Tuesday, July 27, 2010

2008 Bowman Chrome Ray Rice Superfractor Autograph RC

Ray Rice had a breakout season running the football for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. Not only is he a powerful runner, but he's got soft hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield very well. Initially the Ravens were splitting time with Rice, LaRon McClain and Willis McGahee, but Rice proved he was the best of the trio and had some huge games to stake his claim as one of the top young running backs in the NFL. The most watched football card on eBay is his 2008 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph RC, serial numbered 1/1.
There might be a lot of Rice super collectors out there who really want this card. I am not aware if this card has been for sale in the past, but I would imagine that it will end up in a personal collection because the price probably won't get too out of hand.  One thing to note about Rice, is that he has a very nice autograph - great handwriting and very legible.

I like Ray Rice's outlook for 2010, of course as with all running backs, he must stay healthy. There were many games in which Rice was the best player on the field but the coaching staff would continue to mix in McClain and McGahee. It was McGahee who I remember would come in and get the goal line carries at the beginning of the season and that hurt some of Rice's overall rushing numbers (1339 Yards 7 TD's). The receiving numbers are off the carts. 78 REC 702 Yards!!! Wow. Those are numbers some WR's would like to have. As long as the Ravens game plan doesn't mix too many other RB's into the mix, expect big numbers again for Rice this season.

Ray Rice 2008 Bowman Chrome Auto Superfractor 1/1
Watchers: 105 (Most Watched Football Card)
Current Price: $281.88
Final Price: $1,155.55
Auction Ends: July 28

Saturday, July 24, 2010

PSA 8 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card

There has been a lot of hype surrounding the 2010 MLB rookie class - Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward and most recently, Buster Posey, have all shined. It may come as some surprise that the most watched baseball card on eBay is currently a 1954 Topps Hank Aaron Rookie Card graded PSA 8. Take that Strasburg!

In March 2010, Sports Card Radio tracked the sales of Aaron's rookie card sales on eBay. Two 1954 Topps Henry Aaron RC graded PSA 8 were sold that month and fetched $3,850.00 and $4,799.99. The '54 Topps Aaron RC currently on eBay is up to $3,000.01 - so it will be interesting to see what the final price will be.
With New York Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez closing in on 600 HR it might be a great time to sell high on Aaron. Rodriguez already admitted to steroid use and current all-time HR leader Barry Bonds is believed to have also taken the juice to help his muscle growth.  Aaron played in a time when the game was clean and many baseball purists still regard him as the true all-time leader. As time passes, it will be interesting to see how the home run record will be perceived by fans of the game. Will they give credit to Bonds and A-Rod despite their "cheating"? More likely, old time players like Aaron will gain even more legendary status because they played in an era without steroids.

1954 Topps Hank Aaron ROOKIE #128 PSA 8 NM-MT
Watchers: 127 (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Current Price: $3,000.01
Final Price: $4,604.54
Auction Ended: July 27

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

2007/08 UD Black Kevin Durant RC Autograph /99

Kevin Durant saw his hobby stock rise during the 09/10 NBA season, leading the Oklahoma City Thunder to the first round of the playoffs. Collectors interest in Durant has remained steady throughout the summer and a 2007/08 UD Black Auto RC 2/99 is currently one of the hottest basketball cards on eBay.
The 07/08 UD Black Rookie Autographs have a nice look to them, and are a cheaper alternative to the Exquisite RC's.  The seller of this 07/08 UD Black Kevin Durant RC previously had the card for sale for $950.00.  It's serial numbered 2/99 - and for what it's worth - Durant was selected #2 overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Expectations will be elevated for Durant in 2010/11 and at the very least, fans and collectors will expect a return trip to the playoffs.  The NBA Western Conference appears to be weaker and the Thunder shape up to be one of the better teams if Durant continues to impress.  He will also be one of the top picks in fantasy basketball leagues which will help improve his stature amongst fans of the game. While I don't expect the price for this UD Black Durant RC to reach the sellers previous asking price of $950.00, it will command a decent sum.

Watchers: 99 (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Current Price: $200.00
Auction Ends: July 25
Final Price: $373.99

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Autograph 1/1 BGS 9

Bidding begins tomorrow for the 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Autograph 1/1 graded BGS 9. The card is being auctioned off by Huggins & Scott Auctions, and the starting price is $9,000.00.

The 2010 Bowman Strasburg Red 1/1 Autograph set eBay on fire when it was for sale in late June. Bidding got as high as $1 million before the card was pulled off eBay because the seller was concerned about the legitimacy of the staggering bids. Huggins and Scott were brought in to make sure a legit deal goes through:

"The (seller) contacted us over the weekend and he's decided to include it in our July auction," says Bill Huggins, of Huggins & Scott Auctions in Silver Spring, Md. "It has some significant value, 25K maybe $50,000."

The card was originally for sale un-graded on eBay, but has since been graded by BGS and received a grade of 9. Sub-grades were - Centering 9.5 - Edges 9 - Corners 8.5 - Surface 9 - Autograph Grade 10. Here is a small write-up about the card from Huggins & Scott's website:

'Claimed from a humble pack by our Florida consignor, the offered 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg #1/1 Red Parallel Certified Autograph is perhaps the most coveted modern insert card ever produced. This example may look familiar to most as it was removed from a highly publicized internet auction and placed in our care. As the subject of numerous national news reports, blogs and message board discussions, the extreme scarcity of the Strasburg (1 of 1) parallels have transformed the modern baseball hobby.'

2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Autograph 1/1 BGS 9
Lot Number: 1A
Starting Bid: $9,000.00
Final Price: $17,000.00
Auction Ends: July 28, 2010

Sunday, July 11, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper USA Superfractor 1/1

Before the Washington Nationals selected Bryce Harper #1 in the 2010 MLB Draft in June, the phenom played on Team USA in 2009 which allowed Topps to produce some trading cards prior to him even being drafted. The 2010 Bowman Chrome Team USA Superfractor, serial numbered 1/1, is currently for sale on eBay.
Word of the big pull surfaced on the Freedom Cardboard Forums on June 29th and you can view some clean scans of the card on page 4 of that thread.  The seller of the Harper Superfractor, ejc216, makes note of an imperfection at the bottom edge of the card in the auction description.  Nonetheless, it is a really nice card of a player who scouts have raved about for several years. There is a reserve on the auction, and the current price of $2,700.00 had not met the asking price. If I had to take a stab at what the reserve would be - I would guess $5,000.00 but that is a shot in the dark.

Harper's future teammate in Washington, Stephen Strasburg, has seen his 2010 Bowman cards set the hobby on fire. In late May, Robert Power purchased the Strasburg 1/1 Superfractor for $16,403.00.  Just one month later Power sold the card to Razor Collectibles for $21,403.00.  The Strasburg 1/1 Superfractor will now be inserted into 2010 Razor Rookie Retro, due in stores later this year. No word on if Razor will attempt to buy the Harper USA Superfractor currently for sale.

Update: Card now for sale for $25,000.00 or best offer.

2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper USA Superfractor 1/1
Watchers: 277
Current Price: $2,700.00
Auction Ends: July 18
Reserve Met: ??????
Final Price: ????????

2003/04 UD Exquisite Chris Bosh Patch Auto RC /99

He might be the third wheel on the South Beach Dream Team, but Chris Bosh has seen an explosion in value to his rookie cards as collectors anticipate dollar signs and championships in Miami with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The two most watched Basketball cards right now on eBay are not rookie cards of James or Wade, they are a pair of 2003/04 Upper Deck Exquisite Chris Bosh Patch Autographed RC's. The price tag will be over $1,000.00 each. On June 28th, before it was known where Bosh, Wade, and James would end up, a 03/04 Exquisite Bosh Auto/Patch Rookie sold for $1,300.00. I would expect that the bidding for these two Bosh cards currently on eBay will sell for more then that. Edit: Wrong! :)

2003-04 UD Exquisite Chris Bosh Auto Rookie Patch 95/99
Watchers: 122 (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Auction Ends: July 17th.
Current Price: $1,055.00
Final Price: $1,130.57

Watchers: 106
Auction Ends: July 18th.
Current Price: $810.00
Final Price: $1,142.77

Saturday, July 10, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Beethoven DNA Hair Relic 1/1

One of the staples of the Allen & Ginter product line are the DNA Hair Relic 1/1 cards. This years version once again has Ludwig Van Beethoven and that card is currently for sale on eBay.
The price tag is already staggering and the auction doesn't end until July 18th. Current price is $2,024.99 and climbing by the hour. It's remarkable that a piece of hair would command such a premium on the open market. The Beethoven Hair Relic card is even on the front cover of the Hobby Boxes being ripped open throughout the country. It's one of the 'product hits' and the final price will be interesting to monitor.

The seller of the card, billys_sport_treasures, owns a hobby shop in Minnesota also aptly called Billy's Sports Treasures. Here is the announcement on their website that the store owner made about pulling the card:

We've decided to go ahead and list the Beethovern 1/1 Hair Relic for sale on eBay.  However, while we realize most of our regular customers may not have a chance to buy that card, we still wanted to find a way to spread the feeling that we got when pulling this card--so we decided to do a giveaway promotion tied to the sale of the card.

The Ebay auction is scheduled to end on July 18, 2010--so between now and close of business on Friday the 16th, every purchase of over $20 in our store--online or in person--will result in that customer getting one guess at what the final price of the auction will be.

The person with the closest guess will win one free box of 2010 Allen & Ginter.

Check Billy's Sports Treasures contest page for all the contest details.

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Beethoven 1/1 DNA Relic Hair
Watchers: 728
Current Price: $2,024.99
Final Price: $4,050.02

Monday, July 5, 2010

2010 Allen & Ginter Chipper Jones Cabinet Name Plate 1/1

One of the best hits to come out of 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball during it's first week of release is this spectacular Chipper Jones Cabinet Name Plate 1/1. The 2010 Allen & Ginter Cabinet Relic cards can be found in the Box Loader Packs - but are all serial numbered 1/1 - so good luck finding one.
These cards are over-sized, which allowed Topps to practically fit J-O-N-E-S on the entire card.  The end result is an amazing collectors item for any Braves or Chipper fan. It's currently the most watched baseball card on eBay with 447 watchers. The auction still has several days left and it will be interesting to see if this one can hit four figures.

The seller of the card, nobledepaul99, has sold quite a few single cards in the past and for the most part has good feedback. He also has a very nice 2010 Razor Icons Ted Williams Cut Autograph for sale as well.

Watchers: 447 (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Current Price: $395.00
Final Price: $702.00

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Saturday Sneak Peak: 2010 Panini Epix Football

Epix is Panini's newest 2010 Football set that has been announced and it features some technology I wasn't familiar with - so I'll post the official word from Panini:

Panini invigorates the 2010 NFL Season with the introduction of Epix Football. Using “HoloEmboss™”, Epix delivers a whole new look to the trading card community. HoloEmboss™ is an award winning technology which creates a unique foil appearance without the use of holographic foil. The hologram appears on top of the printing as opposed to underneath, giving it a subtle and unique appearance.

The award I believe they are speaking of was given out at the 2008 National Paperboard Packaging Competition. You can find a PDF of the Award Results Here. Its tough to see how the technology works in any of the 'photos' that Panini provided for the set - so maybe the award winning cover-art to the left can give you a better idea of what we will be expecting.

Interestingly the Topps Company wins an award for some of their packaging in the results I provide above.

Expect to see 2010 Epix Football in hobby stores around September 22, 2010. Each box will contain 18 Packs Per Box with 8 Cards Per Pack. Expect to pay around $6.00 per hobby pack.

2010 Panini Epix Football Box Checklist

These are mock-up illustrations and I'm guessing the actual cards will have a unique appearance. More photos can be seen on the checklist page I link above as well.

Saturday Sneak Peak: 2010 Topps Update Series Baseball

The always popular update boxes should arrive on hobby shelves around October 11, 2010 - and Stephen Strasburg fans should have even more cards to collect. The early checklist shows that his card #661 is inserted in this set - along with a slew of other inserts and autographs. It will be interesting to see if he makes the 2010 All - Star Game & if he will be included in any of those insert sets. The Albert Pujols jumbo All-Star Patch Autograph card looks like a winner.

Who knows if the Strasburg money train will still be chugging along by the time this set comes out - and expect very expensive prices if its full steam ahead. However increasing supply of his cards may slowly de-rail the express train. Only collectors and his play on the field will decide that in the end.

Early: 2010 Topps Update Series Baseball Box Checklist