As the release date to 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball has drawn closer, there has been some speculation about the checklist. Specifically, whether Shohei Ohtani would be included in some form and what that would look like.
Well, he is with both an autograph and a short-printed base variation.
Topps confirmed the news via their blog.
Like all 2018 Heritage cards, the design for the Ohtani autograph is based on 1969 Topps Baseball. It’s available in hobby and retail packs.
The 2018 Topps Heritage Shohei Ohtani SP base card has him as a pitcher. This card is exclusive to hobby as it’s part of the Action Image Variations checklist. Ohtani does not have a main base set card to go with it.
According to Topps, the two-way Japanese star will have a second card, this time as a batter, in 2018 Topps Heritage High Number.