Julio Urias’ first Rookie Card comes via non-traditional release

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Is it a Rookie Card? Is it not a a Rookie Card?

It’s got the logo and that’s the only card that can say that so far for Julio Urias.

The highly touted Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect made his major league debut on Friday night in New York and things didn’t go as planned as he gave up three runs on five hits and walked four in just 2 2/3 innings, a no-decision against against the defending NL champion Mets.

Despite this rough start, Urias was tabbed for a Topps Now card as part of the company’s daily real-time baseball card program and, for now, it’s also his rarest Rookie Card (it’s got that logo and he’s a rookie) with just 2,992 copies made. The quantity was revealed by Topps today.

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The Topps Now card is one of just a handful to have topped the 1,000-copy mark this summer — and it will not likely be the last card for the 19-year-old from Mexico, who was 4-1 with an 1.10 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Baseball America ranked him fourth overall on its 2016 Top 100 list — the best pitcher of the bunch. He’s actually in his fourth season as a pro after signing with the Dodgers as an international free agent in 2013.

Prospectors should be very familiar with him as he already appears on more than 550 different baseball cards and nearly 200 of those are certified autographs. His earliest ink can be found in 2013 Bowman Sterling, while he made his Bowman Chrome debut the following year.

Urias’ autographs have commanded top dollar when it comes to rarer copies and graded specimens, while his only 2013 autos are a relative bargain.

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