Shohei Ohtani (7/5/1994) is a right-handed ace pitcher and a left-handed slugger fresh out of Japan. The Los Angeles Angels were lucky enough to be the winner of the Ohtani sweepstakes in December of 2017 as they outdueled the Mariners, Rangers, Dodgers, Padres, Cubs, and Giants.
Mr. Ohtani stands 6 ft 4 in and tosses a nasty splitter along with a filthy slider that can make a professional ballplayer look like a clown. His frame is lanky, tall, and athletic which is easy to repeat mechanically.
Shohei also has a decent amount of raw power to accompany a high average. If he played a full season and had the maximum at-bats 27 to 35 homers, 20 to 30 swipes and a .285 to .310 average is not out of the question.
Here are the best Shohei Ohtani rookie cards for investment purposes.
2018 Shohei Ohtani Bowman Chrome Batting Rookie Card #1 (buy on eBay)
A super cheap rookie card that has the potential to blow up if he can live up to his star power billing.
The 2018 Bowman Chrome Ohtani Rookie Card shows him looking for a pitch to take down the right side of the line for a double or maybe even a home run.
Numbered #1 the reverse reads “Resume: Signed with the Angels, 12/7/17… Hit .332 in Japan in 2017… Posted a 2.52 ERA in five seasons… 2016 Pacific League MVP Honoree… Three-time Nippon Pro Baseball All-Star pick“.
If you’re looking to spend a little more money buy one of the refractor parallels.
2018 Bowman Chrome Ohtani Rookie Card Parallels: Refractor – #/499 Purple Refractor – #/250 Blue Refractor – #/150 Green Refractor – #/99 Green Shimmer Refractor – #/99 Gold Refractor – #/50 Gold Shimmer Refractor – #/50 Orange Refractor – #/25 Orange Shimmer Refractor – #/25 Red Refractor – #/5 Black Shimmer – #/5 SuperFractor – 1/1
2018 Shohei Ohtani Donruss Optic Rated Rookie #56 or #SO (buy on eBay)
Here is our favorite Ohtani rookie card.
The 2018 Panini Donruss Optic Rookie Card shows him at the plate looking to get a hold of the pitch and rope it into the gap at bare minimum.
We love the all-red look to the card to contrast the blue rated rookie icon in the top left-hand corner. We are always looking to buy some of the higher end parallels at a decent price on eBay auctions.
Numbered #56 or #SO the reverse of the card reads “Ohtani made a big impact in his first spring training game as a designated hitter. Batting in the fifth inning of Los Angeles Tilt with San Diego on Feb. 26, 2018, The Lefty-Swinging Slugger guided a single up the middle to drive in his first run. He also showed a keen eye by drawing a pair of walks“.
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PARALLEL CARDS: Holo, Bronze (Mega Box), Pink (Blaster), Purple (Fat Pack), Red/Yellow (40-card Mega Box), Shock (60-card MegaBox), White Sparkles (Panini Rewards), Aqua #/299, Orange #/199, Blue #/149, Red #/99, Carolina Blue #/50, Black #/25, Gold #/10, Cracked Ice #/7 (FOTL), Green #/5, Gold Vinyl 1/1
Autograph sets in 2018 Donruss Optic Baseball include Retro 1984 Signatures, Rated Rookie Retro 1984 Signatures, Rated Rookie Signatures, and Rated Prospect Signatures.
2018 Shohei Ohtani Topps Update Rookie #US1 (buy on eBay)
The 2018 Topps Update Ohtani card is numbered #US51 and shows Ohtani mid-windup looking to blow the batter away… strike 3!?!
We particularly like the Gold and Mother Day Pink Parallels.
The card is available in a variety of higher-end Parallels and the reverse reads “Mariners legend Ichiro – himself a pioneer – says there’s no comparison between his own MLB entrance and Shohei’s. He’s actually doing something that is going to impact not just Japan or here, but the whole world, Ichiro marvels. Ohtani’s early 2018 imprint included 6 homers in his first 23 games and 61 whiffs in his initial 49 1/3 innings“.
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PARALLEL CARDS: Gold (/2018), Vintage Stock (/99), Independence Day (/76), Father’s Day Powder Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Hot Pink (/50), Negative, Memorial Day (/25), one-of-one Printing Plates, and Platinum (1/1)
Shohei Ohtani Rookie Card Value
The value of Ohtani rookie cards is somewhat low when compared to how great his potential is supposed to be.
The most expensive Ohtani rookie card will be one of the 2018 Bowman Chrome Refractor Autographs. The 2018 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Shohei Ohtani RC Auto Jersey /25 recently sold for a mind-blowing $27,600 which is somewhat overpriced in our opinion.
If you have a few Ohtani rookie cards you would like an estimated value on please email us a minimum of 2 pictures (back and front of the card) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shohei Ohtani Rookie Card Checklist
- 2017 Leaf Trinity Signatures #A-SO1
- 2017 Leaf Pearl Autographs #AU-SO1 to SO5
- 2017 Topps Now #OS-80
- 2017 Bowman Chrome Mega Box #BCP31
- 2018 Topps Update #US1
- 2018 Bowman Mega Box RC
- 2018 Bowman Chrome #1
- 2018 Bowman Rookie Card #49
- 2018 Bowman High Tek #RHT-SO
- 2018 Bowman Platinum Shohei #34
- 2018 Bowman’s Best #1
- 2018 Bowman Chrome National Convention #BNR-SO
- 2018 Bowman Topps Holiday #TH-SO
- 2018 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie #56
- 2018 Diamond Kings Shohei Ohtani RC #73 Pitching, #76 Batting, #145 SP
- 2018 Immaculate Collection Autograph/Patch #37
- 2018 National Treasures Rookie Signatures #RS-SO
- 2018 Panini Chronicles #1
- 2018 Panini Flawless #3
- 2018 Topps Baseball Factory Team Set #A-17
- 2018 Topps Series 2 #700
- 2018 Topps Update Series #US1
- 2018 Topps Chrome Update Series #HMT1
- 2018 Topps Baseball Silver Pack 1983 #51 / #145
- 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter #100
- 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter X (black auto) #100
- 2018 Topps Archives #31
- 2018 Topps Archives Snapshots #AS-SO
- 2018 Topps Big League Shohei Ohtani RC #141
- 2018 Topps Brooklyn Collection Autograph #BC-SO
- 2018 Topps Clearly Authentic Auto #CAA-SO
- 2018 Topps Definitive Collection Autographs
- 2018 Topps Diamond Icons Autographs
- 2018 Topps Dynasty Auto Patch #AP-SO
- 2018 Topps Finest #100
- 2018 Topps Fire #150
- 2018 Topps Five Star Autograph #FSA-SO
- 2018 Topps Gallery #116
- 2018 Topps Gold Label #17
- 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen #89
- 2018 Topps Heritage Rookie Variation #17
- 2018 Topps Heritage High Number #600
- 2018 Topps High Tek #HT-SO
- 2018 Topps Holiday #HMW17
- 2018 Topps Inception Autograph Patch
- 2018 Topps Living Set #7
- 2018 Topps Luminaries Autographs
- 2018 Topps Museum Collection #100
- 2018 Topps National Baseball Card Day #10
- 2018 Topps New Era #10
- 2018 Topps Now #ST-4
- 2018 Topps Opening Day #200
- 2018 Topps Stadium Club #138
- 2018 Topps Tier One Autograph #BA-SO Redemption
- 2018 Topps Transcendent Collection #10 #/83
- 2018 Topps Tribute Autograph #TA-SO Redemption
Shohei Ohtani Rookie Card Autograph (Top 3)
- 2018 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto RC /25 #CRASO
- 2018 National Treasures Rookie Signatures Auto #RTMSO
- 2018 Topps Allen & Ginter X Black Autograph #100
2018 Shohei Ohtani Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto RC /25 #CRASO (buy on eBay)
Not only the most expensive Ohtani rookie card but also our top pick when it comes to the Shohei Ohtani Autograph rookie cards… this is the card you want if you think Ohtani finally breaks out and has 4 or 5 years of great numbers… you will also need a BIG BANK account.
2018 Shohei Ohtani National Treasures Holo Gold #RTMSO (buy on eBay)
Ohtani National Treasure rookie cards are great looking cards and this Holo Gold parallel is no exception… a great looking card with a not so great looking price 🙂
2018 Shohei Ohtani Topps Allen & Ginter X Black Autograph #100 (buy on eBay)
The Shohei Ohtani Topps Allen & Ginter X Black Autograph #100 is a great low-cost auto rookie card for investors who are long Ohtani… we love the look of this card with the palm trees on the border… were not sure why the palm trees are there but feel they add a very unique flair to the card.
We feel Ohtani some of the base Ohtani rookie cards have a good to great value at current prices as they have somewhat floundered as Ohtani has struggled with injuries since arriving in the MLB.
If you Google “Shohei Ohtani 2020 breakout” you will find several articles predicting a breakout season for the Japanese native and we tend to agree as long as he stays healthy.
Investment Rating: SAVOY BUY WITH SOME RISK
Best Shohei Ohtani Rookie Card: 2018 Bowman Chrome Batting or Pitching Base
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