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Shohei Ohtani TOPPS Rookie Cards: A Comprehensive Look

On my YouTube channel I recently created a video on Shohei Ohtani Topps rookie cards. One of my viewers reached out to me and asked about his image variant cards. I thought he only had a couple but upon further review I found many more. So here is a more comprehensive look at the rookie cards of Sho Time!

Shohei Ohtani Topps Rookie Cards

According to my research, in 2018 Topps Company, Inc. produced the following cards of Shohei Ohtani:

  • 36 base rookie cards
  • 216 parallel rookie cards
  • 405 rookie-year cards

The following comprehensive list does not include product released by Topps that was sold only on their website. The rule of thumb is, there should be fair and equal chance at owning said card.

Product that is only available for a limited time or sold only to people who belong to a certain membership group are disqualified as “true” rookie cards for this list.

Commentary for each card may be limited. Inserts featured are only the insert sets that contain a Shohei Ohtani card in the checklist. For the purposes of this website insert cards are typically referred to as “rookie-year cards.”

It took me three weeks to put this article together. Over 20 man hours involved. Resources for this article is Beckett.com and Baseballcardpedia.com.

2018 Allen & Ginter #100 (RC)

Allen & Ginter “X” brand was also available exclusively on Topps.com and mimics this standard Allen & Ginter in every aspect.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Mini
  • Mini A&G Back
  • Mini Black Border
  • Mini No Number /50
  • Mini Brooklyn Back /25
  • Mini Cloth /10
  • Mini Metal /3
  • Silver Glossy
  • Glossy 1 of 1
  • Mini Glossy 1 of 1
  • Mini Wood 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • World Talent #WT-24
  • Boxloaders #BL-7
  • N43 Boxloaders #N43-20
  • Rip Cards #RIP-95 /75
  • Double Rip Cards #DRIP-24 /15
  • Double Rip Cards #DRIP-25 /15
  • Double Rip Cards #DRIP-30 /15
  • Framed Mini Autograph #MA-SO
  • Framed Mini Autograph Red Ink (hobby)
  • Framed Mini Autograph Black Frame /25
  • N43 Autograph #N43A-SO /15

2018 Topps Archives #50 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Purple /175
  • Silver /99
  • Blue /25
  • Gold 1 of 1
  • Signature Omission
  • Venezuelan (darker card stock)
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Future Stars #FS-LAA
  • Coming Attraction #CA-1
  • Coming Attraction Autograph #CA-SO
  • Coins #C-25
  • Fan Favorite Autographs #FFA-SO
  • Fan Favorite Auto. Purple /150
  • Fan Favorite Auto. Silver /99
  • Fan Favorite Auto. Blue /25
  • Fan Favorite Auto. Gold 1 of 1

2018 Big League #141 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Blue (retail packs)
  • Gold
  • Rainbow Foil /100
  • Black & White /50
  • Red Foil 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Blaster Box Bottoms #B3
  • Rookie Republic Autographs #RR-SO

2018 Bowman #49 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Sky Blue /499
  • Purple /250
  • Blue /150
  • Green /99 (retail)
  • Gold /50
  • Orange /25 (hobby)
  • Red /5
  • Platinum 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Chrome Rookie Autographs #CRA-SO
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Refractor /499
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Blue Ref. /150
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Atomic Ref. /100
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Green Ref. /99 (retail only)
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Gold Ref. /50
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Orange Ref. /25 (hobby only)
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Red Ref. /5
  • Chrome Rookie Auto. Super-Fractor 1 of 1

2018 Bowman Chrome #1 (RC)

The Bowman Chrome brand, like many others, features an image variant card. For the purposes of this website and this article image variant cards are considered rookie cards so long as the card back is the same and the card number is the same. This is the case for this card.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Refractors /499
  • Purple Ref. /250
  • Blue Ref. /150
  • Green Ref. /99
  • Gold Ref. /50
  • Orange Ref. /25
  • Red Ref. /5
  • Super-Fractor 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Rookie Autographs #BCRA-SO
  • Rookie Autographs Refractor /499
  • Rookie Autographs Blue Ref. /150
  • Rookie Autographs Green Ref. /99
  • Rookie Autographs Gold Ref. /50
  • Rookie Autographs Orange Ref. /25
  • Rookie Autographs Red Ref. /5
  • Rookie Autographs Super-Fractor 1 of 1

2018 Bowman Platinum #34 (RC)

Beautiful card with lots of black borders and an image variant rookie card. For the purposes of this website and this article image variant cards are considered rookie cards so long as the card back is the same and the card number is the same. This is the case for this card.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Ice Pattern Foil Board (blaster boxes)
  • Sky Blue (rack packs only)
  • Purple /250
  • Blue /150
  • Green /99
  • Orange /25
  • Red /10
  • Foil-Fractor 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Rookie Revelations #RR-9
  • Rookie Revelations Autograph #RRA-SO
  • Platinum Patches Autograph #PP-SO
  • Platinum Rookie Auto Pieces #PRAP-SO

2018 Bowman’s Best #1 (RC)

The under-rated Bowman’s Best brand does not disappoint.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Refractor
  • Atomic Refractor
  • Purple Ref. /250
  • Blue Ref. /150
  • Green Ref. /99
  • Gold Ref. /50
  • Orange /25
  • Red /10
  • Super-Fractor 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • 1998 Best Performers #98BP-SO
  • 1998 Best Performers Atomic Ref.
  • 1998 Best Performers Gold /50
  • 1998 Best Performers Super-Fractor /1
  • 1998 Best Performers Autograph #98BPA-SO
  • 1998 Best Performers Auto. Super-Fractor /1
  • Neophyte Sensations #NS-SO
  • Neophyte Sensations Atomic Ref.
  • Neophyte Sensations Gold Ref. /50
  • Neophyte Sensations Super-Fractor /1
  • Neophyte Sensations Autographs #NS-SO /50
  • Neophyte Sensations Auto. Super-Fractor /1
  • Power Producers #PP-SO
  • Power Producers Atomic Refractor
  • Power Producers Gold Ref. /50
  • Power Producers Super-Fractor /1
  • Power Producers Autographs #PP-SO /15
  • Power Producers Auto. Super-Fractor /1
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. #B18-SO
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. Refractor
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. Green Ref. /99
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. Gold Ref. /50
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. Atomic Ref. /25
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. Red Ref. /10
  • Best of 2018 Early Form Auto. Super-Fractor /1
  • Dual Autographs #DA-TO /25
  • Dual Autographs Atomic Refractor /10
  • Dual Autographs Super-Fractor /1

2018 Chrome #150 (RC)

For the purposes of this website and this article image variant cards are considered rookie cards so long as the card back is the same and the card number is the same. This is the case for this card.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Refractor
  • Pink Refractor
  • Prism Refractor
  • X-Fractor
  • Sepia Refractor
  • Negative Black & White Ref.
  • Purple Ref. /299
  • Blue Ref. /150
  • Green Ref. /99
  • Green Wave Ref.
  • Blue Wave Ref. /75
  • Gold Ref. /50
  • Gold Wave Ref. /50
  • Orange Ref. /25
  • Red Ref. /5
  • Red Wave Ref. /5
  • Super-Fractor 1 of 1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • 1983 Topps #83T-6
  • 1983 Topps Green Ref. /99
  • 1983 Topps Orange Ref. /25
  • 1983 Topps Red Ref. /5
  • 1983 Topps Super-Fractor /1
  • Freshman Flash #FF-1
  • Freshman Flash Green Ref. /99
  • Freshman Flash Orange Ref. /25
  • Freshman Flash Red Ref. /5
  • Freshman Flash Super-Fractor /1
  • Rookie Autograph #RA-SO
  • Rookie Autograph Ref. /499
  • Rookie Autograph Purple Ref. /250
  • Rookie Autograph Blue Ref. /150
  • Rookie Autograph Blue Wave Ref. /150
  • Rookie Autograph Green Ref. /99
  • Rookie Autograph Gold Ref. /50
  • Rookie Autograph Gold Wave Ref. /50
  • Rookie Autograph Orange Ref. /25
  • Rookie Autograph Red Ref. /5
  • Rookie Autograph Red Wave Ref. /5
  • Rookie Autograph Super-Fractor /1
  • 1983 Topps Autograph #83TA-SO
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Orange Ref. /25
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Red Ref. /5
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Super-Fractor /1
  • Freshman Flash Autograph #FFA-SO
  • Freshman Flash Autograph Orange Ref. /25
  • Freshman Flash Autograph Red Ref. /5
  • Freshman Flash Autograph Super-Fractor /1

NOTE: In 2018, Topps also produced Topps Chrome Update and many collectors view it as its own stand alone product and other collectors do not.

I stand in the camp that it is not. The reason? Because a long time hobby standard and Commandment #8 says, “A player’s “rookie card” that is part of an Update, Traded or similar extended set, must not have any other cards issued within that same product line.”

The reason I don’t count the “rookie cards” of Shohei Ohtani inside Topps Chrome Update it’s because this is an extension of the Topps Chrome set and he already has two other rookie cards in that set. However, I do acknowledge and identify the the Chrome Update cards as “rookie-year” cards.

You can see the full list of commandments here: The 10 Commandments of the Rookie Card.

Topps Chrome Update – Rookie Year Cards
  • Base Set #HMT1
  • Base Set #HMT32
  • Pink Refractor Refractor (all parallel refractors available for both base set cards).
  • Refractor /250
  • X-Fractor /99
  • Gold Refractor /50
  • Red Refractor /25
  • Super-Fractor /1
  • An International Affair #IA-SO
  • An International Affair Autograph #AIA-SO
  • Autograph Refractor #ACBU-SO
  • Autograph X-Fractor /125
  • Autograph Gold Ref. /50
  • Autograph Orange Ref. /25
  • Autograph Red Ref. /5
  • Super-Fractor /1

2018 Clearly Authentic #CAA-SO (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Green /99
  • Black /75
  • Red /50
  • Blue /25
  • Purple /10
  • Orange /5
  • Gold /1
Inserts – None

2018 Diamond Icons #AC-SO (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Purple /10
  • Red /5
  • Gold /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Diamond Relics #DR-SO
  • Diamond Relics Red /5
  • Diamond Relics Gold /1
  • Red Ink Autographs #RIA-SO
  • Red Ink Autographs Purple /10
  • Red Ink Autographs Red /5
  • Red Ink Autographs Gold /1
  • Diamond Autograph #DA-SOH
  • Diamond Autograph Purple /10
  • Diamond Autograph Red /5
  • Diamond Autograph Gold /1

2018 Dynasty #AP-SO1 (RC)

Dynasty offers 4 other cards in the set, AP-SO2 – SO5. However, technically speaking they should be considered image variants but the card backs are different and the card numbering is different. When this happens long time rookie card standards are only the first card featured in the set gets the RC designation.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • On This Day Auto Patch Parallel /5
  • On This Day Auto Patch Parallel /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Dual Autograph Patch #DAP-SO /5
  • Dual Autograph Patch /1

2018 Finest #100 (RC)

Another under-rated brand. Finest has lots to offer as far as eye appeal goes.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Refractor
  • Purple Refractor /250
  • Blue Ref. /150
  • Green Ref. /99
  • Gold Ref. /50
  • Orange Ref. /25
  • Red Ref. /5
  • Super-Fractor /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Finest Firsts #FF-SO
  • Finest Firsts Gold Refractor /50
  • Finest Firsts Red /5
  • Finest Firsts Super-Fractor /1

2018 Fire #150 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Blue Chip (rack packs only)
  • Gold Minted (4 per blaster box)
  • Flame
  • Orange /299
  • Green /199
  • Purple /99
  • Magenta /25
  • Onyx (wax packs only)
  • Inferno /1 (wax packs only)
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Hot List #HS-1
  • Flame Throwers #FT-13
  • Fire Relics #FR-SO
  • Fire Relics Green /75
  • Fire Relics Purple /50
  • Fire Relics Magenta /25
  • Fire Relics Inferno /1
  • Fire Autographs #FA-SO
  • Fire Autographs Green /75
  • Fire Autographs Purple /50
  • Fire Autographs Magenta /25
  • Fire Autographs Inferno /1
  • Triple Autographs #TDA-TOU /5
  • Fire Autograph Patch #FAP-SO /25
  • Fire Autograph Patch Blue /15
  • Fire Autograph Patch Magenta /10
  • Fire Autograph Patch Inferno /1

2018 Five Star #FSA-SO (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Purple /50
  • Blue /25
  • Green /15
  • Gold /10
  • Orange /5
  • Red /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Golden Graphs Purple #FGG-SO /25
  • Golden Graphs Blue /20
  • Golden Graphs Green /15
  • Golden Graphs Gold /10
  • Golden Graphs Orange /5
  • Golden Graphs Red /1
  • Silver Signatures Purple #FFSS-SO /25
  • Silver Signatures Blue /20
  • Silver Signatures Green /15
  • Silver Signatures Gold /10
  • Silver Signatures Orange /5
  • Silver Signatures Red /1
  • Five Star Signatures #FSS-SO /25
  • Dual Autographs #FSDA-IO /5 (Ichiro/Ohtani)
  • Dual Autographs #FSDA-RO /5 (Ryan/Ohtani)
  • Dual Autographs #FSDA-SO /5 (Trout/Ohtani)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Artist Proof (blaster boxes)
  • Canvas (rack packs)
  • Private Issue /250
  • Green /99
  • Blue /50
  • Orange /25
  • Red /1
  • Autograph #116
  • Autograph Green /99
  • Autograph Blue /50
  • Autograph Orange /25
  • Autograph Red /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Oversized Box Topper #OBT-SO
  • Impressionists #I-10
  • Impressionists Green /250
  • Impressionists Blue /99
  • Impressionists Orange /25
  • Impressionists Red /1
  • Impressionists Autograph #IA-SO /5
  • Masterpiece #M-30
  • Masterpiece Green /250
  • Masterpiece Blue /99
  • Masterpiece Orange /25
  • Masterpiece Red /1
  • Heritage #H-26
  • Heritage Green /250
  • Heritage Blue /99
  • Heritage Orange /25
  • Heritage Red /1

Gold Label, Class 1 #17 (RC)

Topps Gold Label also offers Class 2, Class 3 cards. However, they have image variants and pattern variants with different card numbers. Therefore, Class 1 gets the RC designation.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Black Class 1
  • Black Class 2
  • Black Class 3
  • Blue Class 1 /150
  • Blue Class 2 /99 (image variant-pitching)
  • Blue Class 3 /50 (image variant-running)
  • Red Class 1 /75
  • Red Class 2 /50 (image variant-pitching)
  • Red Class 3 /25 (image variant-running)
  • Gold Class 1 /1
  • Gold Class 2 /1
  • Gold Class 3 /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Framed Autographs #FA-SO
  • Framed Auto. Black /75
  • Framed Auto. Blue /50
  • Framed Auto. Red /25
  • Framed Auto. Gold /1

2018 Gypsy Queen #89 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • GQ Logo Swap
  • Black /1
  • Missing Team Nameplate
  • Bazooka Back
  • Green (retail rack packs)
  • Missing Black Plate (retail blaster boxes)
  • Indigo /250
  • Black & White /50
  • Red /10
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Gypsy Queen Autograph #GQA-SO
  • Gypsy Queen Auto. Indigo /150
  • Gypsy Queen Auto. GQ Logo Swap /99
  • Gypsy Queen Auto. Black & White /50 (hobby packs)
  • Gypsy Queen Auto. Bazooka Back /25
  • Gypsy Queen Auto. Black /1

2018 Heritage #600 (RC)

Heritage is a hobby favorite especially among veteran collectors. It also offers an image variant card. For the purposes of this website and this article image variant cards are considered rookie cards so long as the card back is the same and the card number is the same. This is the case for this card.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • White Letter Team Name
  • Nicknames
  • Traded – Uncorrected Error (stamped across bottom)
  • Red Letter Player Name
  • Black /50 (hobby)
  • 100th Anniversary /25
  • Magenta Back /10
  • Flip Stock /5
  • Mini
  • Topps Heritage Chrome
  • Purple Refractor (hobby hot boxes)
  • Refractor /569
  • Black Ref. /69
  • Gold Ref. /5 (hobby)
  • Super-Fractor /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • 1969 Bazooka Ad Panel
  • 1969 Collectors Cards #69CC-SO
  • 1969 Topps Decals #69TD-SO
  • 1969 Topps Decal Edge #1
  • Combo Cards #CC-1
  • Now and Then #NT-11
  • Rookie Performers #RP-SO
  • Real One Autograph #ROA-SO
  • Real One Auto. Special Edition Red /69

2018 High Tek #HT-SO (RC)

A very challenging set to wrap your head around. I consider all four of these rookie cards. The reason? These are pattern variants. Same image, same card back, and card number. Because of this all four qualify as RC.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor Blue /150
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor Green /99
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor Black /50
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor Orange /25
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor Red /10
  • Rainbow Foil Diffractor Gold /1
  • Magma Diffractor
  • Magma Diffractor Green /99
  • Magma Diffractor Black /50
  • Magma Diffractor Orange /25
  • Magma Diffractor Red /10
  • Magma Diffractor Gold /1
  • Orbit Diffractor
  • Orbit Diffractor Black /50
  • Orbit Diffractor Orange /25
  • Orbit Diffractor Red /10
  • Orbit Diffractor Gold /1
  • Galactic Diffractor
  • Galactic Diffractor Orange /25
  • Galactic Diffractor Red /10
  • Galactic Diffractor Gold /1
  • Black & White /50
  • Gold SpecTEKular Diffractor /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Portraitek #PT-SO /50
  • Portraitek Orange #PT-SO /25
  • Portraitek Gold SpecTEKular #PT-SO /1
  • Pyroteknics #PYT-SO /99
  • Pyroteknics Orange #PYT-SO /25
  • Pyroteknics Gold SpecTEKular #PYT-SO /1
  • Rookie Tek #RT-SO /99
  • Rookie Tek Orange #RT-SO /25
  • Rookie Tek Gold SpecTEKular #RT-SO /1
  • Autograph
  • Autograph Green /99
  • Autograph Blue /75
  • Autograph Black Orbit /50
  • Autograph Orange Orbit /25
  • AutographGold SpecTEKular /1
  • Black & White Autograph
  • Black & White Autograph Gold SpecTEKular /1
  • Portraitek Autograph /99
  • Portraitek Black /50
  • Portraitek Gold SpecTEKular /1
  • Pyroteknics Autograph /50
  • Pyroteknics Autograph Gold SpecTEKular /1
  • Rookie Tek Autograph /50
  • Rookie Tek Autograph Gold SpecTEKular /1

2018 Holiday Walmart #HMW17 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Metallic Snowflake
  • Metallic Snowflake Gold /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Holiday Autograph #A-SO
  • Holiday Metallic Snowflake Auto. /10
  • Holiday Metallic Snowflake Gold /1

2018 Museum Collection #100 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Copper
  • Sapphire /150
  • Amethyst /99
  • Ruby /50
  • Emerald /1
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Canvas Collection Reprints #CC-44
  • Archival Autographs #AA-SO
  • Archival Autographs Copper /50
  • Archival Autographs Gold /25
  • Archival Autograph Emerald /1
  • Museum Framed Autograph /15
  • Museum Framed Autograph Gold /10
  • Museum Framed Autograph Black /5
  • Museum Framed Autograph Wood /1

2018 Opening Day #200 (RC)

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Purple Foil (Toys-R-Us)
  • Blue Foil /2018
  • Black Foil /1
Inserts – None

2018 Stadium Club #138 (RC)

You like rookie-year insert cards? Then this is the product for you. Base set also features an image variant. For the purposes of this website and this article image variant cards are considered rookie cards so long as the card back is the same and the card number is the same. This is the case for this card.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Red Foil
  • Black Foil
  • Black & White (hobby)
  • Sepia (retail)
  • Member’s Only
  • Rainbow Foil Board /25
  • First Day Issue /10
  • Gold Rainbow Foil Board /1
  • Photographer’s Proof
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Chrome #SCC-138
  • Chrome Refractors
  • Chrome Gold Minted Refractor
  • Chrome Super-Fractor /1
  • Never Compromise #NC-SO
  • Never Compromise Red
  • Never Compromise Black /99
  • Never Compromise Orange /50
  • Never Compromise Gold Rainbow /1
  • Power Zone #PZ-SO
  • Power Zone Red
  • Power Zone Black /99
  • Power Zone Orange /50
  • Power Zone Gold Rainbow /1
  • Special Forces #SO-SO
  • Special Forces Red
  • Special Forces Black /99
  • Special Forces Orange /50
  • Special Forces Gold Rainbow /1
  • Beam Team #BT-SO
  • Beam Team Red
  • Beam Team Black /99
  • Beam Team Orange /50
  • Beam Team Gold Rainbow /1
  • Instavision #I-SO
  • Instavision Red /50
  • Instavision Black /25
  • Instavision Orange /10
  • Instavision Gold Rainbow /1
  • Stadium Club Autograph #SCA-SO
  • Stadium Club Autograph Red Foil /50
  • Stadium Club Autograph Black Foil /25
  • Stadium Club Autograph Rainbow Foil /10 (hobby)
  • Stadium Club Autograph Orange Foil /5 (retail)
  • Stadium Club Autograph Gold Rainbow /1 (hobby)
  • Chrome Autographs #SCCA-SO /10
  • Chrome Autographs Super-Fractor /1
  • Power Zone Autograph #PAZ-SO
  • Power Zone Autograph Orange /5
  • Power Zone Autograph Gold Rainbow Foil /1
  • Beam Team Autograph #BTA-SO
  • Beam Team Autograph Orange /5
  • Beam Team Autograph Gold Rainbow Foil /1
  • Co-Signers #CO-TO Ohtani/Trout /10
  • Co-Signers #CO-TO Gold Rainbow Foil /1

2018 Topps #700 (RC)

Topps flagship has lots to offer. Rookie-year insert cards and image variants galore. For the purposes of this website and this article image variant cards are considered rookie cards so long as the card back is the same and the card number is the same. This is the case for this card.

A special gimmick card was produced as well. Also card number 700 is Babe Ruth, this is Topps attempt at making a comparison between Ruth and Ohtani. Although creative nothing about this card qualifies as a Ohtani RC.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Rainbow Foil
  • Purple (Meijer’s retail store)
  • Negative Black & White
  • Gold /2018
  • Foil Board /190
  • Vintage Stock /99
  • Independence Day /76
  • Black /67
  • Father’s Day Blue /50
  • Mother’s Day Pink /50
  • Memorial Day Camo /25
  • Platinum /1
  • Clear /10 (hobby)
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • 1983 Rookies #83-1
  • 1983 Rookies Blue
  • 1983 Rookies Black /299
  • 1983 Rookies Gold /50
  • 1983 Rookies Red /10
  • 1983 Rookies Platinum /1
  • Salute #S-54
  • Salute Blue
  • Salute Black /299
  • Salute Gold /50
  • Salute Red /10
  • Salute Platinum /1
  • Legends in the Making #LITM-2
  • Legends in the Making Blue
  • Legends in the Making Black /299
  • Legends in the Making Gold /50
  • Legends in the Making Red /10
  • Legends in the Making Platinum /1
  • Instant Impact #II-7
  • Instant Impact Blue
  • Instant Impact Black /299
  • Instant Impact Gold /50
  • Instant Impact Red /10
  • Instant Impact Platinum /1
  • Future Stars #FS-5
  • Future Stars Blue
  • Future Stars Black /299
  • Future Stars Gold /50
  • Future Stars Red /10
  • Future Stars Platinum /1
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor #51
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Blue /150
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Green /99
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Purple /75
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Gold /50
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Orange /25
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Red /5
  • 1983 Chrome Super-Fractor /1
  • Factory Set All-Star Bonus #5 (of a 5 card set)
  • Chrome Rookie Relics #WSE-4 (factory set at Walmart)
  • Chrome Rookie Relics Gold Refractor /50
  • Chrome Rookie Relics Orange Ref. /25
  • Chrome Rookie Relics Red Ref. /5
  • Chrome Rookie Relics Super-Fractor /1
  • 1983 Topps Autograph #83A-SO
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Black /99
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Gold /50
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Red /25
  • 1983 Topps Autograph Platinum /1
  • Salute Autograph #SA-SO
  • Salute Autograph Red /25
  • Salute Autograph Platinum /1
  • Legends in the Making Autograph #LITMA-SO (retail)
  • Instant Impact Autographs #IIA-SO
  • Future Stars Autograph #FTA-SO (series 2 blaster box)
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Autograph #83A-51
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Autograph Orange Ref. /25
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Autograph Red Ref. /10
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Autograph Super-Fractor /1

Yet another image variant rookie card is found in the Complete Factory Set. Same card back and same card number so it qualifies as an RC.

Parallels (Rookie Cards)
  • Chrome
  • Chrome Gold Refractor /50
  • Orange Refractor /25
  • Red Refractor /5
  • Super-Fractor /1
Inserts – None

NOTE: In 2018, Topps also produced Topps Update and many collectors view it as its own stand alone product and other collectors do not.

I stand in the camp that it is not. The reason? Because a long time hobby standard and Commandment #8 says, “A player’s “rookie card” that is part of an Update, Traded or similar extended set, must not have any other cards issued within that same product line.”

The reason I don’t count the “rookie cards” of Shohei Ohtani inside Topps Update it’s because this is an extension of the Topps set and he already has four other rookie cards in that set. However, I do acknowledge and identify the the Update cards as “rookie-year” cards.

You can see the full list of commandments here: The 10 Commandments of the Rookie Card.

Topps Update – Rookie Year Cards
  • Base Set #US1
  • Base Set Image Variant #US1 (red pullover)
  • Base Set Image Variant #US1 (white jersey)
  • Base Set Image Variant #US1 (batting)
  • Base Set #US189 Checklist
  • Base Set #US285 Rookie Debut
  • Rainbow Foil
  • Negative Black & White
  • Gold /2018
  • Vintage Stock /99
  • Independence Day /76
  • Black /66
  • Father’s Day Powder Blue /50
  • Mother’s Day Hot Pink /50
  • Memorial Day Camo /25
  • Platinum /1
  • Clear #US1 /10
  • 1983 Topps #83-2
  • 1983 Topps Blue
  • 1983 Topps Black /299
  • 1983 Topps Gold /50
  • 1983 Topps Red /10
  • 1983 Topps Platinum /1
  • Salute #S-39
  • Salute Blue
  • Salute Black /299
  • Salute Gold /50
  • Salute Red /10
  • Salute Platinum /1
  • Legends in the Making #LITM-21
  • Legends in the Making Blue
  • Legends in the Making Black /299
  • Legends in the Making Gold /50
  • Legends in the Making Red /10
  • Legends in the Making Platinum /1
  • An International Affair #IA-23
  • An International Affair Blue
  • An International Affair Black /299
  • An International Affair Gold /50
  • An International Affair Red /10
  • An International Affair Platinum /1
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor #145
  • 1983 Chrome Refractor Autograph #145
  • Autograph #BSPA-SO
  • Rookie Autograph #BSRA-SO
  • 1983 Topps Autograph #83A-SO
  • Salute Autograph #SA-SO
  • An International Affair Autograph #IAA-SO /5
  • Legends in the Making Autograph #LITMA-SO

2018 Transcendent #10 (RC)

Parallels – None
Inserts (Rookie-Year Cards)
  • Origins Sketch Reproductions #OS-SO /83
  • Transcendent Autograph #TCA-SO1 /25 (vertical)
  • Transcendent Autograph Emerald /15 (vertical)
  • Transcendent Autograph Purple /10 (vertical)
  • Transcendent Autograph Red /1 (vertical)
  • Transcendent Autograph Platinum /1 (vertical)
  • Transcendent Autograph #TCA-SO2 /25 (horizontal)
  • Transcendent Autograph Emerald /15 (horizontal)
  • Transcendent Autograph Purple /10 (horizontal)
  • Transcendent Autograph Red /1 (horizontal)
  • Transcendent Autograph Platinum /1 (horizontal)
  • 1952 Super-Fractor Autograph #52S-SO /1

Happy Collecting Collectors,

Victor.