Opening Day has come and gone, but the baseball card market is once again on fire! “Chicks dig the long ball”, but so do card collectors. Chris Davis hit 4 home runs this week, Will Middlebrooks hit 3 in one game, Justin Upton hit a walk-off, and Bryce Harper hit 2 on Opening Day. This week’s list reflects that “collectors dig the long ball.”
Chris Davis has been the hottest hitter to start the regular season. He hit 4 home runs in the first 4 games with 16 RBIs, including a grand slam to defeat the Twins on Friday afternoon. He seemed to be underrated last year when he hit 33 home runs, but now he is getting the credit he deserves. Once considered a top prospect for the Texas Rangers, he was traded two years ago for Koji Uehara. It has turned out to be a lopsided trade so far with the Orioles running away with this one.
Davis’ cards have heated up with his bat. Buy it nows have been hit for his 2007 Elite autographs for crazy money. One numbered out of 50 sold for $100 and ones /374 were being hit for $48. These were selling for about $20 for the past month. Davis also has Bowman refractors in 2006 and 2008. These have also been selling for big bucks.
“He is the youngest guy to do this, he is the youngest guy to do that” seems to be common phrase when mentioning Bryce Harper’s name. Harper hit 2 bombs on Opening Day against the Marlins and was yet the youngest player to do that too. He looks to be on a torrid run to do what Mike Trout did last year, but is that even possible. Harper looks to have more power than Trout, but we will see if he can keep up this pace.
It seems like every hour a Bryce Harper autograph is sold on eBay, but it’s reality. His 2011 Bowman Chrome autographs are up to the $450 mark, when they were only selling for $300 during Spring Training. Even though the market is flooded with Bryce Harper autographs, it does not stop them from selling for a huge chunk of change.
Yes, this guy returns again this week after an impressive hitless performance on Opening Day. He ended up walking 3 times in his debut, showing patience at the plate. The Red Sox hope he can be a catalyst in the lineup in hopes of being able to make a playoff run this year.
Anything, I mean anything Jackie Bradley Jr. was heating up shortly after his debut. Even base Chrome cards were going for $5-$10. 2012 Bowman base autographs were up to $100 this week when they were around $70-$80 last week. Even 2011 Elite autographs have eclipsed the $40 mark. His first cards showed up in 2010 when he was a member of the 2010 Team USA Collegiate team, and those have also been selling well.
Matt Harvey is projected to be a future ace by many scouts. He showed his ace stuff the other day when he pitched 7 innings of one-hit shutout ball including 10 strikeouts. If he can keep this up, it could be the second year in-a-row that a Met wins the Cy Young, but then again, he does play for the Mets who could very well sit at the bottom of the NL East.
Harvey’s performance raised awareness of his dominance. 2010 Bowman Chrome autographs were selling between $35-$40 last week, but have risen to $70 after his recent performance. 2010 Elite autographs are also on the rise up to $55 when they were selling for $30 a couple of weeks ago. A 2010 Bowman gold refractor non-autographed sold for $56 recently as well.
If you don’t read Sports Illustrated, you might not know who Brian Cole is because he is “the best player you’ve never seen.” Sports Illustrated dedicated 8 whole pages to his story in the Baseball Preview issue. Brian Cole died in a car crash at the end of Spring Training in 2001 after a seatbelt malfunctioned in his Ford Explorer. He batted .306 with 42 homers and 135 stolen bases in 3 minor league seasons before he passed away. He was a very promising prospect in the Mets organization, and the family settled with Ford for $131 million, which was his projected major league earnings.
Brian Cole has two main autographed cards. One is a 2001 Upper Deck SP Prospects Chirography which sold for $50 after the article was run, which sold for $5 the previous week. The other is a 2001 Fleer which sold for the same prices both presently and previously. A touching story rightfully deserved a spike in his cards.
At presale, these cases were selling for $1555, and now they have risen to over $2000. Why? Because this product brings today’s stars and Hall of Famers together to make for some great hits. Kyrie Irving is the main draw in the product with autographs aplenty. A green prizm rookie card non-autographed /15 recently sold for over $2000 at auction. Anthony Davis, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant also makes for good pickups. This product could still be on the rise in the upcoming weeks.
It was a surprise last week when Fernandez’s contract got purchased by the Marlins. Fernandez is the #5 prospect according to Baseball America and he showed why on Sunday striking out 8 in only 5 innings. He has been the one bright spot in the Marlins organization so far this season.
Many buy it nows were being hit after his stellar performance. 2011 Bowman Sterling autographs were being sold for $30, 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft autographs were getting hit for $100, and even Leaf Valiant autographs were selling for $25. Big league debuts equals big money.
In short, this guy hit 3 home runs in one game against R.A. Dickey and the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. The guys was simply on fire and he showed why the Red Sox organization is so high on him.
Middlebrooks’ cards have been selling left and right. 2012 Bowman Sterling autographs were selling for $40, after only selling for around $22 just the day before. 2007 Elite autographs were being hit for $75 each, and they were only selling for $22 yesterday.
It’s not everyday you get to follow up a home run your brother hit with a walk-off home run yourself. In fact, it’s never happened before. Justin Upton launched a walk-off home run off of the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Marmol on Saturday night to give the Braves a victory. Oh yeah, remember that trade with the Diamondbacks? Seems to be lopsided now.
Just Upton’s cards have been hot just like his bat. His 2006 Bowman Chrome autographs are being hit for $90 after only selling for $55 last week, and refractor autographs /500 are up to $130 after selling for $91 last week. Not just 2006 Chrome autographs are selling, because most of his autographs are selling like hotcakes including 2011 Gypsy Queen for $50, 2004 AFLAC Autographs for $649, and 2006 Bowman Sterling autographs for $60.
Nazem Kadri is leading the Toronto Maple Leafs in scoring, and is towards the top of the NHL. He has 3 hat tricks for the Maple Leafs this season and is becoming one of the best naturals in the NHL. As a result, Kadri’s cards have the opposite of ice. His 2010-11 Upper Deck Young Guns rookie card is selling for $23 after selling for $13 last week. Many of his autograph cards have been selling, specifically after his last hat trick, but he is definitely hotlist-worthy.