1. Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Million Card Redemption
Comments: There are 149 of these Strasburgs as of this morning and their release drove the Million Card Giveaways way up. Now that some people know they have received one of these, they are selling, oh my are they selling. The first couple have gone for $350 as Strasburg Mania plunges ahead another week.
2. Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome Parallels
Comments: Harper Base Chromes continue to sell well but it is the parallels that are really going crazy. Raw Refractors /777 hit over $90 this week, simply stunning. Prospectors have watched what happened with Strasburg cards after his debut in D.C. and that has only driven the ceiling for players like Harper even higher.
3. 2010 Topps Finest Redemption #10
Comments: A little bit bit of Strasburg in my life, a lot more Strasburg twice as nice. A little bit of Stephen is all I need and then lots of money I will see. Oh wait, that’s Mambo #5 popularized most recently by Lou Bega. Make no mistake though, the thought that this redemption might be Strasburg is what has driven it from $45 just a week ago to $90 this week.
4. 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg BGS 9.5s
Comments: All of Strasburg’s Bowman issues continue to sizzle but particularly BGS 9.5s. 9.5s of the Bowman Base cards are now regularly hitting $100 or more.
5. Brandon Belt 2009 Elite Autos /610
Comments: There are too many corny jokes too be had with a baseball player who bears the last name Belt. Please insert your own. Brandon is crushing the ball and now this card which once sold for a couple bucks sells for near $20.
6. Drew Cumberland 2007 Elite Autos
Comments: Just like Brandon Belt, Cumberland’s Cal League success has driven his Elite Autographs up. These were bargain bin cards until a few weeks ago. In the last week they moved from $7.50 to near $15
7. Wil Myers 2010 Bowman Chrome Autos
Comments: Wil has hit for power in the MWL sooner than most thought. As a result, his Refractor autos from 2010 Bowman Chrome which were selling for $17-$20 have now moved up to a bit over $30.
8. 2010 Allen & Ginter Case Presells
Comments: So, on this list, you have two entries for Strasburg and two additional entries driven by Strasburg. Topps Finest redemptions and Allen and Ginter presells. Strasburg minis are going to be huge money and they’ve pushed case prices continually higher, one case sold for $1,200 this week.
9. Upper Deck Goodwin Entomology Cards
Comments: Apparently, people are somewhat less scared of encased bugs in cards, then they are when they find them on their kitchen floor. These UD cards from the Goodwin release are continually bringing $150 and up. The nicest “specimens” are bringing over $200.
10. Jonathan Singleton AFLAC and Pro Debut Autos
Comments: Singleton has emerged this year as a big prospect in a system that sells well. The admittedly ugly AFLAC cut auto cards are selling for near $70 and the completely intact non-auto’d AFLAC cards are selling near $35 each.
11. High-End Kobe Bryant Rookie Cards
Comments: Kobe’s base rookies like Finest and Topps have already seen the jumps, as the championship was anticipated. However, events like this always bring a renewed interest and lots of listings of rarer rookie cards like the one seen above, which sold for $400 this week.
12. John Tavares SP Future Watch Auto
Comments: In any hockey product release this year, you can pretty much guarantee that Tavares is going to be the bill dollar rookie out of the gate. It is no different with this SPA auto which was selling for $250 right away!
Are you missing the “Cold as Ice” section? Don’t worry, you can draw your own conclusions as to whom or what might take that spot from my blog yesterday.
Now for something completely different, a card shop:
On Deck Sports Cards in Lawrenceville Georgia. (5th Avenue)
Located just outside of Atlanta, this shop provides a big league feel with a small town twist. Come to think of it, that is kind of similar to when you see the big man Gilmo, on your small computer screen. They have an up to date singles selection (unlike Gilmo, who eats his singles), and are guaranteed to have your favorite wax products in stock. If you find yourself in the area, stop on in.
- Thanks to FCB user Erich for noting that there are 149 Strasburg Million cards, not 85 as I’d previously stated.
- Daniel Nava should have made some sort of Helium Watch