What a difference a year makes. Last year, many were questioning if Adam Dunn had anything left in the tank. This year, he’s currently the MLB leader in home runs (23), tied for third in the American League in RBI (52), and leads the American League in Walks (54). He still strikes out a ton and maintains a low batting average, but he has rebounded this season on the field and in the hobby world.
Dunn’s, like Hamilton’s, rookie card to have would be the 1999 Topps Traded autograph. He came up in 2001 with the Cincinnati Reds and is now bashing home runs for the Chicago White Sox. He has always wanted to play the field as opposed to just doing DH duties, which is why he spent the bulk of his career in the National League.
Last season was tough for the left handed slugger. The transition to the American League as well as playing the majority of his time at DH could potentially provide the answer to his down season a year ago. A lot of fans have a lot of love for the long ball and Dunn is back to bashing them like he always has. Because of this, his cards are beginning to see a rise.
I have been a fan of Dunn since Day 1 and I am also a collector. I look for cards I need daily. Going to a larger market in Chicago caused a little spike last season. As his production fell off, card prices followed. Collectors and White Sox fans didn’t appear interested in picking up his stuff. This season has been a major change. His 2011 Bowman Chrome Superfractor recently sold in a BIN/BO for $107 and change. The purchaser has since re-listed the card and has constantly changed the BIN price from as much as $25,000 to what it is now at $500.
His card prices have been settled for years. As with most veterans, he had fallen into his place in the hobby and was pretty consistent. His bounce back to form has caused some change in his hobby numbers though.