Top Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and Key Prospect Cards
While demand pushed higher and higher, collectors had a little bit of a wait for pack-pulled Cody Bellinger rookie cards. The delay is now over with more RC sets to follow. However, there are quite a few other noteworthy choices to grab for the Dodgers' young slugger.
A fourth-round pick in 2013 by the Los Angeles Dodgers, the initial Cody Bellinger cards came that same season but the flood of options that some star prospects receive did not occur. Instead, many of the Cody Bellinger prospect cards from the first few years are from team-issued minor league sets. Things started to pick up with his Bowman arrival in 2015 and ratcheted up further in 2016 and 2017 products.
Because his call-up came near the end of April, Cody Bellinger rookie cards did not make the first batch of 2017 baseball products. However, they are starting to show up, with confirmed inclusion in 2017 Topps Update Series. Update also contains Bellinger autographs in addition to a base rookie.
We have compiled a detailed look at the best Cody Bellinger rookie cards and prospects to help you kickstart your collection. Additional cards will be added as they are released.
Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards
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2017 Bowman Platinum Cody Bellinger RC #76
Collectors finally got their first pack-pulled Cody Bellinger rookie card in 2017 Bowman Platinum. Exclusive to Walmart, the foilboard base card is joined by signed Bellinger cards in the Platinum Cut Autographs and Tools of the Craft Autographs sets. While the base cards are live, the autographs are redemptions.
2017 Donruss Optic Rated Rookie Cody Bellinger RC
Another early Cody Bellinger rookie card, 2017 Donruss Optic contains the Rated Rookie subset, but tacks on the chromium effect for some added spice. Although Bellinger is not in the signed Rated Rookie insert, he does have a live option in the Optic Autographs set.
2017 Immaculate Collection Cody Bellinger Autographs / Relics
Despite missing out on the main rookie group in yet another set, Bellinger does have several sticker autograph cards and some premium patches. His autographed cards come in the Carbon Signatures insert where the signing area resembles eye black, the trapped Tweed Weave line, and in the Dual and Triple Materials Signatures sets.
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Full-Size Autograph Cody Bellinger AGA-CB
No base card in 2017 Allen & Ginter, but Bellinger does have a full-size rookie autograph. Issued as a redemption, these are fairly rare but seeing tremendous values out the gate.
2017 Topps Chrome Cody Bellinger RC #79
With limited RC options, the 2017 Topps Chrome Cody Bellinger rookie takes on added significance in the hobby. The base card gives budget collectors someting to chase, while the Refractors and on-card rookie autographs provide a more pricey undertaking.
Although the signed parallels are live in the product, the base rookie autograph comes as a redemption in packs.
2017 Topps Now Cody Bellinger RC #85 (PR=1,555 copies)
The earliest option with the RC logo, the on-demand 2017 Topps Now Baseball set has put forth several different cards for Bellinger, including limited signed versions. His original Now card was made available in honor of his debut, and first hit, on April 25, 2017. Another first, card #116 features his first grand slam for the Dodgers.
A later release (card #194) celebrating his powerful start took a hard-signed autograph form with the base edition numbered to 99 copies (mock-up image shown below) and several tiers of low-numbered parallels. In addition, Bellinger is included on a trio card (#98) for the Dodgers that documents back-to-back-to-back home runs which ultimately resulted in a walk-off win. He also has a dual card Aaron Judge (#207), which honors his May NL Rookie of the Month Award, and he is featured on the Card of the Month (COTM) for June, with a print run of 315 copies.
2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Cody Bellinger RC #74 (PR=1,475 copies)
Another print-to-order RC option is Bellinger's Throwback Thursday card that features the 1954 Bowman design. Originally issued as part of a six-card rookie set, Aaron Judge is also included and the total amount produced finished at just under 1,500 sets.
Key Cody Bellinger Prospect Cards
2013 Panini Elite Extra Edition Cody Bellinger #158 Autograph #/673
Going back several years, the earliest Cody Bellinger card came in 2013 Elite Extra Edition with both signed and unsigned versions. Leading the way for collectors, the main on-card autograph is numbered to 673 copies. There are also several limited parallels including Green Ink (#/10) and Red Ink (#/25) options.
2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Cody Bellinger #BCAP-CBE
Even though EEE has it beat by two years, there is no question about the best Cody Bellinger card to acquire. Found in 2015 Bowman Chrome, this Chrome Prospect Autograph tops the list. Doubling down, the hard-signed card is his first MLB-licensed release and his only pack-pulled card in 2015. The base autograph is not numbered but there are Refractor parallels that start at 499 copies and go all the way down to the one-of-one SuperFractor.
2016 Bowman Chrome Prospects Cody Bellinger #BCP-182
While his Bowman Chrome autograph came in 2015, collectors had to wait another season for a base BC version to arrive in 2016 Bowman Chrome. Also offering a rainbow of Refractor parallels, consider this the budget-friendly chromium alternative if you are priced out of the market for the signed 2015 card.
2017 Panini Diamond Kings Signatures Cody Bellinger #DKS-CB Auto Relic #/99
While one could argue this is a rookie signature, the 2017 Diamond Kings card released about a month before his MLB debut. Nevertheless, the low print run of just 99 copies, along with the artistic design, makes for an intriguing option despite the lack of MLB logos. The card showcases a sticker autograph and a pair of relic pieces.
2017 Donruss Promising Pros Cody Bellinger #PPMS-CB Auto Relic
More bland by comparison, 2017 Donruss is in a similar situation to Diamond Kings as it pre-dates his MLB start. The base autographed relic is not numbered but parallels include Gold (#/99) and Black patch (#/10).