The Top 10 Cards of Yankees Phenom (But Now Injured) Jasson Domínguez
One of the top prospects of a storied franchise gets called up on September 1st of an otherwise lost season. He promptly hits a home run on his first big league swing, off future Hall of Famer Justin Verlander.
Did we mention that the young player is only 20 years old and plays center field? Shades of Mickey Mantle, indeed. Thus begins the big league story of Jasson Domínguez of the New York Yankees.
Now that Dominquez suffered a torn UCL, it might be a good time to stock up on these cards.
But who is Domínguez? And how did he make the major leagues at such a tender age? And which Jasson Domínguez baseball cards are worth chasing?
Who is Jasson Domínguez?
Jasson Domínguez was signed to a contract during the July, 2019 MLB international signing period by the New York Yankees.
As the consensus best player in that signing class, his $5.1 million signing bonus was the highest in Yankees history. Covid canceled the 2020 minor league season so Dominguez had to wait for 2021 to start his professional career.
That 2021 season was a modest start to his career, with Dominguez putting up a .252/.353/.379 line with 5 HR in 57 games played, mostly in A ball. Dominguez was already highly touted, however, appearing on Top 100 prospect lists. He was selected to the 2021 MiLB Futures Game, becoming the first prospect to appear in the All-Star Futures Game without having played in a full-season minor league.
In 2022, at the tender age of 19, Dominguez took a big step forward. Playing as one of the youngest players at each stop, he blazed through three levels of the major leagues and ended the season in AA.
He put up a combined line of .273/.375/.461 with 16 home runs and 37 stolen bases in 120 games. He again appeared in the Futures Game and continued to climb prospect lists.
Dominguez played the bulk of the 2023 season in AA, again being one of the youngest players in the league. He was 3.7 years younger than the average AA player. In August he got the bump to AAA, where he was 6.3 years younger than the average.
His combined line of .265/.377/.425 with 15 home runs and 40 stolen bases in 118 games. Dominguez found himself ranked as the #2 prospect in the Yankees system.
Jasson Domínguez’s rise to the majors
Jasson Domínguez’s AAA career lasted only 9 games before the Yankees came calling. With the team out of contention and needing a spark (and wanting a look at how Dominguez might contribute in 2024), it was time to unleash Dominguez on the American League. Still just 20 years old, “El Marciano” or “The Martian” had arrived.
In his big league debut, Dominguez hit the aforementioned home run off Justin Verlander, becoming the youngest Yankee to homer in his big league debut.
Two days later, he homered again. He hit four home runs in his first 8 big league games, and added a stolen base while looking like the 5-tool star fans were hoping for.
Dominguez has just a handful of major league games under his belt but has already shown enough to get collectors excited at his potential. Keep a close eye on prices, as they are likely to be quite dynamic over the coming weeks and months.
Jasson Domínguez UCL injury
Just as we were going to press with this article, we received the unfortunate news that Jasson Domínguez had suffered a tear to his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). This injury likely means ligament replacement surgery (often called Tommy John surgery). The recovery timeline for a position player can be 9-10 months, meaning his 2023 season is over and he’s likely to return around the All Star break in 2024.
This unfortunate injury to an exciting young player is unfortunate. The time rehabbing will likely keep Domínguez out of the headlines for the next 6+ months, which should dampen demand for his cards. Keep a close eye on prices, and if they dip to a point where you’re comfortable, it can be a great time to buy. There’s always risk when a player suffers an injury, so know the risks.
The top 10 Jasson Domínguez cards
Despite just making his major league debut, Jasson Domínguez has already appeared on a staggering 2,720 cards, according to the Trading Card Database (TCDB.com).
Any Top 10 list will be subjective, incomplete, etc. We’re sticking to base cards here, plus a one autograph for good measure. We could do a Top 10 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 are a rainbow of parallel versions available for most of these, which offer a tougher chase and higher prices.
10. 2020 Bowman Draft Jasson Dominguez #BD-151
The lowest cost 2020 Bowman card of Dominguez can be found in 2020 Bowman Draft. Despite a PSA population under 800, it sells for a very reasonable $30-40 in a PSA 10 slab. Call it the “entry level” Dominguez to get from 2020.
9. 2020 Bowman Draft Chrome Jasson Dominguez #BD-151
The 2020 Bowman Draft Chrome card of Dominguez in 2020 may be a little overlooked. It’s not graded nearly as often as its Prospects cousin, and sells for far less. Also, the percentage of PSA 10’s is pretty low for an ultra-modern offering, making a 10 still a bit special, not the de facto minimum viable grade.
8. 2020 Bowman Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BP-8
The flagship Dominguez paper 1st Bowman has a PSA population north of 18,500. That’s a high number, but it should help keep prices reasonable as it is far from rare.
7. 2020 Bowman 1st Edition Jasson Dominguez #BFE-8
Bowman 1st Edition may have a claim to be the “first Bowman 1st” for Dominguez. The PSA population isn’t slow at over 2,600 graded copies, but it’s nowhere near the levels of some of the higher pop cards on this list. With its middle-of-the-road population and price point, it’s a solid option if you’re building out a Dominguez collection.
6. 2020 Bowman Chrome Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BCP-243
With a far lower population and a lower price point than the more popular BCP-8 card from Bowman Chrome Prospects, this card offers an interesting opportunity to grab a Chrome Dominguez card for less than you’d expect.
5. 2020 Bowman Heritage Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BHP-8
With a vintage feel and a PSA population of barely 200, the 2020 Bowman Heritage Prospects Dominguez card offers a much lower population than the more mainstream 1st Bowman offering at a similar price point. If PSA population is a consideration in your purchases (and it should be) these are an interesting option. A photo variation option also exists.
4. 2020 Bowman Heritage Chrome Prospects Jasson Dominguez #92CP-JAS
While “heritage chrome” has always felt like an odd pairing to me, there’s no denying the popularity of these offerings. With a low PSA population but recent comps that are a bit lower than one might expect, there may be some opportunity here (unless it’s already too late – keep an eye on prices as Dominguez continues his MLB debut season.
3. 2020 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Jasson Dominguez #BD-151
With a PSA population on the lower side and sapphire sparkle, the 2020 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition offers a bit more of an interesting chase than some of the higher population cards on the list. The lower population drives the price point up a bit, as well. If you’re sitting on a pristine raw copy, there may be some opportunity here.
2. 2020 Bowman Chrome Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BCP-8
The Bowman Chrome Prospects card of Jasson Dominguez is the base 1st Bowman. Or at least it seems most people think so. With a total PSA population of over 18,000, it’s far from rare. It’s a nice card, but you may want to check out some lower-population alternatives if you’re looking for long-term value.
1. 2020 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Jasson Dominguez #CPA-JDO
The 1st Bowman Chrome autograph is a key card for any modern player, and Jasson Domínguez is no different. The 2020 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs card already sells for $750-1,000 in a PSA 10 slab, and a continued hot start will likely send that northward.
Jasson Domínguez baseball cards
|Card||Total PSA Pop||Recent Sale Pop||Recent Sale Price|
|2020 Bowman Draft Jasson Dominguez #BD-151||781||PSA 10 = 489||PSA 10 = $30-40|
|2020 Bowman Draft Chrome Jasson Dominguez #BD-151||772||PSA 10 = 247||PSA 10 = $45-60|
|2020 Bowman Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BP-8||18,520||PSA 10 = 13,508||PSA 10 = $50|
|2020 Bowman 1st Edition Jasson Dominguez #BFE-8||2,605||PSA 10 = 1,843||PSA 10 = $50-80|
|2020 Bowman Chrome Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BCP-243||970||PSA 10 = 682||PSA 10 = $45-55|
|2020 Bowman Heritage Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BHP-8||211||PSA 10 = 107||PSA 10 = $75-110|
|2020 Bowman Heritage Chrome Prospects Jasson Dominguez #92CP-JAS||129||PSA 10 = 99||PSA 10 = $65-95|
|2020 Bowman Draft Sapphire Edition Jasson Dominguez #BD-151||252||PSA 10 = 137||PSA 10 = $90-150|
|2020 Bowman Chrome Prospects Jasson Dominguez #BCP-8||18,285||PSA 10 = 10,088||PSA 10 = $80-100|
|2020 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Jasson Dominguez #CPA-JDO||414||PSA 10 = 219||PSA 10 = $750-1,200|
Other early career Jasson Dominguez cards
The year he was drafted, 2019, Dominguez appeared on a number of cards, many autographed, from the likes of Leaf and Panini. These are unlicensed cards, so no logos, but they are Dominguez first cardboard appearances, and many have autographs, serial numbers, or both.
In 2020, in addition to the cards listed above, Dominguez also appeared in 2020 Bowman Sterling, 2020 Donruss Optic, 2020 Leaf Draft, and several Panini products. The 2020 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions is another offering worth checking out.
By the time he made his professional debut in 2021 (the 2020 minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic, Dominguez had appeared on 960 cards. For context, during his entire 11-year major league career Jackie Robinson appeared on 56 cards. How times have changed!
In 2021, Dominguez appeared on another 862 cards, including in the 2021 Bowman Chrome Prospects set. 2022 saw Dominquez appear on over 550 additional cards, including the chrome prospects treatment again, in 2022 Bowman Chrome Prospects. So far in 2023, Dominquez has appeared on over 365 cards (and counting) including more Bowman Chrome with the 2023 Bowman Chrome Prospects.
Final thoughts on the Top 10 Jasson Domínguez baseball cards
Will Jasson Domínguez become a big star and drive the next great New York Yankees team to another extended period of success? It’s impossible to know for sure, although the very early returns have been solid.
Prospects will break your heart, but that doesn’t stop collectors from getting excited about getting in on the next great star from the very beginning. If you’re a Yankees fan, a prospect collector, or just like Domínguez’s chances of being the next big thing, have a little fun. As long as you stay within your budget and enjoy yourself, why not dream a little?
The “true rookie cards” for Dominguez will arrive in 2024. They likely will be some of the most sought after cards in 2024 products. When they arrive, we’ll review them here on Cardlines. In the meantime, there’s lots of prospect cards of Dominguez to chase.