The sports card and memorabilia company Topps launched an initiative this year that allows fans to commission an artist to create a card of a current or Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player, and a Padres fan did just that.
The new card commemorates Tatis’ bat flip from the Oct. 1, 2020 NLDS game against the St. Louis Cardinals. After blasting a no-doubt home run in the seventh inning, the young superstar flipped his bat in a perfect arc, gesturing to the dugout before trotting toward first base.
Already the subject of a mural in Ocean Beach, El Niño’s home run celebration captured the new-school excitement he brought to the club during their first successful playoff run since 2014, and the moment stood out as a top highlight for many fans in an action-packed season.
Topps Sports Artist Angel S. Aviles joined FOX 5 Friday morning to talk about how he brought the epic moment to life on a custom baseball card.
He also had a surprise for FOX 5’s Raoul Martinez: a card featuring his first pitch at a Padres game in 2015.
Watch the video in the player above to find out how you can get a one-of-a-kind card.