By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
What happens when a MLB rookie’s first certified autograph on an official MLB card is announced and that night he homers twice in just his second-big-league game?
The card is the one in every 34,745 Hobby packs 2013 Bowman Lucky Redemption No. 4. The player is Cuban-born slugger and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. (Checklist & OPG here)
He homered twice in a 9-7 win over the Padres Tuesday night in Los Angeles, just the second game of his MLB career.
His Lucky card has sold for more than $500, but it’s not his only MLB card at this point. He has seven cards in 2013 Bowman with four of them being Cream of the Crop Mini cards and two being from the Top 100 Prospects sets.
Overall, he appears on 166 total cards already valued at $2,754, not including rarities. Of that total, 68 are certified autographs, mostly from Leaf products produced last year.
Puig shouldn’t be a surprise to too many baseball fans after he signed a seven-year, $42-million contract with the Dodgers, a deal that also included a $12 million signing bonus. This past spring, he hit .517 with four home runs for the team before being sent down to Double-A Chattanooga. There, he hit .313 with eight home runs this season.
Now that Puig is called up, collectors can expect to find him in all Topps products, not only Bowman prospect lines, the remainder of this season.
Update: Topps released a list of details for Puig inclusions. He will have autographs in Bowman Inception. He will have a small number of autograph redemptions in Tier One. He will have a base card and autograph redemptions in Allen & Ginter. After Inception, he will have autographs and base cards in the remainder of releases.
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