1. Jose Bautista 2006 Bowman Chrome Autos
Comments: In a season full of surprises, perfect games and unusual stories, Bautista’s story may be the most surprising. Let me say this loudly so you hear it “Jose Bautista has the major league lead in home runs, by five.” Although collectors still remain skeptical, they are starting to take notice. Last week a base auto sold for $8.50 at auction, this week, one sold for $18.50 and should he keep up this pace that figure is going to go much higher.
Comments: Hellickson was a popular prospect when 2006 Bowman Chrome came out 4 summers ago. Many prospectors that loaded up on his cards then saw their prospecting venture come full circle when Hellickson made his ML debut. 7 IP and 2 ER constitutes a fantastic debut and his parallels have seen a nice jump. The ref above sold for $23 this week, one just like it sold for $11.50 last week.
3. Carlos Gonzalez 2005 Bowman Chrome
Comments: Chris Gilmore, last week’s guest writer made an observant comment about Delmon Young, his OPS is in uncharted territory and that has driven his cards up. The exact same is true of Carlos Gonzalez. His OPS and power numbers this year dwarf anything of the previous two years. Base chromes have seen the most significant move up this week and now individual copies are selling for $4+
4. 2009-2010 Panini National Treasures Patch Autos /99
Comments: This is Panini’s “Exquisite-like” release. I think they did a very nice job with the patch autos /99 (the rest of the product is meh). Big names, Evans being the biggest of all, are selling really well, the Tyreke above sold for $350 this week!
5. J.P. Arencibia 2008 Bowman Chrome Autos
Comments: Like Hellickson, we have some HUGE Arencibia fans on the boards and this week he got called up! His base autos moved up from $10 to $15 but with a good debut, they still have a lot of potential!
6. Adrian Beltre 1997 Bowman Chrome
Comments: Beltre’s appearance on this list might be only slightly less stunning to you than an appearance by Jose Cruz Jr., Travis Lee, Kerry Wood or any of the other prospects that drove the initial Bowman releases. Beltre has found a home in Boston and his .336, 20 HR, 75 RBI line is the closest thing we’ve seen to his 2004 L.A. season in a long time. His 1997 RCs are starting to get more bids and should the Red Sox be in the hunt, or even near it at the end of September it will be due to his production and these cards may go up even more!
7. Michael Pineda 2009 Bowman Chrome
Comments: Michael Pineda is a great example of why collectors like it when their prospects have only one card available. Pineda has this 2009 Chrome and a 2009 Bowman and that’s all. Because of this you see what we saw this week, Bowman Blues /500 selling for $15.
8. Domonic Brown 2008 Base Bowman Chromes
Comments: Domonic’s 2008 autos which were #1 on last week’s list tapered off a little this week. However, collectors are still rushing to pick up his most affordable release, 2008 Bowman Chrome Base Chromes. Individual copies of this card are selling for $10 or more!
9. 2010 Press Pass Showcase Racing
Comments: Premium patches and autos are still selling very well from this product and with the base of fans that racing has, will likely continue to do so. I’m with Gilmore, if Press Pass could do this with college football cards I would be in love.
10. Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Autos
Comments: Outside of Heyward and Strasburg, Trout may be this season’s big story when it comes to price spikes. His Chrome Autos, Sterling Autos and Elite Autos continue to sell extremely well as he continues to perform extremely well. It seems the sky is the limit for Mike.