Most iconic sports card of modern era back on eBay

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When you think of iconic sports figures, you think of Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Michael Jordon, Walter Payton, plus many more. These players for ever changed the landscapes of their respective sport, and for many collectors, a number of their rookie cards have defined generations of collecting.

A 1986-87 Fleer Jordan, 1989 Upper Deck Griffey, or a 1952 Topps Mantle are works of art, some have even been displayed in museums, and many more are staples in collectors personal collections that adorn den’s and offices around the world.

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Bryce Harper to stay in college for another year

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According to Bryce Harper’s Facebook profile, he may forgo his #1 Draft pick status and return to the College of Southern Nevada to pursue a Junior College National Championship.

On Tuesday, July 27, 2010, Harper posted:

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2010 Bowman Chrome Bryce Harper Superfractor on eBay (again)

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Without a doubt, the only person to receive more hype in their young career than Stephen Strasburg is Bryce Harper. Fresh off consensus 2010 Golden Spikes award, given out to the years best amateur player, and his Number 1 overall selection by the Washington Nationals in this year’s MLB Draft, this 17-year-old phenom has caught the eyes of the media and made believers out of many baseball fans.

When Topps announced the addition of the USA set in their 2010 Bowman release, collectors began to speculate about the possibilities of Haper being included in the set – and the possibilities of the Harper Superfractor.

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Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for July 2010

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What does it take to vault 16 spots to our number one spot? Most would say a Herculean effort, but for Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, it’s just another day at the office. The number five overall pick by San Fransisco in the 2008 Draft is paying off much earlier dividends than originally expected. Through the first 20 days of July, Buster is hitting .481 (25/52) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 17 RBIs. Buster has emerged as a favorite from this loaded NL rookie class that features titans like Strasburg, Heyward, Leake, Stanton, and many others who have previously graced our #1 spot.

  1. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Buster Posey Auto (16)
  2. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects David Price Auto (5)
  3. 2010 Bowman Prospects Stephen Strasburg Auto (1)
  4. 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Stephen Strasburg (2)
  5. 1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamiliton RC Auto (21)
  6. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Michael Moustakas Auto (19)
  7. 2009 Donruss Elite Brandon Belt Auto (NR)
  8. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Brennan Boesch Auto (8)
  9. 2010 Bowman Chrome USA Bryce Harper (4)
  10. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Stanton Auto (9)
  11. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Minor Auto (NR)
  12. 2005 Donruss EEE Ubaldo Jimenez RC Auto (5)
  13. 2005 Upper Deck SPx Ubaldo Jimenez RC Auto (8)
  14. 2004 Bowman Chrome Prospects Phil Hughes Auto (NR)
  15. 1997 Bowman Roy Halladay Auto (NR)
  16. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Auto (22)
  17. 1999 Topps Traded Carl Crawford RC Auto (NR)
  18. 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter RC (13)
  19. 2003 Upper Deck Prospects Andre Ethier RC Auto (14)
  20. 1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton Auto (NR)
  21. 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Carlos Santana Auto (NR)
  22. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospect Jason Heyward Auto(11)
  23. 2003 Bowman Heritage Robinson Cano Auto (10)
  24. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria Auto (21)
  25. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospect JP Arencibia Auto (NR)

Happy collecting!

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Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for June 2010

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After an historic start to his much publicized career, Stephen Strasburg remains a mainstay atop our Hot List. Hobby enthusiasts and non-collectors alike have taken on a kinship with the buzz revolving around Strasburg and it has been reflected in the prices of most of his cards. On the heels of the greatest three-game start in MLB history, take a peak out our newest Hot List for June.

  1. 2010 Bowman Prospects Stephen Strasburg Auto (1)
  2. 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Stephen Strasburg (2)
  3. 2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Red Auto Stephen Strasburg (3)
  4. 2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg (6)
  5. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects David Price Auto (9)
  6. 2010 Bowman Chrome USA Bryce Harper (4)
  7. 2009 Upper Deck USA Bryce Harper (7)
  8. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Brennan Boesch Auto (NR)
  9. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Stanton Auto (NR)
  10. 2003 Bowman Heritage Robinson Cano Auto (NR)
  11. 2005 Donruss EEE Ubaldo Jimenez RC Auto (5)
  12. 2005 Upper Deck SPx Ubaldo Jimenez RC Auto (8)
  13. 2004 Bowman Chrome Prospects Phil Hughes Auto (NR)
  14. 1997 Bowman Roy Halladay Auto (NR)
  15. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Auto (22)
  16. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Buster Posey Auto (NR)
  17. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Leake Auto (10)
  18. 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter RC (13)
  19. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Michael Moustakas Auto (15)
  20. 2003 Upper Deck Prospects Andre Ethier RC Auto (14)
  21. 1999 Topps Traded Josh Hamilton Auto (NR)
  22. 2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Carlos Santana Auto (NR)
  23. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospect Jason Heyward Auto(11)
  24. 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Ryan Braun Auto (20)
  25. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria Auto (21)

Happy collecting!

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First Look: 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball

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This our first look at the 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball product. A much anticipated release from Topps after the resurgence of the Bowman line from the first 2010 release. The 2010 Bowman product, fueled by First Prospect cards of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper the release has surged towards Upper Deck Exquisite-esque prices nearing $400 per box.

With Strasburg slated to have another autograph in the set, the newly crowned hobby hero, should help fuel the release of this product. Topps has also announced that Strasburg will be available in the rest of their 2010 products.

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2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Auto Surfaces

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After just about every major media outlet picked up the story of the coveted Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospect Superfractor hitting eBay last month, there has been much anticipation to when the Red Auto parallel would surface.

While the $50,000 price tag slapped on the Red Auto edition of the card, may deter many novice collectors, as of 6/15 there had 16 offers submitted on the card. For a card of this caliber, I feel a straight auction is the best approach, and I am unsure if this version of the card can command the same premium as the Superfractor version, which sold for $16,000 and some change.

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Hot List: Top 25 Baseball Cards for May 2010

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Almost two months into the 2010 Baseball season and a few players who have yet to lace up their MLB cleats are making splashes in the card world. Unless you live under a rock, or a remote location of the World where there is no Internet, then you have probably heard of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. These two phenoms have been lighting up the secondary sales market, recently fueled by their debuts in the 2010 Bowman products (which are just about as hot)! Take a peak at the May 2010 Hotlist.

  1. 2010 Bowman Prospects Stephen Strasburg Auto
  2. 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Stephen Strasburg
  3. 2008 Sweet Spot USA Signatures Black Stitch Red Auto Stephen Strasburg
  4. 2010 Bowman Chrome USA Bryce Harper
  5. 2005 Donruss EEE Ubaldo Jimenez RC Auto
  6. 2008 Upper Deck USA Stephen Strasburg
  7. 2009 Upper Deck USA Bryce Harper
  8. 2005 Upper Deck SPx Ubaldo Jimenez RC Auto
  9. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects David Price Auto
  10. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Leake Auto
  11. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospect Jason Heyward Auto
  12. 2009 Bowman Aflac Bryce Harper PROMO
  13. 1993 Upper Deck SP Derek Jeter RC
  14. 2003 Upper Deck Prospects Andre Ethier RC Auto
  15. 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Michael Moustakas Auto
  16. 2004 Bowman Chrome Aflac Andrew McCutchen
  17. 2005 Topps Chrome Update Andrew McCutchen Auto
  18. 2001 Bowman Justin Morneau RC Auto
  19. 2002 Bowman Chrome Joe Mauer RC Auto
  20. 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Ryan Braun Auto
  21. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Pick Evan Longoria Auto
  22. 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Mike Trout Auto
  23. 2005 Bowman Chrome Prospects Billy Butler Auto
  24. 2006 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Clayton Kershaw Auto
  25. 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Jesus Montero RC Auto

Happy collecting!

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Is now the best time to unload your Maurice Clarett cards

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There comes a time in every collectors life where they need to ask themsleves if now is the best time to cut their loses and attempt to sell a failed investment quest. Recently, a rash of low numbered, hard to find Maurice Clarett cards have popped up on eBay from a single seller, and it begs me to ask the question: “Is now the best time to unload your Maurice Clarett cards?” Clarett, who is 2 years into a 7 year prison term, will probably never see action in the NFL, but still remains a favorite for quite a few Buckeye collectors. Check out this amazing stash of Clarett cards to find their way on to eBay over the last week:

As of October 2008, Clarett has been blogging about his life in prison on The Mind of Maurice Clarett; although he does not have Internet access in the prison, he sends his entries to family members, who post them for him.

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