With the Super Bowl over, two things happen immediately: One, Super Bowl MVP’s card prices go up along with any other hero’s, and two, people get into baseball mode.
This seems to be the theme of this week’s list. While Super Bowl heroes like Joe Flacco and Jacoby Jones’ cards heated up, so did top baseball prospects’ cards. Pitchers and catchers report next week, and slowly, but surely, you will see baseball prices climb as spring training approaches.
Winning Super Bowl MVP is no small feat, and after the Ravens defeated the 49ers, Joe Flacco can now be considered more than an “average” QB. Maybe he has to win another Super Bowl or two to be considered “elite,” but he is on his way to making “elite” bucks with an extension.
Anything with Joe Flacco’s name heated up, especially the day after the Super Bowl. His basic 2008 Stadium Club autos rose from $30 to $75 in a mere week.
And it’s not just the cards that are on fire. This years new Disney World’s vacationer has also seen his memorabilia shoot up as well. Signed jerseys with good certification could be found for $100 before the super bowl. Now it will cost you near $200 to get one. With his contract situation up in the air, I am sure that people holding his cards will hope he stays a Raven as his value is directly tied to the success of that franchise. His agent’s double talk has been disappointing, and I hope it’s no more than smoke and mirrors.
#2 Jacoby Jones Rookie Autographs
Going from number 3 receiver on a Ravens team to becoming a Super Bowl hero actually did happen overnight. He took a kick return for a touchdown for a playoff record of 108 yards. He also caught a 56-yard touchdown from Flacco in the first half. The juke at the end of the run was one that will be remembered for a while. Especially by 9′ers defensive back Chris Culliver. He got beat twice on that play.
Jones’ 2007 SP Authentic Autos out of 999 rose quickly from $1 to $15 overnight before eventually leveling out to $8 by the end of the week.
With 2013 Topps coming out, the most sought after autographed or relic cards seem to be the World Series relics and autos. Maybe a 49ers fan made themselves feel better by buying a $300 Buster Posey San Francisco Giants World Series Relic Auto /50 like the one pictured. Or maybe get a “cheap” basic relic for $40.
I guess if the sports fans of San Fransisco can’t buy super bowl championship merchandise these will do just fine.
Rated number one by many scouts for the 2014 draft class, Carlos Rodon is the ace of the NC State Wolfpack. He garnished the cover of this week’s Baseball America after going 9-0 with a 1.57 ERA last year.
Although there have not been many sales, the price of his basic cards are ridiculous. A base card from the USA boxed set goes for $5+, and this patch card /35 went for a solid $56.
Ranking number 5 overall in Keith Law’s top 100 prospects has possibly had an impact on Bogaerts and others’ cards. Being compared to Hanley Ramirez is no small feat either. The question that many scouts have brought up is, will he stick at shortstop? That remains to be seen, but he did hit an impressive 20 homeruns last year between A and AA.
Bogaerts’ base chrome auto cards have jumped from $75 to $85, and his refractor autos continue to go for insane prices.
Following Bogaerts as the third top rated shortstop on Law’s list at number 10 overall, Addison Russell ranks higher than any other player in the 2012 draft, even higher than the number one pick in Carlos Correa. In 2012, he made an impressive debut by batting .369 with 7 homeruns over 3 levels. Yes, I said 3 levels! That shows maturity and he should continue to improve in 2013 and should reach the majors quicker than most high schoolers that were drafted in 2012.
His cards have jumped considerably over last week. Base autos could be had at $35, but now have risen up to $50. A gold refractor auto recently sold for $460. Law’s rankings could have definitely had an impact.
Another shortstop managed to make the list. Corey Seager, younger brother of Kyle, is an advanced hitter as well for his age (18). Being a Dodgers prospect does help his value, but his .309 batting average and solid 8 homeruns in Rookie League also helped.
Seager’s basic Bowman Draft auto sold for $30 the previous week, but jumped up to $40 this week.