROOKIE CARD Padres

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $22.99
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 02:12
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Multi Year… Fernando Tatis Jr. Lot #2. (15 Cards)

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 14:12
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Multi Year… Fernando Tatis Jr. Lot #3. (15 Cards)

Watchers: 2  
# of Bids: 0
Current Bid: $0.99
Auction Ends: 04-Dec-2022 14:12
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