He did it again.
A grand slam homer. Another Dodgers win. The fresh face that could put some new life into the hobby seems big league ready and Topps says it has been working “around the clock” to get Yasiel Puig rookie cards into all of its remaining 2013 products.
The 22-year-old Cuban defector has been hot since spring training and made quite a splash in the first few games after his call up to Los Angeles, belting a pair of homers in a game earlier this week followed by a grand slam against Atlanta Thursday night in a 5-0 Dodgers win. He’s the fourth player in Major League history to have two four RBI games in his first four MLB games. He’s now batting .438 on the season with three home runs in three games.
Topps announced Thursday that Puig will be signing autographs for the company and appearing as a base card in soon to be released products including:
2013 Topps Tier One, which hits hobby shelves the middle of next month, will include a limited number of redemption cards for his autograph.
- Allen & Ginter will include Puig rookie cards and a limited number of autograph redemptions.
Starting with Bowman Inception, Puig will be signing autographs and appear on base cards & inserts in all 2013 releases.
They offered a sneak peek at Puig’s first Panini America Rookie Card, which will be in Pinnacle Baseball. He’ll also appear in 2013 Panini Prizm in late August.
Puig memorabilia is also in demand. Several fans were offering tickets from his first few big league games on eBay in what would seem like a low risk gamble if he does wind up having a Hall of Fame type career, especially those from his first game and first home run. Of course, other highly touted prospects have gotten off to great starts only to fizzle.
Puig will sign autographs at the Frank & Sons Warehouse show June 29 with prices starting at $149 per signature.
Baseball card prospectors have been well aware of Puig since he signed with the Dodgers. He doesn’t have many cards yet but the hottest have been those issued by Leaf along with his Bowman Lucky Redemption card,which can be exchanged for a signed card later. Several of those Puig rookie cards and redemptions have already made their way onto eBay’s most watched list just in the last couple of days, selling for several hundred dollars each. Check out our real time list of hot Puig cards: