Is That Masahiro Tanaka Signing Baseball Cards? Yes It Is.

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Masahiro Tanaka Signing Autographs Topps

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When he was a rookie with the Yankees in 2014, Masahiro Tanaka showed little interest in signing baseball cards for manufacturers. But in the years since, something changed. Finally, MLB Masahiro Tanaka autograph cards are a reality.

Topps confirmed it via Twitter with a photo of the Japanese pitcher signing a handful of 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball cards at a table.

A closer look of the cards was later revealed via Instagram.

2016 #Topps #Tek ! Coming soon!

A photo posted by The Topps Company (@toppssports) on

Although Tanaka is signing his first MLB cards, he has signed before. Only it was for Japanese products released before his arrival in New York. These cards were tough to begin with. Combine that with his reluctance to sign until now, it’s understandable why they tend to have big price tags.

2007 BBM Premium Masahiro Tanaka Autograph

While these new Masahiro Tanaka autograph cards won’t command the same level of attention as they might have when he first arrived in New York, they’re still likely to have a big audience.

Hideo Nomo’s first autograph cards didn’t arrive until late in his MLB career after he’d peaked on the field. That didn’t stop them from being highly sought after. Tanaka may not hit the same spikes, but there should still be plenty of interest. It may take some time to see if that’s sustainable based on how regularly his signature appears in future.

2005 Leaf Certified Materials Hideo Nomo Autographed Patch

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

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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 comment

  1. DrMitchJ 6 October, 2016 at 08:27

    Well, it’s about time, Masahiro!
    I bought a case of Topps 2014 Update speculating that his first Topps Auto might be there! 2 years later … Now I need to buy High Tek!
    Thanks for the good news, Ryan!

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