Shohei Ohtani breaks TOPPS NOW record

The excitement of Shohei Ohtani coming to MLB has already been captured onto collectibles. Topps issued one of the first items featuring Ohtani with a TOPPS NOW trading card announcing his signing with the Los Angeles Angels. 

The Japanese superstar’s first TOPPS NOW broke the program’s print-run record with 17,323 copies sold in just a 24-hour period.

The Aaron Judge card featuring his record-breaking 50th home run held the previous TOPPS NOW record, which sold 16,138 copies.

Ohtani was a much sought after player from Japan. While he is known for his pitching – he had 624 strikeouts in 543 career innings in Japan – he is also quite the hitter, making him a hot commodity this offseason. Over the last two seasons in Japan,

Ohtani hit .322 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 169 games.

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