Monday, May 9, 2011

2011 Bowman Paul Goldschmidt BP99

If Paul Goldschmidt keeps hitting the way he has been since he started his professional career - the big leagues are not very far off. After a 35 HR season a year ago in Visalia, Goldschmidt already has 11 in just 97 AB's in 2011 playing at AA Mobile. A lifetime .325 hitter in the minors, he is hitting at a .350+ clip this year.
Baseball America ranks Goldschmidt as the Diamondbacks #11 prospect in the system, behind guys I've seen play a few times, #2 LHP Tyler Skaggs, #3 3B Matt Davidson, #4 SS Chris Owings and #7 3B Bobby Borchering. Skaggs is an electric pitcher who has a great curveball. Davidson, Owings, and Borchering all had tough AB's, many ending in strikeouts, the few games I saw them this season. Goldschmidt has possibly leaped ahead of everyone but Skaggs and has to be considered a top 5 Diamondback prospect as of today.

Goldschmidt has a few collectors out there and has cards available before his first Bowman Card hits shelves on May 18. His most popular two cards are the 2010 Bowman Platinum autograph and his 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autograph #/820. Prices for the two cards have gone up moderately this season. Expect his Bowman Autographs to sell in about the same range.

2010 Bowman Platinum Autograph
Low Price: $11.49 (April 30)
High Price: $22.00 (May 8)

2010 Donruss Eltie EEE Auto #/820
Low Price: $15.00 (May 5)
High Price: $30.50 (April 26)

2011 Bowman Baseball BP99

Also has Bowman Chrome BCP99
Chrome Autographs - $10-15???
Release Date: May 18, 2011

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