The pre-rookie craze is nothing new to the hobby. From the high prices paid for 1992 Classic 4 sport Brien Taylors to the 2008 Bowman Draft Aflac Autograph of Jason Heyward. Even short performance or hype spikes of moderate players can cause a major release pre rookie to jump through the roof on the secondary market. This is one reason that collectors and prospectors are keeping eyes peeled for news of what Topps is going to do with it’s USA license now that they have it exclusively and for the full product year.
Today Topps announced part of the puzzle as they revealed a few player names and what products they would appear in. Next years potential first rounders that will appear in a new series called Topps Chrome Same-Day Autographs are Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray, George Springer, Alex Dickerson, Jackie Bradley, Matt Barnes, Sean Gilmartin, Noe Ramirez, Jason Esposito, Henry Owens, Nick Delmonico, Francisco Lindor, Christian Lopes, Dillon Maples. Noticeably absent from this list is injured Rice University slugger Anthony Rendon, who will need to show rehab progress before he regains first round status.
USA Autograph cards will also appear in Bowman Platinum, Bowman Chrome, and Bowman Sterling. 2010 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects will include players from the 16 & under team. Check out this FCB Forum Thread to discuss with fellow collectors.