Through its first two baseball products of the 2019 season (2019 Donruss Baseball and 2019 Diamond Kings Baseball), Panini America was forced to include the first certified autographed cards of Seattle Mariners Japanese standout Yusei Kikuchi as redemptions. But collectors pulling those cards and patiently waiting for Kikuchi to sign can take solace in this undeniable fact: The wait already is over. The international star’s first autographed cards — two different Rated Rookies in 2019 Donruss Baseball, a Diamond King and Private Signings cards in 2019 Diamond Kings Baseball — arrived safely and soundly inside Panini America HQ yesterday.
The Panini America Customer Service team is processing these cards now and will begin fulfilling them later this week. You can check out Kikuchi’s first autographs in the brief gallery below.