Shohei Ohtani’s first MLB baseball card arrives via Topps Now

Update (Dec. 18): This card sold a Topps Now record of 17,323 copies.

The biggest signing of the MLB off-season so far is here on baseball cards.

The ink has dried on Shohei Ohtani‘s contract from Sunday but his marketing deal must be a tad fresher as his first baseball cards showing him in an Angels uniform are here.

That’s thanks to Topps Now.  

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2012 Topps MLB Value Box (Hour 7)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2012 Topps MLB Value Box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Whose spring training numbers impress you so far this season?


There are two ways to look at spring training stats — they can offer glimpses of reality to come or they can provide false hope.

2016-topps-heritage-francoWe’re a good ways into this year’s slate of spring games and the MLB stat sheet so far shows some hobby-friendly names among the leaders in home runs.

As of today, Maikel Franco and Steven Moya are tops in homers with four apiece — both good signs as they are young players with star potential who have plenty of cardboard for collectors to chase.

Other established guys like Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (.556 average; 10-for-18) have impressive starts as well. Philadelphia’s Darin Ruf might get some attention as well, though he’s not exactly popular compared to back when he arrived. (Is he a potential bargain to stash? We’ll see.)
Sort the stat sheet a different way, and you’ll see Atlanta’s Hector Olivera with 13 hits and a .433 average, while Detroit’s Ian Kinsler has 12 RBI in eight games.

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