The newest Mr. 3,000 already has the cardboard to prove it.
Ichiro Suzuki‘s triple off the wall in the seventh inning Sunday at Coors Field in Colorado made him just the 30th player in MLB history to join the 3,000 Hit Club and today he’s the first to have the feat nearly instantly commemorated on cardboard with a Topps Now card.
There is one standard card and five game-used base Relics — a standard card limited to 99 and then four parallels made to as rare as a single copy for $999. (Update: Each of the base Relics was sold out within 30 minutes, with the print run generating $46,318.16 in sales based on the posted prices. Update 2: A record 11,550 copies of the standard card were sold.)
Topps Now, of course, is Topps‘ real-time cardboard platform where notable moments are only available for 24 hours via Topps.com and are made to order. After that window closes, the cards will no longer be made and can only be found on the secondary market.
Earlier this year, when his career hit total between Japan’s NPB and MLB topped that of MLB hit king Pete Rose, 10 of Suzuki’s Topps Now cards were released with an autograph. (The 42-year-old recently said he wants to play until he’s 50 years old. How many hits might he have if that happens? It’s a fun thought.)
Suzuki has autographs in many recent Topps products after signing on with the company last year. He had ink in the recently released 2016 Topps Tribute and Topps Chrome and will have autographs in 2016 Topps Strata, which arrives this week along with ink in the high-end 2016 Topps The Mint.
For more on Topps Now — and to see a gallery of all past cards — click here.
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