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2010 Bowman Draft Blaster Break

January 16, 2011 Leave a comment

My next weekend retail break is a blaster of 2010 Bowman Draft Baseball. I got this at Target and it was $19.99, as expected.

This product is exactly what you’d expect, mostly base Bowman and Bowman prospect cards with two chrome cards per pack. I ended up with a base refractor, two purple refractors and a blue refractor. Sadly, no autographed cards came out of this blaster.

Even though I didn’t get any autographs, I did end up with some nice cards from this blaster. The best card was a blue refractor /199 of Christian Colon. He’s actually one of the players I collect so I was really happy to see this card. I got Jason Heyward Bowman base and chrome rookies. I also got a base Bowman rookie of Buster Posey. Overall, not a bad blaster.

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Prospect Mail Day!

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment


Another day, another card from my 2011 priority purchase list. This one is from the list of prospects that I’m trying to load up on before the season starts. The card pictured is a 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Jarrod Parker graded BGS 9.5 gem mint.

This is my first gem mint copy of this card. I already owned a BGS 9, but have been looking for a 9.5 ever since I picked up the 9. I also have six ungraded copies of this card, one was purchased on eBay a couple days before I picked up the 9.5.

Parker was selected 9th over in the 2007 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was on the fast track from high school to the majors like fellow 2007 draftee Rick Porcello before injuring his elbow and getting shelved with Tommy John surgery. Parker is back, healthy and ready to resume his career at AA Mobile in 2011. The DBacks have stated that Parker can earn a spot on their roster coming out of spring training if he can demonstrate that he’s back to 100%. I don’t see that happening. The DBacks aren’t going anywhere this year and have no reason to rush Parker.

Baseball America has rated Parker as the DBacks #1 prospect since 2009. It says a lot about his talent that they kept him at #1 in 2010 despite his elbow injury. Their 2011 DBacks Top 10 isn’t releasing until January 17th. Parker will almost assuredly be #1 again.

2011 Bowman Baseball Sell Sheet and Checklist Released

January 6, 2011 2 comments

This is always an exciting one to look over. I’m pumped because Pedro Alvarez will finally have a Pirates card. To date, Topps has only made an eTopps card of him in his Pirates uniform and a Pro Debut card of him in his Lynchburg Hillcats uniform (A ball).

It looks like there will all sorts of fun stuff in this product. Last year’s product went through the roof because of Strasburg’s rookie. I don’t think we’ll see 2011 go as high as 2010, but it will still be pricey because of the Bryce Harper cards. There’s also a lot of chatter already about the Brandon Belt autograph.

Head on over to the Blowout Cards forums to check out the 2011 Bowman Chrome Sell Sheet & Checklist.

Top search terms on eBay

January 2, 2011 Leave a comment

There’s a great site called What’s Hot Weekly that provides really interesting eBay data like most watched items and top search terms. You’re able to drill down by category so I always head to Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball. I check the most watched items at least once a week. You’ll find some amazing cards when you search the list.

Today was the first time that I’ve used the Most Searched feature. I found it very interesting when I looked up the top 10 searches in the Sports Mem, Cards & Fan Shop > Cards > Baseball category.

auto
mickey mantle
stephen strasburg
lot
2010 bowman
topps
psa
2010 allen ginter
strasburg
triple threads

The thing that immediately struck me is that Stephen Strasburg appears in the list twice. His full name and his last name appear separately. Even though he won’t come near a major league mound until 2012 his cards continue to be very popular. Collectors obviously aren’t scared off by his injury.

Another thing that really jumped out at me was the position of BGS relative to PSA. PSA, as you can see in the list, appeared as the 7th most popular search. BGS was way down at 116th. SGC even appeared higher in the list. BGS used to be toughest and most respected grading company on the market when they first launched their service. Since then, the BGS 9.5 grade has lost its luster as it has become a fairly easy grade to obtain.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2010: Number 8

December 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Well how do you like that? Another Aflac card. Like I said yesterday, I love these cards because it’s the very first card produced of every player in the set and the regular versions are limited to 250 copies. These cards are handed out at the Aflac All-American game so it can be challenging to find nice mint copies.

I picked up this Matt Purke BGS 9.5 on eBay early on in the 2010 college baseball season. I’m not quite sure what this card would go for today as you never see them. I just know that I was really excited to find this card, let alone graded BGS 9.5 gem mint.

TCU will enter the 2011 NCAA Baseball season ranked #1 in the country. Purke will look to build on his incredible 2010 freshman season where he went 16-0 with a 3.02 ERA and 142 strikeouts with just 34 walks. Two of those wins came in the College World Series where he went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA.

Purke was drafted 14th overall by the Texas Rangers in the 2009 MLB Draft, but Texas failed to sign him. You can be sure that he’ll go higher than 14th if he decides to enter the 2011 MLB Draft in June.

My 10 Favorite Card Purchases of 2010: Number 9

December 27, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s funny, the first two cards I’m posting are of prospects in the Minnesota Twins organization, but that’s not my favorite team.

This is a card that I searched almost two years for. Topps/Bowman puts out their Aflac All-American set every year, only producing 250 of each card. More common promotional versions were released in 2006 and 2007 and I already had one of those. Landing the regular version at a reasonable price always eluded me. It wasn’t until Hicks had a slow start to his 2010 that I was able to pick one up.

I’m a big fan of the Aflac cards as they’re always going to be the first card produced of any player featured in the set. Being that they’re limited to 250 make them even more desirable in my mind. Also consider that many of them are given to the players and many are purchased back by Topps and released as buy-back autographs, or more recently cut autographs in 2010 Pro Debut Baseball. This makes the non-autographed versions one of the most rare cards you’ll ever find for players featured in the sets.

Hicks is rated the #2 prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization by Baseball America, formerly #1. He’s 21 years old and will begin his 2011 season in HiA at Fort Myers. He’s projected to be a five tool center fielder with good power.

2010 Bowman Draft Retail Break

December 17, 2010 2 comments

I didn’t find any of this while I was on vacation in Phoenix. When I saw some at my local Target this morning I couldn’t resist picking some up. I picked up four rack packs and two blaster boxes. You’ll see scans of the odds for each pack below. The rack packs have far better odds, just as 2010 Bowman did.

Blaster Pack Odds

Rack Pack Odds

I’ve included a scan of the base chrome, base chrome prospect, base chrome USA, blue refractor, purple refractor and USA jersey card below. The best card I got out of all the packs was a Manny Machado purple refractor. I really like the look of the USA jersey cards, even if they do use the same photo as the base card.

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