Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Shohei Ohtani Rookie Cards

I've been asked a couple times in the past few months what Shohei Ohtani's "best" rookie card is.  I find this a difficult thing to answer as the question of "best" is pretty subjective, as is what actually constitutes a rookie card.  I've decided to not really answer the question - instead I'm going to present a variety of Ohtani cards from his rookie year of 2013 and allow readers to make their own judgements.  (For the most part I'm only listing the "regular" player cards although he had several appearances in subsets in some of BBM's sets that year.)

Ohtani's first card ever was actually an insert in Sports Card Magazine #97 which was released in late January 2013.  It was a promo card for the 2013 BBM Rookie Edition set - I lucked into a silver facsimile autograph parallel of it:

SCM #206
He had two cards in BBM's Rookie Edition set that had the same number - one showed him pitching and the other showed him batting:

2013 BBM Rookie Edition #42

2013 BBM Rookie Edition #42
His first BBM "flagship" set cards were in the 2013 1st and 2nd Version sets.  He had two cards in the 2nd Version set - his regular card and a "Cross Wind" cross set subset card:

2013 BBM 1st Version #183

2013 BBM 2nd Version #554

2013 BBM 2nd Version "Cross Wind" #CW058
He had two cards in the Fighters BBM team set that year, one showing him pitching (#F02a) and one showing him batting (#F02b).  I only have the batting one:

2013 BBM Fighters #F02b
He appeared in a handful of other BBM sets that year - Icons - Hope (#14), Classic (#037), Young Fighters (#YF01), Genesis (#055), Rookie Edition Premium (#RP19 & #RP43) and Fighters 10th Season In Hokkaido (#02).  Here's the three I have from that list:

2013 BBM Classic #037

2013 BBM Young Fighters #YF01

2013 BBM Fighers 10th Season In Hokkaido
He had a number of parallel cards in the sets - I'm not entirely sure what all is available in the different sets as BBM's parallels are somewhat bewildering.  I do have a pretty good sense for what's available in terms of autograph and memorabilia cards for him from BBM's 2013 offerings due to this page from SCM #117:


Assuming that this display is comprehensive, he had autograph cards in the Icons - Hope, 1st and 2nd Version, Fighters, Genesis, Young Fighters, Rookie Edition Premium and Fighters 10th Season In Hokkaido sets.  He has memorabilia cards in the 2nd Version, Genesis and Rookie Edition Premium sets.

He didn't have a "regular" player card in any of the 2013 Calbee sets but he appeared in two subsets - the "Exciting Rookie" subset from Series Two and the "All Stars" subset from Series Three:

2013 Calbee #D-07

2013 Calbee #AS-22
According to The Trading Card Database's listings, he also had a card in the second Owners League set from Bandai that year (#072).

8 comments:

Michael Giordano said...

Hi,

Your Ohtani's first card ever was actually an insert in Sports Card Magazine #97 which was released in late January 2013. It was a promo card for the 2013 BBM Rookie Edition set - I lucked into a silver facsimile autograph parallel ...

Is that a numbered card? If so, how many are there. Thanks

NPB Card Guy said...

No, it's not serially numbered

Michael Giordano said...

You seem like the expert. What card version of the Sports Card Magazine #97 which was released in late January 2013 is the one numbered to 100 ? Thanks

NPB Card Guy said...

As far as I can tell, none of the parallels for ANY SCM insert card (either signature or kira) were numbered. I haven't seen any in the handful I've actually gotten with the magazine (20+ issues) and I don't see anything for sale on Yahoo! Japan Auctions that appears to be a serially numbered version either. I'm not saying they don't exist but I haven't seen any. Ryan might know more since he gets to actually look at real cards in a store (frequently while looking for old SCM cards for me :-)).

There were serially numbered signature parallels for his Rookie Edition cards - one was up to 100, one was up to 50, one was up to 30 and I'm not sure about the other.

Michael Giordano said...

The one up to 100. Holds what type of dollar value?

NPB Card Guy said...

There's an auction going on on YJA right now that has one selling for 10,000 yen or roughly $100.

Michael Giordano said...

Hi.

You're my go to expert on ohtani.

What in Japanese card world is more of a valuable type of card. A rookie parraell numbered to 100 or a gold signature numbered to 100? Thanks

NPB Card Guy said...

I would guess the Rookie parallel but I don't know for sure.