Number Four – 96 Overall Takashi Okazaki series Honus Wagner
Takashi Okazaki series cards have been some of the best card designs the franchise has ever seen. Heck, they’re some of the best player art renditions ever. Introduced this year to celebrate Shohei Ohtani’s Japanese heritage, the cover athlete for this year’s game, these cards are player cards drawn in a Japanese manga comic art style by manga artist Takashi Okazki. Although they’ll probably release a Honus Wagner 99 overall card with his infamous T206 design later this year, his 96 card is still very good.
Wagner receives 100+ attributes for both his contact vs RHP (109) and vs LHP (106). He only has 70/65 power, but 101 vision which makes him easier to hit with at greater difficulties. He’s also extremely fast with 92 speed. Wagner gets good attributes for his fielding and arm with 87/87 fielding and reaction and 86/78 arm strength and arm accuracy.
The interesting part about this card is he is a center fielder. Wagner did play over 3500 innings in the outfield throughout his storied career, though he was primarily a shortstop. But the thing about this card is he has secondary positions for every position, aside from catcher. That means he gets gold fielding attributes throughout the infield and throughout the outfield.
This Wagner card was a program reward earlier this year, but now can only be attained through the community marketplace. He could make many budget teams and make it on a ton of team’s benches. That speed and positional flexibility make him the kind of guy you want to put on your bench.