1. Greg Halman 2009 Bowman Chrome Autograph
Comments: Greg was a big time prospect name a few years back, since then he’s faded into oblivion a bit as regardless of the athleticism and power he showed, he always struggled with the K. That brings us to your number of the day, one. One lonely K in 11 ABs and 7 hits, a very hot start! This has caused Halman’s 2009 Chrome Autos to take off, moving from $3 to $11 this week!
Comments: Mariner, Mariner. Nautical theme today. Another Mariner who has all sorts of athleticism like Halman, is Taijuan Walker. Taijuan’s showing it off on the mound recently too, racking up lots of quality starts. His Sterling Autos were only at a couple bucks and one recently hit over $7 at auction. Lots of room for further action on Taijuan’s cards if he continues to pitch well.
3. Tyler Thornburg 2010 Elite Autos
Comments: 6-0, 1.61 ERA and 67 Ks in 61 IP? Yeah, that’s enough to get you noticed and that’s just what Tyler’s doing. Elites were around $6 last week and now up to $13.
4. Brad Hand 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Auto
Comments: Not the Black Hand, or the Invisible Hand but the Brad Hand. One of the cards you were absolutely dissapointed upon pulling in 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft is now on the hot list after a very nice pro debut. Brad’s autos went from $3ish to $7 or more this week.
5. Brad Marchand the Cup Autos
Comments: As Boston comes roaring back in the Stanley Cup Finals, its a very good thing, from a card value perspective to be a Boston Bruin. Marchand’s Cup Autos rose significantly this week, although they vary greatly based on the patch, even the simple ones, like the one pictured above went from $40 to $70.
6. Wagner Mateo 2011 Bowman Chrome High-End Autos
Comments: When you think Economics and you think supply and demand curves, one of the first things you should consider in any market, is the maximum available supply. In the case of an Orange Refractor it is 25. This then will give you a picture of what kind of demand change has to occur to impact price. In the case of a supply of 25, the demand doesn’t need to change greatly. Thus, one big prospector jumping in can drive Wagner Mateo’s Orange Refractor Autos from $230 to $360 in a week.
7. Jurickson Profar 2011 Bowman Chrome Gold Ref Autos
Comments: Jurickson’s been hitting well as of late and it doesn’t take a lot of production for people to get excited about what was already a big name prospect. Jurickson’s Gold Autos moved from $150 to $230 this week.
8. Bryce Harper 2011 Bowman’s Best Reprints
Comments: Although Bryce’s Base Chromes and Base Bowmans have cooled significantly, the Bowman’s Best cards have started to heat up. Their print run is a small fraction of the others and people like the design. Thus the card jumps from $15 to $25 this week!
9. Dee Gordon 2011 Bowman Chrome Autos
Comments: Dee Gordon represents what I believe was one of the worst Baseball Tonight pieces of analysis I’ve heard. He’s fast, he’s Flash Gordon’s son, he’s fast, how can he hit? He’s skinny. He’s fast. Oh look, he got a hit, he’s got fast hands too, yeah and he runs fast. Thus ended the segment. Collectors did their own analysis, Blues rose from about $40 to about $60 and you know how they did it? Fast.
10. Anthony Rizzo 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto
Comments: Anthony got called up and for one game, proved he was for Rizzo, drawing a pair of walks and tripling. His refractors jumped from $55 to $76 this week and with a name like Rizzo that you can rhyme everything with, I’ve got material for weeks if he stays hot. And apparently the taker of this picture does too, as it is on what appears to be a denim background.
11. Gary Carter Autos and High End
Comments: As you know, the number on the Hot List is usually 10 but this week, we throw an 11th spot on. Sad news about Gary Carter with what appear to be inoperable tumors. In an odd sort of way, this kind of news, or even worse, death, always drives peoples autograph prices up – simply because we get the idea there won’t be any new ones signed and because for all the sad reasons, their name is in the news again. So it goes with Gary’s cards – many of the high end ones are moving very briskly now. Get better Gary.