Top 20 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autos of All-Time

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Without a doubt, each year the most highly anticipated release belongs to the Bowman Chrome series. Not only for their brilliant designs, unmatched prospect checklist, multiple refractor parallels, but for the prospect autograph set. These cards allow collectors to get a little bit closer to some of their favorite prospects by providing them a Topps-certified, on card, autograph of the prospect. Some of these prospect autographs have proved to pay off very large dividends to the collectors. Here is a small glance at our favorite Bowman Chrome Prospect Auto’s of all-time who are now in the big’s, paying off their collectors those big dividends.

  1. 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols RC Auto
  2. 2002 Bowman Chrome David Wright RC Auto
  3. 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer RC Auto
  4. 2005 Bowman Chrome Ryan Braun RC Auto
  5. 2006 Bowman Chrome Evan Longoria RC Auto
  6. 2003 Bowman Chrome Hanley Ramirez RC Auto
  7. 2005 Bowman Chrome Jacoby Ellsbury RC Auto
  8. 2004 Bowman Chrome Felix Hernandez RC Auto
  9. 2005 Bowman Chrome Ryan Zimmerman RC Auto
  10. 2003 Bowman Chrome Kevin Youkilis RC Auto
  11. 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  12. 2006 Bowman Chrome Justin Upton RC Auto
  13. 2003 Bowman Chrome Brian McCann RC Auto
  14. 2006 Bowman Chrome Clayton Kershaw RC Auto
  15. 2006 Bowman Chrome Jon Lester RC Auto
  16. 2005 Bowman Chrome Justin Verlander RC Auto
  17. 2003 Bowman Chrome Nick Markakis RC Auto
  18. 2007 Bowman Chrome Joba Chamberlain RC Auto
  19. 2006 Bowman Chrome Alex Gordon RC Auto
  20. 2008 Bowman Chrome Matt LaPorta RC Auto

BGS 9.5 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Auto on eBay

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The Holy Grail of sports card has turned up in Gem Mint fashion on eBay. A [ebay-item: 270366061067,BGS 9.5/10 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols Auto] is currently up for auction on the site. I have seen a number of BGS 9 for sale, but this 9.5 is a rarity. The seller claims a previous PSA 10 went for $15,100, and this seller has a slighltly lower BIN on the card.

Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for June 2009

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Our monthly hot-list is back, and there is no doubt that the hottest card on the list belongs to one of the hottest and brightest young stars in the game. Evan Longoria has been on an absolute terror this year, posting Herculean-esque numbers (.333/11/49). There is about as much upside to his 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria RC AU as there is with his potential for a great career. This card is great investment and with under 150 of them being graded Gem-Mint or better to date, finding one that is great condition could be a collectors dream.

  1. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria RC AU
  2. 2008 Bowman Sterling Evan Longoria RC Auto
  3. 2006 Bowman Chrome Justin Upton RC AU
  4. 2002 Upper Deck Prospect Premieres Zack Greinke Auto XRC
  5. 2002 Bowman Chrome Zack Greinke RC
  6. 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols RC Auto
  7. 2009 SPx Mystery Rookie Redemption Exchange
  8. 2005 Bowman Chrome Roy Halladay RC
  9. 2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Red Auto Stephen Strasburg
  10. 2009 Team USA Stephen Strasburg
  11. 2008 Donruss EEE Rick Porcello Auto
  12. 2008 SP Authentic Evan Longoria RC Auto
  13. 2007 Bowman Chrome Tim Lincecum RC Auto
  14. 2007 Donruss EEE Matt Weiters Auto
  15. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects David Price Auto
  16. 2005 Bowman Chrome Ian Kinsler RC
  17. 2006 SPx Ian Kinsler Auto
  18. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Buster Posey RC Auto
  19. 2009 Bowman Chrome Yu Davrish WBC
  20. 2003 Upper Deck Prospects Premiere Jake Fox RC Auto
  21. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Rick Porcello RC
  22. 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects Tommy Hanson RC
  23. 2008 Razor Tim Beckham RC Auto
  24. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Jordan Schafer RC Auto
  25. 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Neftali Feliz RC

Happy collecting!

Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for September 2008

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Prospect Watch: Frisco RoughRiders Julio Borbon

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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.

Prospect Watch: Kila Ka’aihue – larger than life

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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.

2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball Review

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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.

A disappointing find from the autographs is that Angel Villalona is a redemption card. From what I hear, he is nearly impossible to obtain an autograph from, and has been called the Barry Bond of the minor leagues, because of his stingy habits. On the bright side, if you do get one, you can be on of the first to try out Topps’ new online redemption program.

The base set carries some of the same characteristics as the prospect set, offering a variety of refractors, but without the autographs. Each hobby pack contains 4 cards, 2 of which are prospect cards.

As always, Bowman Chrome does not disappoint this year. Plenty of people will stock piling up on the prospect autographs hoping to land their needle-in-the-haystack.


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Topps Confirms 2008 Allen & Ginter Short Print List

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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

Ryan Howard

90

David Ortiz

90

Manny Ramirez

90

Matt Holliday

90

Prince Fielder

90

Jose Reyes

90

Hunter Pence

90

Bruce Jenner

190

Andrea Farina

190

Allen Fisher

190

Andrew “William Ocean” Litz

190

Bonnie Blair

190

Bob Motley

190

Billy Mitchell

190

Dan Jansen

190

Dean Karnazes

190

Frank Morris

190

Joey Chestnut

190

Jeff King

190

Jeanette Lee

190

Kerri Strug

190

Kevin Van Dam

190

Lisa Leslie

190

Les Miles

190

Matt Biondi

190

Mark Spitz

190

Pete Weber

190

“Rampage” Jackson

190

Serena Williams

190

Todd Clever

190

Takudzwa Ngwenya

190

Adriano Moraes

190

Deep Blue

190

David Wright

240

Brad Penny

240

Hanley Ramirez

240

Travis Hafner

240

Carl Crawford

240

Torii Hunter

240

Nicky Hayden

240

Stevie Williams

240

AUTOGRAPHED RELICS

Marcus Henderson 100

SHORT PRINTED RELICS

Aaron Pryor

100

Andre Ward

100

Danny Green

100

Edison Miranda

100

Jeff Fenech

100

Joel Casamayor

100

Kelly Pavlik

100

Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini

100

Samuel Peter

100

Archie Moore

100

Nicky Hayden

250

Stevie Williams

250

Bonnie Blair

250

Dan Jansen

250

Kerri Strug

250

Matt Biondi

250

Todd Clever

250

Takudzwa Ngwenya

250

Lisa Leslie

250

Serena Williams

250

Joey Chestnut

250

Billy Mitchell

250

Mark Spitz

250

Frank Morris

250

Andrea Farina

250

Dean Karnazes

250

Kevin Van Dam

250

Jeanette Lee

250

Andrew “William Ocean” Litz

250

Pete Weber

250

Allen Fisher

250

Les Miles

250

“Rampage” Jackson

250

Jeff King

250

Bruce Jenner

250

Bigfoot

250

Adriano Moraes

250

SHORT PRINTED BASE CARDS  (1: 2 packs)

301

Felix Pie

Chicago Cubs

302

Brad Lidge

Philadelphia Phillies

303

Jason Bay

Pittsburgh Pirates

304

Victor Hugo

Poet/Playwright/Novelist

305

Randy Johnson

Arizona Diamondbacks

306

Carlos Gomez

Minnesota Twins

307

Pat Neshek

Minnesota Twins

308

Jed Lowrie

Boston Red Sox

309

Ryan Church

New York Mets

310

Michael Bourn

Houston Astros

311

B.J. Ryan

Toronto Blue Jays

312

Brandon Wood

Angels

313

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Author/Abolitionist

314

Mike Cameron

Milwaukee Brewers

315

Tom Glavine

Atlanta Braves

316

Ervin Santana

Angels

317

Geoff Jenkins

Philadelphia Phillies

318

Andre Ethier

Los Angeles Dodgers

319

Jason Giambi

New York Yankees

320

Dmitri Young

Washington Nationals

321

Wily Mo Pena

Washington Nationals

322

Hank Blalock

Texas Rangers

323

James Bowie

American Pioneer/Soldier

324

Casey Kotchman

Angels

325

Stephen Drew

Arizona Diamondbacks

326

Adam Kennedy

St. Louis Cardinals

327

A.J. Pierzynski

Chicago White Sox

328

Richie Sexson

Seattle Mariners

329

Jeff Clement

Seattle Mariners

330

Luke Hochevar

Kansas City Royals

331

Luis Castillo

New York Mets

332

Dave Roberts

San Francisco Giants

333

Coco Crisp

Boston Red Sox

334

Jo-Jo Reyes

Atlanta Braves

335

Phil Hughes

New York Yankees

336

Allen Fisher

Arm Wrestling Champion

337

Jason Schmidt

Los Angeles Dodgers

338

Placido Polanco

Detroit Tigers

339

Jack Cust

Oakland Athletics

340

Carl Crawford

Tampa Bay Rays

341

Ty Wigginton

Houston Astros

342

Aubrey Huff

Baltimore Orioles

343

Bengie Molina

San Francisco Giants

344

Matt Diaz

Atlanta Braves

345

Francisco Liriano

Minnesota Twins

346

Brandon Boggs

Texas Rangers

347

David DeJesus

Kansas City Royals

348

Justin Masterson

Boston Red Sox

349

Frank Morris

Rubik’s Cube Champion

350

Kevin Youkilis

Boston Red Sox