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Feb. 28 was kind of a big deal in the baseball hobby world as the 2018 Topps Heritage product officially released in stores. Cardboard is not something we would typically dedicate a post to, but Topps Heritage is where you can find “Japanese Babe Ruth” Shohei Ohtani’s first autographed card.
For those who believe baseball baseball cards are nothing but a relic of a simpler time, that might be right. But there’s still a strong group of collectors and prospectors out there shelling out major cash — case in point: the red variation numbered to 69 of Ohtanti’s autograph is selling for absurd figures on eBay.
A seller from New Jersey had one listed at $6,000 BIN on Wednesday and sold at an unknown “best offer.” I would guess somewhere in the low $5,000 range:
Two Ohtani red autographs are currently up for auction on eBay, and yeah… those are slowly reaching that $5,000 mark:
The unnumbered versions (blue ink) of his autograph are going for a much cheaper price, but it will still cost you a rent check:
Baseball card values tend to fluctuate once the season gets going so the prices of these cards could conceivably go up if Ohtani delivers on the two-way player hype.