After a lost 2007 season due to injury, Julio Borbon has been back to full stride in 2008. After a mid-summer call up to the Firsco RoughRiders of the Double-A Texas League, Borbons numbers have been scorching hot. Prior to the hop to Double-A, he played 66 games for Cal League’s Bakers field, Borbon batting .306 with 36 SB and 20 2B. 52 games at Frisco, Borbon has batted .326 with 14 SB and 10 2B, including going 17 for his last 44, while helping Frisco push to the Texas South Conference title.
In the 2007 draft, he was taken in the supplemental round by the Texas Rangers as the 35th overall pick. Borbon has all of the amenities of big-league lead-off hitter. Amazing speed, minimal strikeouts, and great fielding make him an ideal threat next year for the Rangers. He may never poses the power that some of today’s great lead-off guys have, however, his great plate discipline will win him far more battles than the long ball can.
The first and only perfectly graded, BGS 10, 1981 Topps Joe Montana RC is for sale on eBay.
The card is would be a center piece for any collector, being the only one in existence. The current price tag of $26,000+ might be a bit of a deterrent for many collectors, but how can you really put a price on perfection?
It’s been a mere 20 game since Kila Ka’aihue has been called up to AAA Omaha Royals, but he has made every game and at bat worth it. He is hitting .357 with 8 HR, 14 RBI, and a 1.179 OPS since his call-up.
His recent power surge has also affected the sale price of his cards. His 2005 Bowman Chrome RC has been on fire lately. If you are in the market for a new prospect to watch, Kaaihue is a great one to bank on.
Riding on the heels of Olympic record 8th gold medal, the boy wonder, Michael Phelps has ignited a fire in the sports cards scene as well. Collectors are frantically searching for the 2004 Leaf Football Fan’s of the Game Autographed insert from Phelps, which in the last week its price has surpassed its weight in Gold.
This card has shot up in price over the past week of the Olympics, reaching monumental highs of $850-$1000. Prior to the Olympics, this card could be picked up for around 1/5 of those prices.
It’s that time of year again. No, not the pennant races, but, the release of Bowman Chrome’s baseball product. Each year this product becomes more and more anticipated, and pack busters are constantly looking for their next pot-of-gold prospect.
This year product follows on the footsteps of the 2008 Bowman releases that was packed with an all-star line-up of future talent. The Chrome release features the rookie card of Kosuke Fukudome, as well as autographs of some great prospects. Engel Beltre, Austin Jackson, Andrew Lambo, Lars Anderson, Angel Villalona, and Ryan Kalish (just to mention a few) each are featured on Prospect Autograph cards that come in base, refractor, xfractor, blue refractor, gold refractor, orange refractor, red refractor, superfractor, and printing plat variations. Each of the refractor versions are number stamped on the rear of the card. I have seen some preliminary pricing for the autographs on eBay, and the Beltre and Jackson are selling for around $50 each.
Topps confirms that there are several short printed autographed cards, relic cards and base cards in the recently-released 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball. In addition there are RED INK autograph variations limited to just 10 copies each. The subjects and quantities are as follows.
SHORT PRINTED AUTOGRAPHS