Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and Other Important Early Cards


After making a quick and dramatic impact, interest in Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and anything with his name was quick to rise. That’s what happens when you start setting some impressive home run records during your first few months in the majors. But it didn’t stop there. After a lull in 2018, Bellinger’s historic start in 2019 has put his early cards on a lot of collectors’ radars.

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 was the first product with a Cody Bellinger Rookie Card. 2017 Donruss Optic and 2017 Topps Chrome followed a short time after. And then the floodgates opened. By the time the year came to a close, collectors had almost two dozen different Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards to choose from between Topps and Panini. Plenty of additional cards can be found in insert sets as well.

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

Only Cody Bellinger cards with the RC tag in the Beckett Baseball Card Database and Price Guide are listed here. Inserts and parallels are not. Some of his other key early cards follow.

2017 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger RC #27

This is where things get a little confusing with Bowman Chrome Prospect cards and Bowman Chrome Rookie Cards. Bellinger has a Chrome Prospect insert in 2017 Bowman Baseball. However, his Rookie Card, which has the same general layout, is in 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball. Going by traditional RC definitions, the earlier Prospect card is an insert. Because one of the hallmarks of a Rookie Card being that it belongs in a base set, the Prospect card is disqualified. By the time 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball had released, he’d been in the majors long enough for Topps to get him in the main set. And that’s why this is the Rookie Card.

As far as value goes, Bowman Chrome RCs are often overlooked. The autographs are king with this brand. So unless it’s one of the tougher Refractor parallels, this card is generally fairly affordable when placed against other Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards.

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

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2017 Bowman Chrome Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

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. While still popular, it slowed significantly after the season went on as more Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards were 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 Bowman’s Best Cody Bellinger RC #65

Another chromium release, 2017 Bowman’s Best has a Cody Bellinger Rookie Card that’s a lot more colorful and vibrant than Bowman Chrome. It’s not a pricey card and it’s mixed in with a very late product that’s focused largely on autographs and prospects.

Like Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome, the card is complimented by a full Refractors rainbow.

Parallels: Refractors, Atomic Refractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/10), Superfractors (1/1)

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2017 Donruss Cody Bellinger RC #196

Panini expanded the 2017 Donruss Baseball checklist by adding some rookies in 2017 Panini Chronicles. Bellinger was one of them. The card uses the same design as other Donruss cards, complete with the Rated Rookie logo. While not necessarily a rare card, it’s likely to be tougher to find than regular Donruss card because of its inclusion in Chronicles.

Parallels: Cyan Back, Gray Border (/199), Press Proof Gold (/99), Aqueous Test Proof (/49), Pink Border (/25), Artists Proof (/10), Press Proof (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2017 Donruss Optic Cody Bellinger RC #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

2017 Panini Chronicles Cody Bellinger RC #120 /499

2017 Panini Chronicles‘ big draw is how it folds in several brands from Panini’s portfolio. But it does have a base set and Bellinger is part of it. Numbered to 499, the design takes more of a storytelling approach, kind of like an abbreviated newspaper.

Parallels: Gold (/399), Blue (/299), Green (/199), Purple (/99), Red (/25), Black (1/1)

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2017 Panini Flawless Cody Bellinger RC #105 /20

The 2017 Panini Flawless Cody Bellinger doesn’t have an autograph or massive patch (but there are plenty of inserts in the product that do). It does come with a small diamond embedded in it. It’s also numbered to just 20 copies making it extremely tough to find. Parallels come with a variety of other gems.

It is worth noting that Bellinger also has a pair of subset cards in the Flawless base set, Milestones and All-Star.

Parallels: Ruby (/15), Sapphire (/10), Emerald (/5), Diamond (1/1)

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2017 Panini Gold Standard Cody Bellinger RC Auto Jersey #31 /99

Found in packs of 2017 Panini Chronicles, Bellinger’s Gold Standard RC takes a more high-end approach with an autograph and jersey swatch. It was originally inserted as a redemption.

Parallels: Prime Tag

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2017 Panini Gold Standard Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Panini National Treasures Cody Bellinger RC Auto Patch #192 /49

The 2017 Panini National Treasures Cody Bellinger Rookie Card arrived in packs in the form of a redemption. The final card has an autograph and a jumbo swatch. Basically, this is about as high-end as you get from Panini. Flawless is more rare, but it’s focal point is a diamond. Numbered to 49, this is also one of the toughest Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards to track down.

Parallels: Gold (/20), Holo Gold (/15), Holo Silver (/10), Brand Logo (1/1), Laundry Tag (1/1), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2017 Panini National Treasures Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Panini Prizm Cody Bellinger RC #2

2017 Panini Prizm is another line included in Panini Chronicles. This represents Panini’s take chromium for the year. That means a shiny look at all levels, including card’s many parallels.

Parallels: Flash, Orange (/399), Light Blue (/299), Blue Wave (/199), Purple Scope (/99), Red Crystals (/75), Green Power (/49), Camo (/25), Gold (/10), Gold Vinyl (/5), Black Finite (1/1)

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2017 Panini Prizm Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Topps Chrome Cody Bellinger RC #79

Most cards in 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball are essentially metallic versions of their flagship card. But Cody Bellinger debuted too late to appear in Series 1 or Series 2 so this represents an entirely new card no matter how you look at it. It’s also among his first cards. In addition to the base Rookie Card, the 2017 Topps Chrome Cody Bellinger has a full rainbow of Refractors parallels plus a Rookie Autograph, which also has no shortage of Refractors.

Parallels: Refractors, Negative Refractors, Pink Refractors, Sepia Refractors, Prism Refractors, X-Fractors, Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Blue Wave Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Gold Wave Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2017 Topps Chrome Update Cody Bellinger RC #HMT10

The 2017 year end saw Topps release a handful of products to specific retail stores. 2017 Topps Chrome Update was one of them, available only at Target. Sold in small blasters, the set was a quick sellout, thanks in part to Bellinger and the overall strength of the year’s rookie class. Although the set maintains the same design as 2017 Topps Chrome, the numbering is different.

Parallels: Refractors (/250), X-fractors (/99), Red Refractors (/25), Gold Refractors (/50), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2017 Topps Chrome Update Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Topps Diamond Icons Cody Bellinger RC Autograph #AU-CBE /25

2017 Topps Diamond Icons marked the line’s debut. It’s one of a growing number of ultra high-end products in their portfolio. For Bellinger, that means an autographed Rookie Card numbered to 25. Or does it?

Included in packs as a redemption, it’s possible the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year doesn’t have a base version. All those that surfaced online in the first few months following the set’s release were parallels or other inserts. If that turns out to be the case, then Bellinger doesn’t have an RC in Diamond Icons.

Parallels: Purple (/10), Red (/5), Gold (1/1)

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2017 Topps Dynasty Cody Bellinger RC Auto Patch #AP-CB1 – AP-CB6 /10

Cody Bellinger has six different cards in 2017 Topps Dynasty. Numbered to just 10 copies each, all of them come with both an autograph and a jumbo patch. That gives the cards the trifecta of a signature, swatch and the distinction of being the rarest Cody Bellinger Rookie Card all wrapped into one.

But with six different cards to choose from, the rarity is a bit askew. Make no doubt, they’re still extremely rare. When you put all the versions together as well as all their parallels, there are still less than 100 total Bellinger cards in 2017 Dynasty.

Cards were included in boxs as redemptions.

Parallels: Gold (/5), Blue (1/1)

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2017 Topps Fire Cody Bellinger RC #121

The 2017 Topps Fire Cody Bellinger stands out. It’s anything but nostalgic. It’s also part of a Target-exclusive product. Although Fire has been used as the basis of standalone releases in other sports, this marks the first time it got a full set in baseball outside of inserts and online mini sets.

Despite its Target-only release, this isn’t a rare card. For some, it’s might be a little more difficult to track down if they don’t have a Target nearby or their local shop sold out before they had a chance to find some.

Parallels: Blue Chip, Flame, Gold Minted, Onyx, Orange (/299), Green (/199), Purple (/99), Magenta (/25), Inferno (1/1)

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2017 Topps Fire Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Topps Five Star Cody Bellinger RC Autograph #FSA-CB

Like a lot of Cody Bellinger autograph cards released in the latter part of the season, his 2017 Topps Five Star Rookie Card was a redemption. The final card hashave an on-card signature and lots of intricate foil incorporated into the signing area.

When Five Star debuted, it was the top of Topps’ high-end sets. It’s still up there, but multiple products have surpassed it in the past couple of years.

Parallels: Purple (/50), Blue (/25), Green (/15), Gold (/10), Orange (/5), Red (1/1)

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2017 Topps Gallery Cody Bellinger RC #143

2017 saw several retail exclusives. One of them was the return of Topps Gallery. Sold originally only at Walmart, the focal point of the release was original art. All of the cards, inserts and base, use drawings and paintings instead of photos. It’s not a high-end concept but it does help it standout. Similar to other retail exclusives like Bowman Platinum and Topps Fire, rarity isn’t much of an issue.

Parallels: Artist Proof, Canvas, Private Issue (/250), Green (/99), Blue (/50), Orange (/25), Artist Originals (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Red (1/1)

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2017 Topps Gold Label Class 1 Cody Bellinger RC #19

The 2017 Topps Gold Label Cody Bellinger Rookie Card is a bit of a throwback. After more than a decade away, Topps brought the brand back in 2016. It’s highlighted by a tiered base set that has three different levels, or classes. Although they’re generally the same, the background photos are different on each player’s cards. Class 1 cards are the most common. That makes this the RC for Bellinger.

Parallels: Black, Blue (/150), Red (/75), Gold (1/1)

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2017 Topps Heritage Cody Bellinger RC #678

The 2017 Topps Heritage Cody Bellinger Rookie Card is found in High Number packs. The retro-themed card is based on the 1968 design and expands the main 2017 Heritage release. Traditionally, this is an extremely popular brand with a wide range of collectors. So while not the most valuable card, don’t be shocked if it’s more than many of Bellinger’s other more common Rookies.

In addition to the parallels, the card has three different variations. The most obvious has an action photo. The Color Swap Variation has a black circle instead of a red one on the front. Finally, there’s a rare Error variation that simply has “Dodgers” in white on the front instead of yellow.

Parallels: Mini (/100), Blue (50 copies), Bright Yellow Back (25 copies), Gray Back (10 copies), Reverse Stock (5 copies)

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2017 Topps Heritage Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Topps High Tek Cody Bellinger RC #HT-CBE

For those who like their cards wild and with lots of possibilities, there’s the 2017 Topps High Tek Cody Bellinger Rookie Card. The acetate stock and foil background pattern are just the beginning. On top of all the traditional color parallels, High Tek comes with lots of background variations. On the one hand, it leads to an extensive chase for those wanting everything. But it can also be daunting to keep track of the patterns and their rarities.

Parallels: Blackout, Blackout Braid, Braid, Camo Stripes, Hexagon Circle, Spiral Grid, Squiggle, Stadium, Tidal Diffractors, Tidal Diffractors (/250), Green Rainbow (/99), Blue Rainbow (/75), Orange Magma (/25), Snowflake SpecTEKular Diffractor (/15), Red Orbit Diffractor (/10), Gold Galactic Diffractor (1/1), Radiant Swirl Gold Galactic Diffractor (1/1)

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2017 Topps Transcendent Cody Bellinger RC #46 /87

2017 Topps Transcendent Baseball is the highest of the high-end. While much of its original $25,000 cost came from the large number of superstar autographs in each box, that’s not all there is. Boxes also include a full base set. Numbered to just 87, this Cody Bellinger Rookie Card has an elegant design that includes a layered wood border and a metal frame around the outside. The wood is a nod to 1987 Topps Baseball, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

Not a cheap card, its value stems in part from its rarity. The prestige of the product is also a key factor with the card.

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2017 Topps Transcendent Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Topps Update Cody Bellinger RC #US50

Cody Bellinger has a lot of cards in 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball. But most are subset cards for things like the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. The Rookie Card is number US50 and has him taking a mighty swing. If that weren’t enough, #US50 has a pair of variations. The one picturing Bellinger cross home surrounded by teammates is much tougher than the common card but one of the product’s easier variants. The second short print, which shows Bellinger point up, is extremely tough.

Although not the most valuable Cody Bellinger Rookie Card, 2017 Topps Update has the benefit of featuring his flagship RC. There’s lots of history in the brand that goes with it. And that means something to a lot of collectors.

Parallels: Black and White Negative, Rainbow Foil, Toys ‘R’ Us Purple, Gold (/2017), Vintage Stock (/99), Black (/66), Father’s Day Blue (/50), Mother’s Day Pink (/50), Memorial Day Camo (/25), Clear (/10), Platinum (1/1), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1)

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2017 Topps Update Cody Bellinger Rookie Card

2017 Topps Walmart Holiday Snowflake Cody Bellinger RC #HMW120

2017 Topps Walmart Holiday Snowflake puts a wintery spin on the year’s flagship set. Available only in blasters at Walmart, the set isn’t overly rare but there is some exclusivity with its distribution. For the set’s Cody Bellinger Rookie Card, it also has the benefit of a new photo, something that can’t be said for a lot of players on the abbreviated checklist. While that might not translate into a big price premium, it does make for a interesting card.

Parallels: Metallic

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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 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Cody Bellinger #RA-CB

In addition to his base card, 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball also has Cody Bellinger among the Rookie Autographs. Signed on-card, the insert set has a fairly long-standing history with the chromium brand. Packs have a mix of live versions and redemptions.

Parallels: Refractors (/499), Purple Refractors (/250), Blue Refractors (/150), Green Refractors (/99), Blue Wave Refractors (/75), Gold Refractors (/50), Orange Refractors (/25), X-Fractors (/20), Red Refractors (/5), Printing Plates Black (1/1), Printing Plates Cyan (1/1), Printing Plates Magenta (1/1), Printing Plates Yellow (1/1), Superfractors (1/1)

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2017 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs Cody Bellinger Purple Refractor

2017 Topps Now Cody Bellinger

Given his hot MLB start, it shouldn’t be surprising that Bellinger got 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. In the months that followed, many Bellinger moments were also highlighted in the on-demand set.

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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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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Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Michael L Pereira 10 May, 2017 at 06:14

    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. Troy Estrema 25 July, 2017 at 21:40

    I have the 2017 Bowman Platinum cuts auto Superfractor! Have know idea of the range this will go for?! If his only other previous auto from 2015 Bowman chrome has only shown up at best in orange refractor form #’d out of /25 with a low $ tag of $9500 and a high of $15000! Can you imagine the price of a red or the superfractor of his 2015 bowman chrome? I mean look at some other big name rookies Auto Supers and what they sold for Strasburg, Trout, Harper, Bryant. They were in the $20k plus! Makes me wonder how much my die cut auto super rc the very first of his to emerge is worth? He is absolutely smashing everything, by the end of the season maybe my card will be seen by the public masses and we will let them decide.

  3. Jason 1 August, 2017 at 16:04

    Oh come on guys. Your list includes 3 redemptions, one exclusive card from the National convention, 2 cards coming out TOMORROW and 7 on-demand cards that we never in a box or pack to begin with.

    Just say “So far he only has 7 real cards” and be done with it.

    • Ryan Cracknell 1 August, 2017 at 22:56

      @Jason He has a lot more than is listed here. A variety of options are listed as many collectors are looking for a quick way to scan through key choices. In today’s hobby, that means more than RCs. That said, the RCs are at the top and will remain that way to keep things organized and minimize confusion. Online exclusives are just as “real” as any other pack-inserted card. Official release dates are often not the actual release date as far as the secondary market goes (hence the live images).

  4. Troy Estrema 16 August, 2017 at 21:03

    Just finished my rainbow of 2017 Bowman and Bowman Chrome! OK every color variation minus the #d/5 red paper and #d/5 Chrome red and of course the Chrome SUPERFRACTOR! Also missed out on a printing plate super bummed on that loss. Anyways it is amazing to see both paper and chrome with all those colors lined up!

  5. Kerry 27 January, 2018 at 13:21

    I usually do not like Topps Series 1 & 2 but this year I definitely was not a fan, not even Chrome that I normally get for RCs. So, the only Bellinger cards I have are the non-logo ones and Finest.

  6. Jeff S 28 January, 2018 at 23:01

    What about his 2017 Topps Chrome Update cards? I pulled his numbered refractor from a Target exclusive blaster.

  7. Bill 29 January, 2018 at 11:45

    I don’t get why anyone would buy the Panini cards since they don’t have an logos or team names. They look cheap to me. Just one guy’s opinion.

    • Ryan Cracknell 29 January, 2018 at 12:28

      @Bill — And that’s the beauty of having so many choices. Everyone can go with what they like. A lot of people are happy with cards of their players and teams and not too concerned with logos. There’s lots to please both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between.

  8. Matthew Udewitz 6 February, 2018 at 13:18

    First let me say that I have been collecting cards for over 35 years. Wow, have things changed most recently in this industry. As a Dodger fan, I really like the Bellinger cards. However, I am so confused about what exactly is considered the highest demanded card in the industry today. I am well aware that a rookie card is most important. But, the rookie card today appears different from the RC cards of the 80’s.

    Back then there was the update card set, that typically had the first production card and then the following year the player made a full production run. Both were termed RC cards, however the update was typically in the most demand and yielded the highest price.

    In today’s world I am one who thinks that baseball cards are going to be worth more than Bitcoin in the future and collect them for investment purposes.

    I understand that the Transcendent is the most limited produced card. But, of the rest of the cards, which card is in highest demand now and which should be the card in highest demand in the future and why?

    Looking at the cards, it is clear that the Elite Extra Edition is Bellinger’s earliest card, as it was produced several years ahead of his accomplishments in the majors. As a result, I see this as his “ROOKIE” card.

    But, I understand that there maybe some collectors who don’t like this card, as I understand that only Topp’s produced cards hold the proper license for MLB team names and logos. I assume this is why you state that the 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect is Bellinger’s “key” card.

    Assume, you have two autographed cards, one is the 2013 Elite Extra Edition out of 25 produced and the other is the 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect out of 25 produced. Which of these cards is more valuable in the long run? Both are limited to the same 25 production, both have an autograph. One is two full years earlier production than the other. One has the full licensed logo, but was issued two years later.

    Also, as I search for Bellinger’s autographed cards I have found a number of additional cards out there that are not mentioned in this article. Why were some of these cards left out?

    Your input is greatly appreciated, much thanks.

    • Ryan Cracknell 6 February, 2018 at 13:46

      @Matthew — This article focuses on Rookie Cards as listed in the Beckett database. In short, the main base card in each major set from his first year in base sets. That’s why a lot of autographs aren’t focused on here as they’re inserts, not base cards. It’s not a knock against them by any means. It’s just not the focus of this particular piece.

      Things have changed a lot in how early cards are received over the last 30 years. This has led to some good things and some confusion. Ultimately, it’s about collecting what you like the most.

      As far as reception goes, for the vast majority of players today, the first Bowman Chrome autograph is considered the key card. These are inserts in current sets and not Rookie Cards by the traditional definition. But they are very popular. From a reception standpoint, they’re a lot like the Rookie Cards of the ’80s when things were more straightforward. But even then, different collectors prefer different things. None are wrong. It’s all about what you like. But if you’re looking from a broader perspective, I’d say the 2015 Bowman Chrome autograph is the most popular on a broad level.

  9. John Daniels 18 April, 2018 at 09:29

    Well I too have collected cards since the 80s and when I use to open a pack of cards, I always looked for a specific. Player and if so happen that another huge rookie appeared in the pack, it was truly ausome and then the pack was done and on to the next one. But in today’s pack opening, there is so many subsets , that say rc that I can’t tell the true rc. from the subset card and it makes things complicated and frustrating because I think I have the actual rookie and I dnt and I half to go buy another pack or box to find it again it just saddens me that the topps industry has changed that was way better when things wasn’t that complicated
    Thanks for all of the topps info.

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