2022 Topps Series 2 Valuable Cards & Best Rookies to Watch For

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June 9th Update: In a surprise move, Topps has in fact included short print rookie cards of Spencer Torkelson (#658), Julio Rodriguez (#659), and Bobby Witt Jr (#660). Here is a tweet from @LLSportsCards to confirm Spencer Torkelson:

Here is Bobby Witt on eBay (affiliate link):

2022 Topps Series 2 has launched, and with the release, checklist anticipation and chatter has been flooding social media and top sports card forums.

Read More: Bobby Witt Card Values

Unfortunately, the many who were hoping to see today’s young stars – like a Julio Rodriguez rookie card, Bobby Witt Jr., Jeremy Pena, and others – make their flagship rookie a reality, are now left disappointed, and already looking forward to Topps Update.

But with that said, always keep this in mind—was a Taylor Ward rookie card the talk of the town in 2019? And while that’s just the most recent example of a sneaky name stealing the RC headlines recently, there are countless examples over the years of players who had an under the radar flagship release, only to have their cards catch fire at some point, and even years after.

Not to mention that while Witt and Rodriguez don’t have base flagship rookies, they each have autos on the 1987 checklist, which look spectacular, and will surely be nice chase cards for anyone looking to get in on the ripping action.

Besides all of that, can I interest you in Juan Yepez or perhaps O’Neil Cruz? (Skip to the end for more rookies to keep an eye on. And if you want something in video form, here is a nice breakdown from Kyle at Let’s Talk Wax:)

So, again, while this list of 2022 Topps Series 2 Rookies isn’t met with the shining stars we all were hoping for, let’s face it, many of us are still going to buy the product. And with your purchase, while it might be easy to cast aside most of the names below, don’t be so quick to give up on some of them proving to be valuable at some point down the line.

Most Valuable Cards in 2022 Topps Series Two

With nearly a month since it was released, let’s take a look at some of the most valuable 2022 Series 2 cards that have been pulled to date, according to eBay. Please note many of these cards have variations, which won’t all be listed here. This also is not including 1/1s.

Mike Trout1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Wander FrancoMascot HeadFor SaleSold
Julio Rodriguez1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Bobby Witt1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Fernando TatisMascot HeadFor SaleSold
Oneil Cruz1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Wander Franco1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Tatis/OhtaniDual AutoFor SaleSold
Shohei Ohtani1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Tatis/SotoDual AutoFor SaleSold
Derek Jeter
Reverence Patch Auto
For SaleSold
Julio RodriguezSP RCFor SaleSold
Babe Ruth
Home Field Advantage
For SaleSold
Joey VottoMascot HeadFor SaleSold
Shohei Ohtani
Silver Slugger Auto
For SaleSold
Shohei Ohtani1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Oneil Cruz
Baseball Stars Auto
For SaleSold
Jackie Robinson
Home Field Advantage
For SaleSold
Fernando Tatis
Reverence Patch Auto
For SaleSold
Bryce HarperMascot HeadFor SaleSold
Oneil CruzSSP RCFor SaleSold
Derek Jeter
Silver Slugger Auto
For SaleSold
Mike Piazza
Silver Slugger Auto
For SaleSold
Roberto Clemente
SSPFor SaleSold
Derek Jeter1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Oneil CruzRC VariationsFor SaleSold
Hank Aaron
Home Field Advantage
For SaleSold
Wander Franco
Baseball Stars Auto
For SaleSold
Ted Williams
Home Field Advantage
For SaleSold
Nolan Ryan
Diamond Greats Auto
For SaleSold
Bobby WittSP RCFor SaleSold
Mike Trout
Silver Slugger Auto
For SaleSold
Shohei Ohtani
Major League Material Patch Auto
For SaleSold
Wander Franco
Home Field Advantage
For SaleSold
Mike Trout
Major League Material Patch Auto
For SaleSold
Bryce Harper1987 AutoFor SaleSold
Votto/LarkinDual AutoFor SaleSold
Yadier Molina
Batting Helmet Auto
For SaleSold
Nolan Ryan
Home Field Advantage
For SaleSold

2022 Topps Series Two Rookies List

To check out the entire 2022 Series 2 checklist, head on over to Cardboard Connection or Beckett—both of which always do an outstanding job not only covering the cards that will be included, but also provide all the info you need on odds, variations, and more.

For now, here is the recent list of 2022 Topps Series 2 Rookies for the upcoming release. It’s a sortable table, so feel free to have fun with the team name, card numbers, and more.

Card #PlayerTeam
332Jhonathan DiazLos Angeles Angels
333Nick FortesMiami Marlins
338Luis FriasArizona Diamondbacks
339Connor OvertonPittsburgh Pirates
345Seth BeerArizona Diamondbacks
360Joan AdonWashington Nationals
363Yonny HernandezTexas Rangers
367Wander FrancoTampa Bay Rays
370Jake McCarthyArizona Diamondbacks
373Ryan FeltnerColorado Rockies
387Jovani MoranMinnesota Twins
390Joe RyanMinnesota Twins
395Greg DeichmannChicago Cubs
413Kervin CastroSan Francisco Giants
418Jack LopezBoston Red Sox
421Shane BazTampa Bay Rays
422Otto LopezToronto Blue Jays
425Brian MillerMiami Marlins
430Jon HeasleyKansas City Royals
437Glenn OttoTexas Rangers
455Henry RamosArizona Diamondbacks
471Sean GuentherMiami Marlins
479Josh LoweTampa Bay Rays
480Colton WelkerColorado Rockies
495Austin WarrenLos Angeles Angels
502Mike BaumannBaltimore Orioles
506Juan YepezSt. Louis Cardinals
509Spencer StriderAtlanta Braves
516Stephen RidingsNew York Yankees
517Maos DiplanBaltimore Orioles
521Cooper CriswellLos Angeles Angels
524Connor SeaboldBoston Red Sox
526Alfonso RivasChicago Cubs
536Mark KolozsvaryCincinnati Reds
537Oneil CruzPittsburgh Pirates
540Packy NaughtonLos Angeles Angels
541Elvis PegueroLos Angeles Angels
543Roansy ContrerasPittsburgh Pirates
546TJ FriedlCincinnati Reds
547A.J. AlexyTexas Rangers
554Oliver OrtegaLos Angeles Angels
559Angel ZerpaKansas City Royals
561Matt BrashSeattle Mariners
566Edward CabreraMiami Marlins
586Ryan ViladeColorado Rockies
594Janson JunkLos Angeles Angels
595Romy GonzalezChicago White Sox
599Jose SiriHouston Astros
611Payton HenryMiami Marlins
619Reiver SanmartinCincinnati Reds
623Jacob RobsonDetroit Tigers
636Kevin SmithToronto Blue Jays
641Charlie BarnesMinnesota Twins
642Hans CrousePhiladelphia Phillies
645Kutter CrawfordBoston Red Sox
649Yohel PozoTexas Rangers
658Justin BruihlLos Angeles Dodgers
658Spencer Torkelson SPDetroit Tigers
659Julio Rodriguez SPSeattle Mariners
660Bobby Witt Jr.Kansas City Royals

Which Are the Best 2022 Series 2 Rookies?

So while we don’t have many of the big and anticipated names, which players might be good to pop into at least a penny sleeve?

Juan Yepez

Not only is his caliber of play make this an interesting card to hold, Yepez doesn’t have a ton of cards already out there like some of his peers. As a result, you’ve seen his Donruss rookies perform pretty well (I sold a Career Stat Line /274 RC for $18 after buying it – and thinking I overpaid for it at $7.50).

O’Neil Cruz

Cruz is also an interesting case, but for different reasons. One, he already has a large number of Bowman Chrome cards, including his 1st Bowman chrome all the way back in 2016 (which famously misspelled his first name as O’Neal). Two, Cruz already had a RC in Topps Heritage. And three, going against what many thought to be the case coming into the season, Cruz hasn’t yet been called up to the Pirates.

Wander Franco

Wait, say what? Yes, while we all rushed to check out the 2022 Topps Series 1 list of valuable cards to find a Wander Franco RC, the young star will also be included in Series 2. Of course, this isn’t a “flagship” or major rookie card release for Franco (considering he wasn’t only in the Series 1 base set, but a number of subset cards).

As Beckett Hobby Editor Ryan Cracknell pointed out on Twitter, this will be a combo card for Franco, and some other guy you might have heard of.

Other Mentions

In addition to those named above, here are a few others to keep an eye on:

  • Joe Ryan
  • Shane Baz
  • Seth Beer
  • Josh Lowe
  • Jose Siri

shane baz topps baseball card

So, as always, happy ripping! And, don’t be so quick to give up on a player. The question I always ask my self is, does it make sense to go through the trouble of selling a card for $1 or just hold on to in with the hopes that he catches fire some time in the future?

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