To some collectors, the release of 2013 Bowman was like Christmas: opening packages, hoping for great presents inside the new product. This year’s prospect autograph checklist was among the strongest yet, but the odds for hitting colored refractors seemed to be tougher to find. Even $5 autographs in this year’s product seem to be great investments because they are promising prospects. It also feels like Christmas for basketball fans with the NBA Playoffs kicking off. There have been many premium games early on in the playoffs. This week’s list reflects these two sides of the Christmas spectrum.
Buxton was the 2nd overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in last year’s MLB draft, and rightfully so. He is hitting .339 with 5 home runs with 13 stolen bases. He combines speed, average and power similar to the Matt Kemp of old.
Buxton’s autograph is perhaps the most sought after autograph in 2013 Bowman. His base autographs have now leveled out to the $110-$120 mark after early sales were much greater. Gold refractor autographs were selling between $750-$850. Crazy money for a crazy good prospect.
Although he was drafted ahead of Buxton in the draft last year, Correa hasn’t shown impressive numbers like Buxton. He has only hit .224 with 3 home runs thus far. His 2013 Bowman base autographs are still selling for a good chunk of change by hitting $70-$75 at the end of the week. To compare to Buxton, his gold refractor autographs are selling for around $560.
His lofty prospect status should keep these cards high. Prospectors who spend this kind of money on a chrome autograph do not give up easy and should keep the market up.
After having a career game on Wednesday for the Golden State Warriors against the Spurs, he became a well-known commodity. Thompson was making three’s left and right going 7 for 8 from the arch. He tallied up 29 points that night. Thompson and Steph Curry are becoming young stars for the Warriors.
Because of his NBA Playoff performance, Klay Thompson’s autographs have gotten plenty of attention. Buy it nows were being hit left and right just like his 3-pointers. His 2012-13 Panini Prizm autographs /149 were selling for $15 at the end of April and have shot up to the $40-$50 mark after his performance in game 2. Also, his 2012-13 Panini Select Jersey autographs nearly doubled after his performance.
Like his teammate, Stephen Curry has also been on fire as of late. He has become one of the best young players in the game recently and as a result, his cards have spiked. His 2009-10 Elite autograph has hit $60 after only hitting $37 a couple of weeks ago. This pictured Panini National Treasures Patch autograph recently sold at auction for $860.
Yasiel Puig is a man-child and we have seen him on the hotlist before with his unlicensed 2012 Leaf autographs. In 2013 Bowman, Topps inserted some licensed Puig cards, showing him for the first time in a Dodgers uniform. His Top 100 chrome insert card is selling for $10 and his die-cut /99 is selling for around $115 and that’s pretty solid for an insert card. It makes you wonder if Topps is holding his autograph back for 2013 Bowman Chrome.
Perhaps he’s the best over-performing player on your fantasy team, but Starling Marte has done everything right so far this season. He has started off the season hitting .336 with 5 home runs. He also adds speed with his 10 stolen bases. Actually, he is doing so well he is outdoing the guy that was supposed to be their best player, Andrew McCutchen. If he keeps up this pace, he could steal the show from Cutch.
As a result of his all-star caliber start, Marte’s 2011 Bowman Chrome autograph prices have jumped up from $24 to $38. A couple of weeks ago, his 2011 Bowman Sterling autographs were selling for $14 and now they have jumped to over $20.
Shelby Miller proved on Friday night why he has been dubbed one of the best pitching prospects in the game. Miller threw a one-hit shutout against the Colorado Rockies. He actually retired the last 27 batters that he faced. He gave up a leadoff single to end his no-hit bid from the get-go. Miller now is 2nd in the National League in ERA.
As a result of his performance, his cards have risen dramatically. His 2010 Bowman Chrome autographs are selling for $55, up from $35 last week and his 2013 Bowman Chrome autographs were up to $78 after his masterful performance when they were only hitting $25 earlier in the week. A 2010 orange refractor autograph sold for $455 recently.
Like Marte, Carlos Gomez brings a combination of speed, defense and power to any team. Gomez is hitting .374 with 6 home runs and has 7 stolen bases. He has found his groove over the past year, and it seems to be sticking with him. Gomez’s 2006 Bowman Chrome Parallels have been selling for good coin. A raw gold refractor sold for $62 this past week when it only sold for $35 for a BGS 9.5 a month ago. Base chrome cards are selling for $5 a pop and could have been sold for only a buck or two last month.