The 5 Best Jackson Holliday Baseball Cards
#1 overall draft pick. #1 rated prospect. Second generation star. These are all terms that will get fans and collectors’ attention, and in a hurry. All three of these terms refer to Jackson Holliday.
Who is Jackson Holliday? Is he the next big thing? And which Holliday cards are likely to make collectors feel like a kid on Christmas?
Who is Jackson Holliday?
19-year-old Jackson Holliday is currently ranked as the #1 prospect in the game by MLB.com. He was the 1st overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2022 June Amateur Draft, out of high school. Holliday’s $8.19 million dollar signing bonus is the highest ever for a high school draftee.
The young shortstop and second baseman is the son of former major league standout Matt Holliday. Holliday the senior was a heck of a player in his own right and will appear on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time this year. He hit 299/.379/.510 with 316 home runs over his 15-year career. He isn’t a Hall of Famer but is likely a better player than you remember. The younger Holliday has the potential to be even better.
MLB.com scouts rank Holliday’s scouting grades at:
Scouting grades: Hit: 70 | Power: 55 | Run: 60 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 70
As a reminder on scouting grades, players are graded on a 20-80 scale: 20-30 is well below average, 40 is below average, 50 is average, 60 is above average and 70-80 is well above average. Clearly, scouts rank Holliday highly.
So, he has the pedigree, the talent, and the high draft position. But how has he reacted to pro ball? And when can we expect him to make the big leagues?
Jackson Holliday’s Climb to the Majors
After being drafted in June of 2022, the 6’0, 185-pound Holliday got into 8 minor league games in the rookie league (.409/.576/.591) and 12 games at the A ball level (.238/.439/.333). While the sample sizes were small, it was promising that Holliday held his own after the aggressive placement of the 18-year-old.
Holliday was 1.8 years younger than the average player in the rookie league and 2.8 years younger than the average A ball player.
In 2023, Holliday continued his meteoric rise through the minor leagues, played across four minor league levels. He played 14 games in A ball, 57 in High-A, 36 games in AA.
As of this writing, he has played in 6 games in AAA, where he finds himself a staggering 7.3 years younger than the average player. Across all four levels, Holliday has put up a line of .326/.444/.504, an undeniably impressive showing in his age 19 season.
Assuming the Orioles, who are in a pennant race, don’t get very aggressive and bring Holliday up for a cup of coffee in the next few weeks, he’s likely to make his major league debut in 2024.
Whether he starts the year at AAA or breaks camp with the big-league team likely depends on how the last few weeks of the AAA season and spring training goes. MLB has instituted some new benefits for teams that have top rookies on their Opening Day rosters, so there’s a good chance he breaks camp with the team. If that is the case, he’s likely to have 2024 “true” rookie cards.
The Top 5 Jackson Holliday baseball cards
Despite just making his major league debut, Jackson Holliday has already appeared on a staggering 1,383 cards, according to the Trading Card Database (TCDB.com).
Any Top 5 list will be subjective, incomplete, etc. We’re sticking to base cards here, plus one autograph for good measure. We could do a Top 5 of just autographed cards, inserts, or parallels (and maybe we will – let us know if you’d like to see that).
Also, know that there is a rainbow of parallel versions available for most of these, which offer a tougher chase and higher prices.
5. 2022 Bowman Draft Jackson Holliday #BD-168
The 2022 Bowman Draft Paper offering is the base edition 1st Bowman of Jackson Holliday. The PSA population isn’t particularly high. The percentage of PSA 10s is on the higher side, so if you’re going to get one, that’s the grade to get. With prices in the $65-80 range in that grade, it’s a reasonable entry-level Holliday.
4. 2022 Bowman Draft 1st Edition Jackson Holliday #BD-168
The 1st Edition of the Bowman Draft product offers a much lower total PSA population than the other cards on the list.
Even with most of the graded copies being in PSA 10 slabs, they sell for significantly more than the base Bowman Draft offering, in the $100-125 range. If you’re a population hawk, this is an interesting option.
3. 2022 Bowman Draft Chrome Jackson Holliday #BDC-168
The 2022 Bowman Draft Chrome is the premium chromium 1st Bowman Holliday offering. The PSA population is the highest on our list, although certainly not in a troubling way with fewer than 2,100 total graded copies.
If you’re looking for just one Holliday rookie card, this is a solid option at a reasonable price point. If you’re looking for a tougher chase, there is an image variation version with Holliday in a black jersey that is a lot harder to find.
2. 2022 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Jackson Holliday #BDC-168
With a fairly low total PSA population, and fewer PSA 10s as a percentage of the total than most, this is an interesting offering. There have been no recent sales of PSA 10s on eBay, but a number of copies of PSA 10 slabs are listed in the $500 range.
1. 2022 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Pick Autographs Jackson Holliday #CDA-JH
The 1st Bowman autograph is typically a highly desirable card, and unsurprisingly, this is also true of Jackson Holliday.
The 2022 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Pick Autographs card has a PSA population below 450, with only 80 copies in PSA 10 slabs. At $500-600 in that condition, they’re far from inexpensive, but if you’re a big believer in Holliday, this is a key Holliday card.
The op 5 Jackson Holliday cards: PSA population & recent comps
|Card||Total PSA Pop||Recent Sale Pop||Recent Sale Price|
|2022 Bowman Draft Jackson Holliday #BD-168||1,630||PSA 10 = 1,019||PSA 10 = $65-80|
|2022 Bowman Draft Chrome Jackson Holliday #BDC-168||2,070||PSA 10 = 1,122||PSA 10 = $125-175|
|2022 Bowman Draft 1st Edition Jackson Holliday #BD-168||251||PSA 10 = 190||PSA 10 = $100-125|
|2022 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Jackson Holliday #BDC-168||485||PSA 10 = 109||PSA 10 = $500|
|2022 Bowman Draft Chrome Draft Pick Autographs Jackson Holliday #CDA-JH||437||PSA 10 = 80||PSA 10 = $500-600|
Other early career Jackson Holliday cards
Jackson Holliday made his first cardboard appearance in 2021, before even being drafted. This is thanks to his participation in a National Showcase for High School stars, which got him into the 2021 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase product.
He appears on a number of cards, including serial numbered and autographed cards (including a number 1/1’s), in this unlicensed and thus logo-free set.
Continuing with the unlicensed sets, Holliday appeared on lots of 2022 cards from Leaf, Panini, and Skybox Metal. While the brands may not be the most popular, the general popularity of Holliday should give those cards at least some value.
Jackson Holliday has already appeared on a number of 450 cards in 2023, with more to come as more products are released. Some of the best are in the 2023 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs offering, including the many parallels.
Holliday also appears in the 2023 Bowman Chrome Prospects base set, plus a number of other Bowman offerings. He also appears on more unlicensed cards from Donruss, Leaf Metal, Panini, and Wild Card Automania.
Generally, the non-1st Bowman cards should see slightly lower demand and prices, although some of the rarer parallels and autographs should still demand some solid prices from collectors.
Final thoughts on the Top Jackson Holliday baseball cards
Jackson Holliday is one of the biggest prospects in the game right now, and he’s on the cusp of the major leagues. While we all know that prospects can break your heart, it’s hard not to get excited about the potential “next big thing”.
Holliday’s cards already aren’t cheap, but if he has the kind of career scouts expect, there’s potential upside here. What do you think the future holds for Jackson Holliday? What’s your favorite Holliday prospect card? Tell us about it at card_lines on Twitter.