Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and Other Important Early Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After making a quick and dramatic impact, interest in Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and anything with his name on it is rising. That’s what happens when you start setting some impressive home run records during your first couple of months in the majors.

A fourth round pick in the 2013 draft, Bellinger’s cards date back to that season. However, it was something of a slow rollout with Panini kicking things off, not much in 2014 and Topps putting him in just one product in 2015. The number of Cody Bellinger cards jumped significantly in 2016, but he still doesn’t have nearly as many as a lot of other modern prospects.

All of the Cody Bellinger cards released before his MLB debut fall under a couple of categories. First, there are the prospect and minor league cards. These are part of sets that focus on prospects before their big league debuts. Other cards are inserts in big league sets. Either way, they’re not considered Rookie Cards in the traditional sense. Collector preference is a big thing though, and the RC tag’s importance is different than it used to be.

2017 Bowman Platinum Baseball is the first product with a Cody Bellinger Rookie Card. 2017 Donruss Optic followed a short time after. Collectors can expect to find more in the months ahead through to the end of the 2017 baseball card season. Topps has confirmed that 2017 Topps Update Baseball will have a Cody Bellinger Rookie Card. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be more before then.

Here’s a detailed look at each Cody Bellinger Rookie Card as well as some key highlights from the earlier Bellinger cards.

Cody Bellinger Rookie Card Guide

This list will grow as more Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards are released. We’ll continue to update throughout the year.


2017 Bowman Platinum Cody Bellinger RC #76

2017 Bowman Platinum Baseball has the first Cody Bellinger Rookie Card on the market. Between the foil stock and the background, there’s lots going on with the busy card. Adding to that is the fact that 2017 Bowman Platinum is exclusive to Walmart. Understandably, the card soared out of the gate but settled quickly once collectors realized there shouldn’t be too short a supply. It will likely settle even more as more Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards are released.

Besides his Rookie Card, Bellinger also has a few inserts and a couple of autographs in the product.

Parallels: Ice, Purple (/250), Green (/99), Orange (/25), Black (/10), Gold (1/1)

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2017 Bowman Platinum Cody Bellinger Rookie Card




2017 Donruss Optic Cody Bellinger #65

Chromium is the order of the day with 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball. While most cards in the product are merely chrome out versions of their regular Donruss cards. However, Bellinger wasn’t in the earlier release as a base card so Optic is entirely new. It’s part of the Rated Rookie subset. Parallels come in several colored Prizms.

Parallels: Holo, Pink, Purple, Aqua (/299), Orange (/199), Blue (/149), Red (/99), Carolina Blue (/50), Black (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2017 Donruss Optic Cody Bellinger RC



Key Cody Bellinger Prospect and Pre-Rookie Cards

The following is not an exhausted list. Rather, it highlights some of the most important Cody Bellinger cards and others that don’t fall under traditional Rookie Card definitions. Particular emphasis is paid to the earliest Cody Bellinger cards, autographs and popular inserts.


2013 Elite Extra Edition Cody Bellinger Autograph #158 /673

Panini released their first Cody Bellinger card nearly two years before Topps. Similar to Bowman in that the product is prospect-driven, the card comes with an on-card signature and is numbered to 673 copies. It also has more than a dozen parallels, although not all are signed.

Parallels: Signature Aspirations (/100), Status Blue (/50), Red Ink (/25), Status Emerald (/25), Green Ink (/10), Status Orange (/10), Status Gold (/5), Status Black (1/1)
Unsigned Parallels: Aspirations (/200), Status (/100), Status Emerald (/25), Status Orange (/10), Status Gold (/5)

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2013 Elite Extra Edition Cody Bellinger Autograph




2014 Ogden Raptors Grandstand Cody Bellinger

The 2014 Ogden Raptors Grandstand Cody Bellinger is his first minor league card, not to mention first in a pro uniform. It’s extremely tough to find. That’s because of the set’s local distribution, which likely meant a small production run to begin with.

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2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Cody Bellinger #BCAP-CBE

The 2015 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger autograph is the first baseman’s key card. And it should remain that way even after all the Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards arrive. It may not be his most valuable card (it’s still not cheap), but it’s the one that collectors seek out en masse. This is the case with virtually every modern player.

But there is something of an anomaly happening here. Usually Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs are paired with a regular, unsigned Bowman Chrome Prospect card. But that’s not the case here. Bellinger didn’t get his first unsigned Bowman cards until 2016. That makes the autograph his only MLB card from 2015.

The card is found in 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball, not 2015 Bowman.

Parallels: Refractor (/499), Purple Refractor (/250), Blue Refractor (/150), Green Refractor (/99), Gold Refractor (/50), Orange Refractor (/25), Blue Twitter Refractor (/3), Red Refractor (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractor (1/1)

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2015 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger Autograph




2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cut Autographs Cody Bellinger #PCACB /25

Included in packs as a redemption, the 2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cut Cody Bellinger autograph doesn’t have a cut signature embedded in it. Rather, the name comes from the fact that the card is die-cut into a futuristic shape.

Parallels: Black (/10), Gold (1/1)

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2017 Bowman Platinum Platinum Cut Cody Bellinger Autograph Redemption




2017 Bowman Platinum Tools of the Craft Autographs Cody Bellinger #TOCACB

Like his Platinum Cuts card, this is another Cody Bellinger autograph redemption. The focus of the set highlights different player skills, both at the plate and on the field. These cards also come with die-cut designs.

Parallels: Arm

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2017 Bowman Platinum Tools of the Craft Cody Bellinger Autograph Redemption



2017 Diamond Kings DK Signature Materials Cody Bellinger #DKSCB /99

While Cody Bellinger’s autograph may not be the greatest work of art, this card is still one of his earliest autographed cards. Not only that, but it also includes a pair of swatches of player-worn gear. Like everything in Diamond Kings, there’s an art theme to the design, which explains its distinct look.

While this version is signed, 2017 Diamond Kings also has an unsigned DK Materials Cody Bellinger card.

Parallels: Holo Silver (/49), Holo Gold (/25), Holo Blue (/10), Masterpiece (1/1)

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2017 Diamond Kings DK Materials Signatures Cody Bellinger




2017 Donruss Promising Pros Materials Signatures Cody Bellinger #PPMSCB

Like the Diamond Kings DK Materials card, this one falls under the category of autographed memorabilia. However, the overall look is a little more subtle and instead of two swatches, there’s one large one.

Parallels: Gold (/99), Black (/10)

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2017 Donruss Promising Pros Cody Bellinger



2017 Donruss Optic Optic Autographs Cody Bellinger #OA-CB

The 2017 Donruss Optic Optic Autographs brings a lot of shine. Every version from the base to the handful of color-based parallels are done with Panini’s Prizm format. It makes for a bright, bold look. While not a major deal, the fact that the signature (a sticker) is placed at the top of the card helps it further stand out. Autographs are usually found on the bottom part of the card.

Parallels: Blue (/50), Red (/25), Gold (/10), Green (/5), Gold Vinyl (1/1)

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2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Sized Autographs Cody Bellinger #AGA-CB

Most autographs in 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball are of the Framed Mini variety. Cody Bellinger is one of three rookies (joining Christian Arroyo and Ian Happ) to get a full-sized autograph card, no frame. It’s inserted in packs as a redemption.

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2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full Size Autograph Cody Bellinger Redemption




2017 Topps Now Cody Bellinger

Given his hot MLB start, it shouldn’t be surprising that Bellinger already has multiple 2017 Topps Now cards since his call-up. In fact, his MLB debut (and ensuing first hit) were commemorated on a card released the day after his first game. Sold for just 24 hours on the Topps website, it has 1,555 copies. However, a few since then have had much higher print runs as his profile grew.

Parallels: Golden Ticket (1/1)

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2017 Topps Now Autographs Cody Bellinger

Every so often, the stars align and a big event warrants a Topps Now autograph. Before the All-Star Break, 2017 Topps Now already had two different Cody Bellinger autographs. The first came at the end of May, honoring his record for becoming the fastest Dodgers player to hit ten home runs. About three weeks later, Bellinger set another home run mark, this time becoming the fastest player in Major League his to reach 21 home runs. Both of these autographs have 99 regular copies as well as parallels numbered to 49, 25, 10 and 1. Yet another autograph came when Bellinger hit for the cycle in mid-July. This third autograph came with just 49 copies for the most plentiful version. Other parallels are in line with his previous cards plus a new Orange one numbered to 5.

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270A Cody Bellinger Auto /99




2017 Topps Now Card of the Month Cody Bellinger #M-JUN

2017 Topps Now Card of the Month cards aren’t available through the regular program. They’re only offered through the Topps Loyalty program. So it’s taking a non-traditional approach to distribution and making it even more non-traditional. The 2017 Topps Now Card of the Month Cody Bellinger has a print run of 315 copies, which is much lower than his regular Topps Now cards.

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2017 Topps Now Card of the Month M-JUN Cody Bellinger




2017 Topps Now Platinum Autographs Cody Bellinger

Topps Now Platinum members were invited to a special event at the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami. Attendees received some exclusive cards including this Cody Bellinger autograph that wasn’t offered to the general public. It’s not numbered so exact amounts are not known. However, it’s believed that the maximum number copies is 25, potentially less.

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2017 Topps Now Platinum Autographs Cody Bellinger



2017 Topps On-Demand Cody Bellinger

2017 Topps On-Demand is a periodic product offered through the company’s website. Each mini set takes on a different theme and offers a different design. Like Topps Now, Bellinger has appeared on multiple On-Demand cards. The first came in a set titled 600 Home Run Club (obviously, part of the checklist looks to potential future members) and has 1,632 copies plus a few parallels. Bellinger was in the follow-up All-Star set, which is a mash-up of sorts with 1987 Topps Baseball.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Cody Bellinger #74

2017 Topps Throwback Thursday is another print-on-demand product. It’s kind of like a mix of Topps Now and Archives. Small thematic sets are offered a week at a time. These are inspired by old Topps designs, but not always baseball. His first TBT card uses the 1954 Bowman Baseball design in honor of the brand’s 70th anniversary. It has a print run of 1,475 copies. Because of the method of distribution, it doesn’t fall under the traditional definition of a Cody Bellinger Rookie Card.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Cody Bellinger 74




2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Cody Bellinger #88

Just a few weeks later, another Cody Bellinger card found its way into 2017 Topps Throwback Thursday. This time, the theme was Fence Busters — past and present players known for putting up big home run totals in their rookie seasons. This week’s set is inspired by 1967 Topps Baseball.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday 88 Cody Bellinger



Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.

2 Comments

  1. Michael L Pereira
    Posted Wednesday May 10th, 2017 at 06:14 AM | Permalink

    Wonder how many people are going back into their 2013 box of autos to see if they have that Elite Extra to sell on ebay before his auto floods the market or he cools down. It’s one of those fun things I like about Elite and USA Baseball cards. You get a bunch of players and you never know who they’ll be. I like keeping track of some of my low number hits just incase I get the next Mike Trout 1/10 Auto.

  2. Posted Sunday July 16th, 2017 at 03:57 PM | Permalink

    It has never been a better time to collect baseball. New young superstars have added a higher level excitement to the hobby.

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