By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Ichiro Suzuki‘s New York Yankees career is just two games old and that means it’s time for one thing.
His first Yankees baseball cards.
Topps, the lone licensee of MLB cards, will include him in pinstripes in at least four upcoming releases — the first being 2012 Topps Update, which arrives in October.
Update will include the 10-time All-Star and 10-time Gold Glove Award-winning outfielder on a short-printed variation card as well as in some of the insert sets when it arrives on Oct. 3. In addition, there will be a manufactured patch card noting his arrival in New York to be found in the product.
In Bowman Chrome, which arrives on Oct. 17, the Japanese star will be found as a Yankee on his basic Chrome card, while there will be another manufactured patch card found as a bonus hit in some boxes.
In the high-end Topps Five Star brand, which is set to arrive on Oct. 31, the newest member of the 27-time World Series champs will be seen as a Yankee on his base card as well as on another manufactured patch card.
Lastly, Bowman Sterling, which is set to arrive on Dec. 12, will include a manufactured patch card as a bonus hit in some boxes.
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