Pirates' Paul Skenes' MLB debut jersey patch to be placed in rookie card, leading to possible six-figure sale


Paul Skenes, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect and the third best in all of baseball, will make his highly anticipated MLB debut Saturday.

The Pirates selected the right-handed pitcher with the first pick of last year’s MLB Draft after he led the LSU Tigers to a College World Series win.

Since the beginning of last season, those making their MLB debuts have worn a patch on their jerseys signifying the milestone that is later placed onto a random rookie card as a collectible. The player then signs the card, driving up the price further.

Skenes will wear the patch on the bump at PNC Park Saturday, and he and his patch will follow the same protocol.

Skenes’ debut is probably the most anticipated in baseball in quite some time, and that includes Jackson Holliday and Gunnar Henderson of the Orioles, Jackson Chourio of the Brewers and Anthony Volpe of the Yankees, just to name a few.

Volpe is a decent comparison. His Topps Rookie Debut Patch Autograph Card received an offer of $150,000 last year after he debuted on opening day 2023.

MLB debut patch


Skenes’ popularity has also been heightened by his relationship with LSU gymnast and social media influencer Olivia Dunne. 

So, combine his stardom on and off the field, and there is a realistic chance that Skenes’ Topps Rookie Debut Patch Autograph Card goes not only for six figures, but could even blow by the offer made for Volpe’s card.

Skenes has been mowing down the competition at Triple-A with a 0.99 ERA over his first seven starts.

Paul Skenes on mound

Skenes has given up just 17 hits while consistently clocking at over 100 mph. He’s also struck out 45 batters while walking eight. Pittsburgh gave him a record $9.2 million signing bonus when he inked his first contract. 

Fox News’ Scott Thompson contributed to this report.

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