We should never overreact to Spring Training results; the Japanese wonder Shohei Ohtani has taught us that lesson after being named the player of the week in the American League and having impressed both with the bat and on the mound.
Now that Ohtani is now the new sensation in the league, his Topps' trade card prices are soaring in the air and increasing just like his fame. According to ESPN, one autographed card signed by the Japanese can be sold up to $6,725.
Card of the Day: 2018 Topps Heritage Real One Autograph #SO Shohei Ohtani, the first autographed MLB rookie card of the flame-throwing, home run-crushing spectacle. The hype surrounding Ohtani, coupled with the vintage design and rarity, makes this a sought after card. pic.twitter.com/50yKa00JQT— PSAcard (@PSAcard) 11 de abril de 2018
ESPN says that during Spring Training, a signed card worthed around $1,500 and $2,000, meaning that its value boasted around $5,000 at just the beginning of the season.
This is no surprise, as Ohtani looked so bad during preseason games, now he is demonstrating his value and that he can be a two-way player.
Topps vice president of product development Clay Luraschi said to the New York Post:
When Major League Baseball players are flipping a card for a profit, you know it’s big. We’ve seen things that look like this — Ichiro and Pujols in 2001 and obviously what we saw with Aaron Judge last year. But nothing I’ve seen in the past has matched what we’ve seen the last couple weeks with Ohtani.
Ohtani's stats are really impressive so far, as he bats for .368 with three dingers and 7 RBI's in 19 at bats. On the mound, he stands for 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts over the course of 13 IP.