Talking about firing on all cylinders, this would definitely describe the work of Panini America of late. As hard core basketball collectors will tell you, they have felt a bit left out in the cold of late. The hate has been so extreme that even fans of the product line feel the need to be sarcastic about recent success.
These Silhouette patch autographs are second in the industry only to the National Treasures patch autographs and for Panini to have two giants at the top of a players list is a welcome sign to anyone who collects basketball. I am confident that these two products could compete even if there was an Upper Deck NBA Exquisite on the market.
Last weeks appearance was just a warmup. A call up and a big fly have caused his refractor autographs to jump about $30. And to further my own selfish personal agenda I would like to point out that elite autographs have tripled from $10 to $30 and have been much easier to obtain through the entire process.
A call up and a big fly does good things for a prospects stock even when it happens in somewhere like Colorado where the national attention isn’t focused. While I look for Arenado to do some good things in the majors, part of me still has Ian Stewart flashbacks.
The NFL Draft provides tons of surprises every year. Manuel was definitely the story this year. The Bills are in need of a true franchise quarterback and after scouting and interviews they think EJ is the guy. The fanbase is still quite split on this as lots of people are even still upset with the pick. Bills collectors (or whoever is buying these things) seem to be sold, as his valiant autographs tripled from $10 to $30. I think they could go even further if Leaf would do something about it’s confusing parallel runs. The prismatic line that they do looks fantastic but does not need all of the different numbering systems and variations. Keep the high end rare, and see the market react.
An impressive deep ball, work ethic, and attitude is what helped the Bills overcome the lack of polish in this pick. He will take a couple of years to get ready to see the field so that means you can probably get his cards for a discount later. The Bills have recently come out and explained that one of the reasons for going with him is his impressive work in bad weather. I would like to point out that a workout in bad weather isn’t the same as a fast paced NFL game.
Nick is apparently too good for the South Atlantic League. This 19 year old held up an impressive 303/333/618 slash line with 7 home runs in 18 games. That will get pretty much anyone excited about your baseball cards.
He’s a masher that should hit in every level, but is prone to slumps giving him the “streaky” label. This also means he is a high risk prospect. Remember that you don’t necessarily need major league success when prospecting. It’s a pretty sure bet that he’s gonna hit a ton in the minors. Take that information and use it while you can, bowman chrome autographs at $15 are not out of reach yet. Don’t worry about the 7 day DL thing. It’s only precautionary after roughing up his shoulder diving for a ball.
Outside of Tim Lincecum the giants have a specific set of attributes in mind when they go scouting prospects. It’s almost like they are trying to clone Matt Cain.
You can’t argue with the successful track record the Giants have with developing pitchers. The 20th overall pick in this draft is looking like he’s the next in that line as he has held South Atlantic League hitters to a sub Mendoza .163 batting average. His ground ball rate is also quite nice as well. With his college background expect him to move through the minors quickly. His chrome autos are up from $8 to $15 this week.
The NBA is certainly a fast paced league. It seems only natural that the cards be as volatile. One game in the spotlight with a glimpse of greatness can cause a price spike in the playoffs.
On Sunday Nate dropped an incredible 24 points in the fourth quarter to help his current team, The Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn nets in two over times. His 36 point performance followed by a steady showing the day after has his exquisite autographs more than doubling from $25 to well over $50.
It’s a simple and tested formula. ESPN runs a positive story and a players cards spike. Bryce Harper is the most recent subject of the media giants eye. This week has been dubbed by some as ESPN’s Bryce Harper Appreciation Week.
It’s not like the best prospect in recent memory actually needs the hype as everything he does is watched by and reacted to by baseball fans. The hobby has never seen such a sustained push by a rookie with this amount of purchase volume behind it. With ESPN pushing even harder the rich got richer and his 2011 Bowman Chrome auto got even more expensive pushing to $450.
Let’s face it, dude is Albert Pujols in the minors. I cannot fathom a world where this guy comes up to the majors and isn’t a big star. His 1.183 OPS in the minors is no joke and probably not just the result of a hot start of a young season. He does strike out a bit, but the run production is there and it’s a big deal. It’s only a matter of time before he sees major league action.
His chrome rookies are up $20 from $50 to $70 this week.
I am sure there are some people left off the list, obviously we can’t include them all. Tell us who we missed!