Grading The Stars: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels – There’s just something about the stars. They’re mesmerizing. Whether it’s the stars in sports, entertainment or in the sky, they captivate us with their dazzling ways and continue to shine ever so brightly for all of us to see.
In the Grading The Stars series, we’ll feature the stars of the past, present and future and grade them based on their prestige, performance and promise. Plus, we’ll highlight three cool cards of a star to collect under a certain dollar figure.
There are five grading levels of the stars: 10 = Icon (Blue Diamond), 9.5 = Legend (Platinum), 9 = Superstar (Gold), 8.5 = Star (Silver) and 8 = Rising Star (Bronze).
Today, we’ll feature a man who won the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year Award, 2021 American League MVP, is a two-time All-Star and one of the best players in Major League Baseball, Los Angeles Angels sensation Shohei Ohtani.
Shotime: When Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels in 2017, there was a lot of hype, as well as hope he could be a dominant two-way player like he was in Japan. He battled injuries early on, but since then he’s lived up to his ‘Shotime’ nickname.
Most Dominant Player: Over the last two seasons, Ohtani won the AL MVP in 2021 and finished second in the voting to Aaron Judge in 2022. If he can stay healthy, Ohtani will be in the conversation for MVP every year, because he’s the most dominant player.
Future Outlook: The 28-year old Ohtani is the most unique force that’s played on the diamond since Babe Ruth. Being in Los Angeles with Mike Trout only adds to his allure, but winning in LA or elsewhere would make his card market explode even more.
Grade: 9 = Superstar (Gold)
Grading The Stars: Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels – 3 Cool Cards To Collect
2022 Topps Cosmic Chrome Launched Into Orbit #LIO-9 – A raw version of this card currently sells in the $10 – $20 range on eBay.
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