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Yankees Prospect Jasson Dominguez is on the Fast Track to Superstardom

The five-tool outfielder is already headed to the All-Star Futures Game. The value of his trading cards is responding accordingly.

Jasson Dominguez has played just three professional games, but he’s already skipping the line on the path to becoming incredibly valuable both on the field as a player and off the field as a brand.

On Monday, the New York Yankees’ highly-touted 18-year-old center field prospect made his debut in the rookie-level Florida Complex League. On Tuesday was named a participant in this year’s All-Star Futures Game in Denver, a showcase for MLB’s top minor league stars.

That escalated quickly.

Signed two years ago from the Dominican Republic as a 16-year-old for a franchise record $5.1 million, the 5-foot-10 Dominguez is already ranked as the Yankees organization’s top prospect by MLB Pipeline and is the site’s 24th-ranked prospect in all of baseball.

At the time of his signing, ESPN called Dominguez “the most highly regarded Latin American prospect in a decade.” According to MLB.com, “Dominguez engenders comparisons to some of the best athletes in baseball history, such as Bo Jackson, Mickey Mantle, and Mike Trout.”

Those are some otherwordly player comps. And right on cue, the hype surrounding this teenage prodigy is manifesting itself in more and more ways. Specifically, Dominguez’s rapid ascent up the prospect rankings mirrors the rise in the value of his trading cards.

Total daily value of Jasson Dominguez trading card sales (4/2/21-6/29/21, via Card Ladder)

You don’t have to be a lifelong hobby enthusiast to look at that most recent spike and do a double-take.

On June 28 alone — the day of Dominguez’s professional debut — his card sales grossed over $11,000, his market’s highest point of the last 90 days.

A 2020 Bowman Chrome Auto Blue Refractor /150 card recently sold for more than $6,600 in BGS 9.5 condition on June 3, weeks before his first professional plate appearance. Other recent Dominguez sales recorded by Card Ladder? $4,150, $3,690, and $3,300, respectively.

Jasson Dominguez’s 2018 Bowman Chrome Auto Blue Refractor prospect card

On June 28 alone, Dominguez card sales grossed over $11,000, the high point of the last 90 days. He may have some ways to go before he matches the $189,000 a Wander Franco Bowman Chrome Red Refractor /5 landed in May before the Rays phenom’s MLB debut, but with success coming so fast for the young Yankee, you’ve got to think that anything is possible.

If sale prices for Dominguez’s cards are already this high just on speculation alone, imagine how much his stock will rise with an impressive Futures Game performance. If current trends continue, we could see astronomical growth in the future Bronx Bomber’s market as he inches closer and closer to realizing his Major League dreams.

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