You know that feeling you get when something is supposed to be there, and it isn’t? That uneasy feeling of “maybe I just misplaced it” or “this just doesn’t feel right”. I think that may be the case with this 2013 Bowman Draft Dual Draftees Nick Ciuffo and Ryne Stanek card.
From an average look at the card, it appears to be your normal, run-of-the-mill insert in 2013 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects that belongs to a 10-card Dual Draftees insert set.
No serial number.
No 1-of-1 stamp.
No chrome technology.
No others exist?
This card seemingly is the only one of its kind. No others have appeared on eBay or COMC. Reports for bulk breakers, that collectively opened over 250 cases, are that they did not get one. Most, in fact, believed the card was not produced until it showed up on eBay.
Collectors are left stumped as to the mystery of this card.
For you master-collectors, this 10-card set could be a hard one to complete.
The legend that surrounds the existence of 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Evan Longoria Superfractor autograph seems like similar folklore of the legend of Bigfoot. Few believe it is out there, and even fewer claim to have actually seen it.
The fact remains that there has been no credible evidence to prove that this mythological card is actually tucked away, in a collectors personal vault, not ever to see the light of day again. Many collectors have hypothesized that the card has indeed been pulled and is sitting in a unbeknownst collectors possession or belongs to someone who may be removed from the hobby all together. Others have created a conspiracy that they believe the card was never even created, or packed out for general consumption.
On the other hand, plenty of collectors still believe this card is sitting in box, still wrapped it factory foil pack, waiting for that one lucky collector to rip it from it’s hibernation and prove to the world that this unicorn does exist.
In the event that this card would ever actually surface and become available on the secondary market has also become a topic of conversation among many collectors. Without-a-doubt, Evan Longoria is one of the prized assets to the youth movement in professional baseball, and has the stuff to make him a perennial MVP candidate year-in, and year-out. On the heels of some of the largest superfractor sales (Strasburg and Harper) in recent memory, the Longoria superfractor has the potential to reach even higher figures due to the lure and chase surrounding it’s legend.
Without-a-doubt, the Longoria Superfractor remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the collecting world. In today’s ever-connected, Internet-everywhere world, I have to believe that if this card was currently in someones possession – we would know about it. Until then, enjoy busting those boxes of 2006 Bowman Draft in hopes of landing on the greatest modern cards to have ever been produced.
[phpbay]2006 Bowman Chrome Longoria Auto*, 10[/phpbay]
One of the most anticipated Baseball product releases each year is without-a-doubt the Bowman Draft Picks & Prospect series from Topps. This year Topps did not disappoint, as the product is loaded. It features 32 different Chrome Auto cards of players taken, many first round choices, in last years MLB Draft. Along with the Prospect Autos, it is full of more Chrome USA Autos, as well as, AFLAC Autogrpahs – which are again machine numbered.
One of the most sought after cards from the product is Topps first certified autograph of Bryce Harper. His AFLAC Auto has been fetching over $600 on the secondary market with reports of nearing $1000 at release. The card is machine numbered out of 230, so be cautious when looking to buy.
The USA Auto sets features some of the youngest talent on the USA team. The 16 and under players are highlighted in the set and compliment the autographs inserted in the 2010 Bowman Chrome release.
Over all, the product has a very strong autograph checklist, with all of the first round signees, the potential is very high on a number of the cards too. The 3rd overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft, Manny Machado, has been one of the best sellers in the product, with base autographs averaging a sale price of $53 and refractors averaging prices of $72. A Red Refractor Auto of Machado also ended at $1,538.00. Bulk breakers have gone pretty crazy with this product as some of them have been breaking 20, 30, and even 50 cases to list on eBay. It is certainly a buyers market now with the flood of product hitting the secondary market.
Here is a detailed list of the first week’s sale averages on eBay of the 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Chrome Autograph inserts:
Stay tuned, we will be doing a Part 2 and 3 of this breaking down the sales of the AFLAC and USA Autos in the Draft release.
The first 2010 Bowman Draft Bryce Harper AFLAC Auto has hit eBay. Looks to be machine numbered to 230 in the upper left hand corner under the Bowman logo. Seller as a BIN at $999 (was at $899).