Top Elly De La Cruz Cards Ahead of His Rookie Cards

Collect the best Elly De La Cruz cards and autographs before his official MLB rookie cards with a look at his top cards available now. 


Thanks to the scintillating start to his Major League Baseball career, collectors are more than ready for the Elly De La Cruz rookie cards. Unfortunately, the waiting continues a bit longer, but there are still many cards to grab now, including several key Elly De La Cruz cards.

The young phenom signed with the Cincinnati Reds in 2018 as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic. Notable accomplishments in his young MLB career include hitting for the cycle (June 23) and stealing second, third and home in the same inning (July 8).

Despite making his MLB debut on June 6, 2023, it appears that the official Elly De La Cruz rookie cards will not arrive until 2024 (likely in 2024 Topps Series 1 Baseball).

This is supported by Topps’ “CALL-UP” notation on his print-to-order cards that have been issued since his first Major League Baseball game.

However, the budding superstar has plenty of cards available to keep fans busy until the rookie cards arrive. This includes releases in 2021, 2022 and 2023 baseball card sets.

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Check out some of his best Elly De La Cruz cards available now in the guide below.

Let us know in the comments if you have any other favorites.

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2021 Panini Elite Extra Edition Elly De La Cruz #163 #/999

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The earliest Elly De La Cruz card of note is found in 2021 Elite Extra Edition Baseball. While he has multiple base parallels, De La Cruz does not have autographs. He’s also in the Pulse insert.

2021 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Signing Sessions Elly De La Cruz #SS-EL

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That signature void was filled initially by 2021 Prizm Draft Picks Baseball, which just edged out 2022 Bowman as the first Elly De La Cruz autograph card. This Signing Sessions card is his only option in the product.

2022 Bowman Chrome Prospects Elly De La Cruz #BCP-50

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Speaking of Bowman, the key prospect card for many collectors is the De La Cruz “1st Bowman” card in 2022 Bowman Baseball. The set boasts multiple paper and Chrome Prospects versions, with cards to fit all budgets.

In addition to the paper and Chrome Refractor parallels, those wanting more have his Chrome Mojo cards in 2022 Bowman Mega Box Baseball and 1st Edition cards in 2022 Bowman First Edition Baseball.

2022 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Elly De La Cruz #CPA-ED

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2022 Bowman Baseball also features the on-card Chrome Prospect Autograph for De La Cruz. This card is a heavy favorite in the hobby due to the brand power of 1st Bowman autographs. The base version is joined by several Refractors numbered to 499 or less.

Of course, the rare Refractor parallels tend to produce the biggest sales of his cards.

2022 Bowman Chrome Sapphire Elly De La Cruz #BCP-50

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Yet another iteration of the 1st Bowman card for Elly De La Cruz, 2022 Bowman Sapphire Edition Baseball goes with a blue base version and a few low-numbered parallels.

2022 Bowman Chrome Sapphire Autographs Elly De La Cruz

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The De La Cruz autograph in the Bowman Sapphire is another appealing card for fans to check out. This hard-signed blue card adds six colorful parallels numbered to 99 or less.

2022 Bowman Inception Prospect Autographs Elly De La Cruz

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Bowman Chrome tends to get most of the fanfare, but Elly De La Cruz cards are found in several other Bowman brands. With 2022 Bowman Inception Baseball, his distinct base card (#100) notes “1st Initiation” and the similar-looking prospect autograph, numbered to 200 copies, is hard-signed. He also has an autograph dual relic card with a sticker signature.

2022 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Elly De La Cruz #PA-ED

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2022 Bowman Sterling Baseball can be a more affordable chromium purchase in comparison to Bowman Chrome. For De La Cruz, there are base cards (#BSP-69) and on-card autographs along with Refractor parallels.

2022 Bowman’s Best Best of 2022 Autographs Elly De La Cruz #B22-EDL

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If you prefer something with a little more pop in the design department, 2022 Bowman’s Best Baseball is worth a look. De La Cruz is in Top Prospects, Bowman UFO and Prospective Royalty sets as well as the on-card Best of 2022 Autographs line.

The autograph was originally released as a redemption, but live cards are showing up.

2022 Donruss Optic Rated Prospect Signatures Elly De La Cruz #RPS-EC

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Playing off the popular Rated Rookie series, 2022 Donruss Optic Baseball features Elly De La Cruz autographs in Rated Prospect Signatures.

Once again, parallels like the Mojo edition (#/49), shown below, command high prices.

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