Are Juan Soto rookie cards among the most popular buys in the whole hobby?

Well, yeah … but what else would you expect from a guy with nearly 100 home runs and 18 WAR before his 23rd birthday, as well as a growing reputation as maybe the best all-around hitter in the game?

But the hobby love affair with La Fiera began well before he ever even stepped foot on a major league diamond, thanks to a quick start in the minors and the current baseball card landscape.

To wit, Soto signed as an amateur free agent with the Washington Nationals in July of 2015, when he was just 16 years old, then made his pro debut the next summer, hitting .368 in Rookie and Low-A ball.

Topps (via its Bowman line) and Panini celebrated his arrival with an array of prospect cards that found an immediate home among prospecting collectors and Nats diehards.

In his 2017 follow-on, the youngster continued to hit, raking at a .351 clip in 32 games, still on the lower rungs of the minor league ladder.

Though it was an abbreviated showing, Soto was the subject of several 2017 baseball cards (more Bowmans, mostly).

And then, in 2018, Soto found his power stroke and hit the “up” button on the elevator of his career.

Beginning at High-A Potomac, the budding slugger made stops at Double-A and Triple-A en route to a .362/14 HR/52 RBI line … in just 39 games!

Based on that rocket-launch of a performance, the Nationals promoted Soto to the bigs, and he made his debut on May 20, 2018. In 116 games with Washington, the rookie hit .292 with 22 home runs and 70 RBI, good for 3 WAR and a second-place finish in National League Rookie of the Year award balloting (behind only Ronald Acuna Jr.).

And he was still just 19 years old.

By stepping up to MLB, Soto also unlocked his rookie-card eligibility, with Bowman, Panini, and Topps all answering that bell.

The next season, in the wake of Bryce Harper‘s departure, Soto helped the Nats win their first-ever World Series crown and catapulted his name into every “best player in the game” conversation, right alongside luminaries like Mike Trout, Mookie Betts, and Harper, and part of a new crop of superstars that also includes Fernando Tatis Jr., Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Acuna, and others.

If Soto were able to take his defensive game up a couple notches, he might end those arguments in a hurry.

As things stand, Soto is developing into one of the greatest, most complete hitter most fans will ever see, and there seem to be few hitting accomplishments that are beyond his reach, given his talent, continued improvements, and youth.

And, of course, fans and collectors continue to eat up offensive prowess, making Soto’s first cards among the most sought-after in the entire hobby.

As evidence of that, take a look at the list below of the hottest, most watched Juan Soto rookie cards on eBay right now — and come back soon, because we update these listings frequently!

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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2018 Bowman Chrome Ronald Acuna Jr. Rookie Refractor Auto /499 PSA 10! RC MVP

Watchers: 178  
# of Bids: 35
Current Bid: $560
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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2018 Topps Chrome Update Juan Soto RC X-Fractor 22/99 PSA 10 #HMT55 Rookie

Watchers: 67  
# of Bids: 23
Current Bid: $2199
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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Juan Soto 2018 Topps Chrome Silver Pack Promo Purple Refractor /75 PSA 10 #134

Watchers: 42  
# of Bids: 31
Current Bid: $400
Auction Ends: 23-Apr-2024 00:04
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2018 Topps Heritage Chrome Juan Soto Refractor #/569 RC PSA 10 #502

Watchers: 41  
# of Bids: 14
Current Bid: $364
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 20:04
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2018 Topps Update SP Variation Juan Soto PSA 9 MINT Rookie RC

Watchers: 33  
# of Bids: 13
Current Bid: $152.5
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 01:04
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2018 Topps On Demand Dynamic Duals Ronald Acuna Jr Juan Soto PSA 10 GEM MINT RC

Watchers: 30  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $112.5
Auction Ends: 23-Apr-2024 01:04
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150+ Card Lot - HUGE Football Baseball Basketball Rookie Auto /#d Patch PSA M10

Watchers: 27  
# of Bids: 20
Current Bid: $91
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 03:04
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2018 Topps Update #US300 Juan Soto RC PSA 10/10 Auto GEM MINT “Childish Bambino”

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 29
Current Bid: $355
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 03:04
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2018 Juan Soto Panini National Treasures Rookie RC #64 Patch Auto Holo Gold /25

Watchers: 25  
# of Bids: 21
Current Bid: $405
Auction Ends: 23-Apr-2024 04:04
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2013-2014 TOPPS FIVE STAR DAVID WRIGHT AUTOGRAPH ON-CARD FLAWLESS HOLO AUTO /50

Watchers: 22  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $22.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 00:04
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Juan Soto Rookie Card PSA Gem Mint 10!!! - 2018 Topps Chrome Update - #HMT55

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $37
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 01:04
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2018 Topps Update Juan Soto Rookie Card RC #US300 PSA 10 Nationals (25)

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $22.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 02:04
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2018 Topps Heritage Juan Soto Rookie Card RC #502 PSA 10 Nationals GEM MINT

Watchers: 20  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $18.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 02:04
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2018 Topps Update Juan Soto Rookie Card RC #US300 PSA 10 Nationals

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 8
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 02:04
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2018 TOPPS SILVER PACK JUAN SOTO ROOKIE PSA 10 GEM 1983 CHROME PROMO #134 RC!!

Watchers: 19  
# of Bids: 19
Current Bid: $105.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 00:04
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2018 Topps Update Juan Soto Rookie Card RC #US300 PSA 10 Nationals GEM MINT

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $31
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 02:04
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2018 Topps 3D On Demand Motion Juan Soto M-25 RC Nationals

Watchers: 18  
# of Bids: 7
Current Bid: $57
Auction Ends: 20-Apr-2024 01:04
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2024 Topps Heritage Lot of 550 Base, RCs, NAPs, 1975 Inserts, & A Relic Card

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 1
Current Bid: $30
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 12:04
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2018 Topps Chrome Update Juan Soto Rookie HMT55 RC PSA 10 Gem Mint Nationals

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 11
Current Bid: $20.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 02:04
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Juan Soto 2018 Topps Update PSA 10 GEM MINT Rookie RC Batting # US300

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 5
Current Bid: $16.5
Auction Ends: 19-Apr-2024 22:04
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2018 Bowman's Best Baseball #29 Juan Soto Rookie Purple Refractor PSA 10 217/250

Watchers: 17  
# of Bids: 16
Current Bid: $124.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 02:04
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2018 Topps Heritage Juan Soto Rookie Card RC #502 PSA 10 Nationals GEM MINT

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $10.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 01:04
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2018 Topps Chrome Update Juan Soto Pink Refractor Rookie RC PSA 9 Yankees Padres

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 9
Current Bid: $51
Auction Ends: 23-Apr-2024 04:04
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2018 Topps Chrome Update Juan Soto Rookie Card RC #HMT55 PSA 10 GEM MINT

Watchers: 16  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $13.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 02:04
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2018 Topps Heritage Chrome Juan Soto Purple Refractor RC PSA 9 MINT

Watchers: 15  
# of Bids: 6
Current Bid: $9.5
Auction Ends: 22-Apr-2024 00:04
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