Yes, Virginia, Shohei Ohtani Autos Are in 2018 Bowman Mega Boxes

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The original 2018 Bowman Mega Box checklist put out by Topps had just one Shohei Ohtani card — a ROY Favorites insert. And it was just a regular insert. There were no hints of any Ohtani ink in the Target-exclusive product.

But look what’s popped up on eBay — a redemption for a Shohei Ohtani Rookie Autograph.

Topps confirmed the redemption is legit via Twitter.

It’s important to note that the redemption is good for a copy of the same Shohei Ohtani Chrome Rookie Autograph found in 2018 Bowman Baseball packs. We did confirm with Topps to clarify the Tweet that it’s not a patterned parallel like other Mega Box cards. It’s the same card that’s already out there.

2018 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Shohei Ohtani

Topps is no stranger to surprise inclusions in products. Normally, though, it’s variation short prints. And even then, they’re listed among the odds on packs but not necessarily on the company checklist.

The highest profile of something unannounced like this in recent years in baseball would likely be the 2013 Bowman Draft Kris Bryant autographs spread across a handful of 2014 products.

2013 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant Autograph 350

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

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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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8 comments

  1. Mjslc 24 May, 2018 at 15:07

    Just wanted to get word out I ended the auction because I did not want to deceive anyone on what the card was , I thought it would be a mojo refractor Otani autograph but once I confirmed it was a base and nothing special I ended the auction so no one spent a lot of hard-earned money on another based card…Once again topps has disappointed us!…mjslc

  2. Larry Fassauer 24 May, 2018 at 23:10

    I would be excited about this if I hit one of those redemptions. At least it’s not a subset auto that holds no value compared to his regular base auto. I commend Topps on this one

    • Ryan Cracknell 27 May, 2018 at 23:24

      @Greg – These redemptions are in the Mega Box-exclusive packs (as well as Bowman hobby).

    • Ryan Cracknell 12 June, 2018 at 17:37

      @Mark – Was told it’s being done now and should be done in a couple of days.

  3. dmr45 15 April, 2019 at 17:08

    I received one of the Shohei Mega Box auto redemptions back from Topps. It definitely looks like a refractor, but it is not serial numbered. Does anyone have any additional info on these?

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