Well, the day has finally come! Masahiro Tanaka has come to Topps Bunt, and has done so in what I am calling a “soft opening.” From what the article said, the cards will be in the insert packs until Sunday and then will be released out into the normal packs after that. As far as I can tell, this will not be a limited release, so do not go trading your house for one of the cards. That being said, there is some serious value in his rare stuff.
Masahiro Tanaka SR Gold 2.0 Boost
Even though this card will not be super limited, it will likely be pretty tough to pull all year long. This means the collectability should stay above any other pitcher gold, and I wouldnt be giving it up for a bunch of silvers and reds. After the mass release and some are in circulation, this should be worth about 2-3 big gold SRs or some inserts. He is a good pitcher who will score points, and I would guess that this is the type of cards that gamers will want a bunch of.
Masahiro Tanaka SCR Silver 1.75 Boost
I am a big fan of the Silver cards because they really arent as hard to get as the golds, and they are only 25% less in scoring points, which is good for where collections are now. You are going to have to give up inserts at this point, but come next week, you may only need a gold or two.
Masahiro Tanaka R Red 1.5 Boost
Currently, these are trading for an insert or two, but in the future will likely be tradable for a silver or some reds.
Masahiro Tanaka UC Green 1.25 Boost
I got three inserts for my Green and I was shocked. It will likely not be that valuable going forward, but still more valuable than the average pitcher.
Masahiro Tanaka C Base
I think this card should be pretty available, but you never know. I had 2 before trading them this morning.