Pat Neshek’s 2018 Topps Heritage Shohei Ohtani Autograph Sells for Over $6,000


Last week, Phillies pitcher and noted card collector, Pat Neshek pulled one of the most significant baseball cards of 2018 thus far — a 2018 Topps Heritage Shohei Ohtani Red Ink Autograph. Not only that, but it was numbered 01/69, giving it some added significance.

2018 Topps Heritage Red Ink Autographs Shohei Ohtani Pat Neshek

Neshek promptly put the card on eBay where it sold on Sunday night for $6,101.

Neshek pulled the Ohtani autograph on April 2 during a personal break of several products.

Given the combination of his fame and the importance of the Shohei Ohtani card, it got mainstream media attention. The timing probably couldn’t have been better, either.

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As the story was being passed around, Ohtani went on to have one of the most impressive weeks ever for a rookie, first homering in three straight games then throwing 6 1/3 perfect innings on Sunday night.

2018 Topps Heritage Red Ink Shohei Ohtani autographs have seen some tremendous swings in the first few weeks since they came out. Some have gone as low as around $1,450. The only other one to come close to $6,000 was a PSA 10 copy of the card that sold for $5,999 the day before Neshek’s sold.

This particular version of the card is much more scarce than the regular one that has blue ink. The production run for that one hasn’t been announced.

A tweet from Neshek shows that he might already be regretting his decision to sell the card.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks or by email.


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. JDonovan 10 April, 2018 at 09:33

    So the guy set to make 7.75 million dollars in 2018 sold a card for $6,101? That is roughly the equivalent of a guy making $50,000 in 2018 selling a card for $40. In other words, not that big a deal.

  2. Randy J. 10 April, 2018 at 12:19

    If I were Pat I would have definitely held onto it … he can afford more breaks without the proceeds from the Ohtani sale! Awesome card for whoever ended up with it.

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