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Masahiro Tanaka Rookie Card Guide

Masahiro Tanaka Rookie Card Guide

By the end of his first season with the New York Yankees, there will be lots of Masahiro Tanaka rookie cards. From high-end to low-end and everywhere in between, there should be enough to fulfill virtually every type of budget and collecting preference.

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It is worth noting that as of yet, neither Topps nor Panini have announced an autograph deal with the pitcher.

Collectors have no shortage of Masahiro Tanaka cards to chase before his MLB rookie cards. He had several releases during his professional career in Japan starting in 2007. Topps also released World Baseball Classic cards in both 2009 and 2013.

Below is a look at all of the Masahiro Tanaka rookie cards. Consider it an evolving list that we'll update as new sets are released.

Masahiro Tanaka Rookie Cards Guide

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2014 Bowman Masahiro Tanaka RC #88

As an early release, the Bowman Tanaka rookie should draw lots of attention. However, as the season draws on and collectors have more choices, it will be one of the more affordable options. Besides the base version, there are several parallels.

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2014 Bowman Chrome Masahiro Tanaka RC #30

The pitcher's Chrome debut came at the end of the season. It's not a premium card, but the chromium look is popular with a lot of collectors. The Refractor parallels definitely get more love due to their more limited nature.

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2014 Bowman Platinum Masahiro Tanaka RC #77

The rainbow foil card stock adds some flash to an affordable Masahiro Tanaka rookie card. While the regular card is on the cheaper side, there are several parallels to chase for those who feel so inclined.

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2014 Donruss Masahiro Tanaka RC #201

This card isn't available in packs. Rather, it's part of a wrapper redemption. A limited number of variations have Japanese text on the front and back.

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2014 Panini Immaculate Collection Masahiro Tanaka RC #128 Memorabilia #/99

This is the first Masahiro Tanaka base card to have a memorabilia swatch. While that, and the limited quantity, give it a premium over his other rookies, it's not as pricey as you might expect.

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2014 Panini Prizm Masahiro Tanaka RC #185

This is Tanaka's first packed-inserted rookie card from Panini. Base set singles aren't terribly expensive, even when it comes to key rookies like Tanaka. However, the ten levels of colorful parallels add a chase element for those looking for cards that are more challenging to track down.

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2014 Topps Masahiro Tanaka RC #661

Tanaka closes out the 2014 Topps Series 2 checklist. There are two versions of the card. The main rookie card shows the pitcher tossing one towards home. Tanaka also has a variation short print that has him at a press conference.

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2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Masahiro Tanaka RC #235

Simple and classy -- that's the best way to describe this card. It's not a short print, so it should be one of the easier Tanaka rookies to find. It's also one of the more affordable. If you're looking for a chase, there are several levels of mini parallels.

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2014 Topps Archives Masahiro Tanaka RC #241 SP

Tanaka's 1989 Topps Baseball-inspired card is a short print. This adds to the price tag, although it's still relatively affordable. The card also has Gold (#/199), Silver (#/99) and Printing Plate parallels.

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2014 Topps Chrome Masahiro Tanaka RC #10

Unlike a lot of other cards in 2014 Topps Chrome, Tanka's rookie uses a different photo. It's just as common as every other base card so it should stay affordable. That said, he does have several Refractors and inserts that carry some added clout.

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2014 Topps Finest Masahiro Tanaka RC #75

Colorful, chromium and not very expensive -- that sums up Tanaka's Finest rookie card. Since he doesn't have any autographs in the set, many collectors are chasing his rarer inserts and parallels.

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2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Masahiro Tanaka RC #346 SP

Tanaka's Gypsy Queen rookie card is a short print but not one that's going to be extremely tough to find. It's notable for being the pitcher's first MLB card. Besides the base version, there are plenty of colored and mini parallels to chase as well as a Reverse Image Variation.

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2014 Topps Mini Masahiro Tanaka RC #661

For the third year in a row, Topps has put their flagship set through Rick Moranis' shrinking machine for an online-exclusive release. With a much smaller print run than regular Topps, Minis do carry something of a premium but they're still not ultra expensive.

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2014 Topps Stadium Club Masahiro Tanaka RC #163

After a six-year absence, Stadium Club is back. Highlighting the release is stellar photography. Tanaka might not have the most striking shot in the set, but the glossy look and full-bleed design stand out against other similar shots.

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2014 Topps Triple Threads Masahiro Tanaka RC #41

As far as values go, this card's a sleeper. It's not numbered or given any sort of premium treatment so it's relatively affordable. However, base cards aren't that plentiful in the high-end release. Over time, this should be a little trickier to find than a lot of the pitcher's other rookie cards.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff.   His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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