Topps isn’t just chronicling events on the field with its print-to-order NOW program. On Tuesday, it began offering the first MLB card of top draft pick Mickey Moniak. Taken Monday, the image shows the southern California teenager, head down, putting his name on his first pro contract during a ceremony at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia.
Moniak, who is expected to report to the Gulf Coast Rookie League in Florida, was one of five new Topps NOW cards that will be available until 2 PM EDT Wednesday afternoon.
A lefty, Moniak hit .476 with 12 triples, seven home runs, 46 RBIs and a .921 slugging percentage in his senior year at Costa Canyon High School and his stock rose steadily throughout the spring. According to MLB.com sources, he received a $6.1 million signing bonus.
How many cards are produced depends upon how many are ordered in the 24-hour window.
Offered only on a section of Topps’ website each day, the NOW cards are priced at $9.99, but are cheaper in quantity and opportunistic eBay sellers who committed in bulk were offering singles on eBay for less than that.
Cards are typically delivered to buyers within several days of an order.
Moniak already has several cards issued by Panini through his appearance on USA National teams during his high school career and some produced by Leaf.