As previously noted here on The Buzz, Panini America’s first baseball card release of the year will include autographs of new Los Angeles Angels signee Shohei Ohtani.
But now we have the specifics for 2018 Donruss and the cardboard to prove it after the former Nippon Professional Baseball star signed for Panini last week.
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Shohei Ohtani autographs are on the way and there’s only one question left for Topps to reveal.
Which one’s first?
What: 2018 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards
Arrives: June 27
Box basics: Two autographs per 16-pack box (16 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: Stadium Club brings its traditional lineup of inserts and photography-focused cardboard to the masses once again but with the new Chrome touches found last year as well as autos of the rookie you see above, Shohei Ohtani.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.
Major League Baseball’s new international star will sign for Topps.
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani will have autographs from the company in packs before spring training, according to a deal announced on Monday morning.
“Getting a deal with Shohei Ohtani was a priority for us because we want the best for our Topps fans,” said David Leiner, Topps Global General Manager, Sports & Entertainment. “Ohtani is a dynamic two-way player who has gained a lot of attention because of his incredible talent. We are thrilled to offer his trading cards and autographed cards to baseball fans.”
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.