If you pull the Shohei Ohtani Superfractor autograph card from the 2018 Bowman boxes, Beckett says it will grade and authenticate the card for free.
Earlier this week, Blowout Cards offered $60,000 for the 1/1 issue that lies somewhere inside a box of Bowman that was released to hobby shops, Wal-mart, Target and through online retailers today . The offer was for a card that grades 9.5 by Beckett Grading, but the company is still interested no matter what the grade.
“We agree with Blowoutcards.com that Ohtani is a baseball phenomenon and will be one of the most popular players in this year’s trading card sets. His exclusive relationship with Topps combined with his tremendous start this season and his global appeal make this a perfect storm for collectors,” said Brian Fleischer, Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst.
The non-autographed 1/1 Titanium base card was pulled by Nasty Breaks on Wednesday morning.
Several Ohtani autographs were pulled on the first day of release including this 1/5 Red Refractor auto and this standard Chrome autograph. The going rate seems to be $2000-$2,500. Someone paid $800 for one of the Gold parallels from the base “paper” set.
Regular Ohtani rookie cards were selling for $10-$20 each, even in quantity. Box breakers reported about 13 of those in each Jumbo case.
Box prices had jumped to around $350 for Jumbos and $150-$160 for hobby.