Fernando Tatis Jr. Signed Rookie Card Graded Gem Mint 9.5 Auctions for $101K

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 23, 2020

San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (23) in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, Aug 16, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Fernando Tatis Jr. is making noise on the diamond with an MVP-caliber season at 21 years old.

He's also making noise in the trading card world.

A 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects signed rookie card of the San Diego Padres star just went for $101,000 at an auction Sunday.

Per Goldin Auctions, the card had a starting bid of $15,000 and received 14 bids before the lot closed. 

"Encapsulated and graded GEM MINT 9.5 by BGS, with signature graded "10" by Beckett. Rookie Card. This Bowman Chrome collectible showcases the San Diego Padres' young shortstop who has scripted a bold blue signature on the obverse. The card's BGS condition report: Centering: 9.5, Corners: 9, Edges: 10, Surface: 9.5. A logo on the card's front declares, "Certified Autograph Issue," attesting to the authenticity of the signature and serving as Topps' COA."

The card was given a 9.5/10 gem mint grade and is one of just five in the series. This card was labeled 3/5.

Tatis is in the midst of a sensational 2020 season, batting .313/.389/.696 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI. He also made national headlines by breaking one of baseball's unwritten rules in hitting a grand slam off Texas Rangers pitcher Juan Nicasio in a 3-0 count Monday night.