Sports Trading Card Price Tracker We talk a lot about price movement of single cards and sports trading card boxes on The Sports Card Show Podcast. Each month we'll pick some hot items in the sports card world and monitor the price action over the month. Sometimes we make prediction on if the price is going to go up or down.
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Baseball's number one prospect Bryce Harper has been the catalyst behind sales of 2011 Bowman Baseball cards - and while the set is no where near as explosive as last years 2010 set - prices for rare Harper cards have come out hot.  Many casual baseball fans have probably not heard of Harper which could mean collectors will have to wait several years for their investments to materialize. In 2010 - early sales of Bowman boxes and single cards were modest until Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg reached the MLB and started to light it up. 2010 Hobby boxes got to as high as $200 in June '10 on the secondary market - but were only $75-80 around the May release date.  In the 2011 Bowman set, no other player besides Harper has gained serious traction in the hobby world.  By early June 2011 - boxes could be found for around the release date price of $75-80 a box.

Besides the Superfractor 1/1 Autograph - the Red /5 Autograph parallels are the most rare auto's in 2011 Bowman. Harper has lived up to the enormous hype so far in the lower levels of the minor leagues. He has displayed power and hit near .350 during the first half of the season.  The success has not come without some controversy.  In June, Harper hit a mammoth HR during a minor league game and subsequently "blew a kiss" to the pitcher as he crossed home plate.  The video footage was shown on national media outlets including ESPN.  Players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez have seen their card values decline in part because a large segment of fans dislike them.  In order for Harper to ever become a hobby stalwart he is going to have to tone down the bad boy image. His talent on the baseball field remains unquestioned at this point - but he is still probably at least two full years away from playing for the Washington Nationals which would put a date on his arrival in the bigs around 2013.

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2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Auto Parallel 1/5

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 1/5
Sold: June 6, 2011
eBay Seller: cardsonline
View Count: 6,876
Bids: 64
Sold For: $6,450.99

2011 Bowman Red Bryce Harper Autograph 2/5 2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 2/5
Sold: June 8, 2011
eBay Seller: anderdale2
View Count: 443
Sold For: $6,500.00 - Best Offer

2011 Bowman Red Bryce Harper Autograph 3/5

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 3/5
Start Date: June 10, 2011
eBay Seller: kywildcats108
View Count: 162
Asking Price: $10,000.00 - Best Offer

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Auto 4/5

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 4/5
End Date: June 12, 2011
eBay Seller: dwise72
View Count: 1,534
Watchers: 250+
Final Price: $5,900.00

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2011 Bowman Bryce Harper BP1
Sale Price of the 1st one listed on eBay

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The hottest prospect in the game right now is 2010 #1 overall pick Bryce Harper and he has lived up to the hype by scorching minor league pitching and displaying the talent scouts have drooled over. 2011 Bowman Baseball had a scheduled release date of May 18, 2011 - but several collectors found packs at retail as early as May 12th. The listing below is for the very first Bowman Bryce Harper to appear on eBay - less then an hour after it went live - the bidding had already reached $50.00. This is the non-autographed version - imagine the price those will fetch!
On eBay:
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper BCP1
Auction Started: May 12, 2011
Auction Ended: May 13, 2011

Watchers: 187
View Count: 2,518
Seller: slackknasty

Final Price: $135.29
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Rookie RC
Past Sales of Top Bryce Harper Cards on eBay:
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper Auto 50/60 60A-BH
Watchers: 225+ (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Final Price: $690.00
Auction Ended: January 21, 2011
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph Happy 60th

Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome USA
RED Refractor #/5 Graded BGS 9.5
Watchers: 96
Final Price: $2,925.00
Auction Ended: August 29, 2010
2010 Bowman USA Bryce Harper Red BGS 9.5

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Bryce Harper Aflac Auto

$534.57 -- Average Price - 21 Completed Auctions
Auctions Tracked From December 15-27, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Bryce Harper Aflac Auto /230

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April 30, 2011

For the sake of argument, I'm counting Blake Griffin as a RC in 09/10 because that is where his RC cards are found.

I was writing a review of 2010/11 Panini Classics Basketball the other day and it kind of dawned on me that there is a pretty big gap between what people are willing to pay for a John Wall RC over any other player. While this is not all that unlikely to happen, it is strange that the trend stayed true all NBA season. DeMarcus Cousins, Landry Fields and others got some love during the season ... but for the most part basketball collectors were focused on Blake Griffin and John Wall this season when buying rookie cards..

John Wall Average RC Card Value On eBay From March 15 - April 29, 2011

Panini Absolute $85.34
#/499 Exchange Card
Panini Contenders Patches $117.78
No Serial # Window Auto
Panini Classics $208.23
#/199 On-Card Auto
Panini Threads $76.93
#/399 On-Wood Auto
John Wall did have a real good rookie season, but many NBA rookies had solid seasons too. With Wall and Blake Griffin setting a pretty high price bar, some of these guys that are selling for much less might be able to see a boost in 2011/12.

We haven't made a pick on actual price movement in a while, so I'm going to make a few now. These are some rookies from this season that I think might breakout next season. It is real risky buying 'sophomores' as Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings fell off the hobby radar a bit in year two. However, Wesley Matthews, Tyler Hansbrough and others did get more collectible because of solid play. The NBA labor agreement has a big effect on playing time & rosters, but based on how things stand now, these are the rookies who might move up in year 2

#1 DeMarcus Cousins
This guy had a real solid season and put up good numbers despite being iced by the coach/team on occasions for disciplinary reasons. He also was in foul trouble (as most rookies are) some games, but still managed to average close to 30 mins per game. Cousins could benefit from either the Kings moving to Anaheim or returning to Sacramento with an anticipated rejuvenated fan base. Both of those things mean more attention to his play & RC cards. The Kings are also slated to have another high draft pick, so potentially they could have Cousins, Tyreke Evans and a crew of solid talent around them. While his somewhat erratic behavior concerns me a bit, his production on the court doesn't ... and I think he will be given plenty of time to grow in Sacramento.

- Check The Current Price On eBay Below -

2010/11 Panini Absolute Memorabilia RC #/499
Average eBay Price (13 Completed Auctions) $27.01

2010/11 Panini Classics RC #/349
Average eBay Price (12 Completed Auctions) $28.65

2010/11 Panini Threads RC #/399
Average eBay Price (9 Completed Auctions) $22.17
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Average Price If You Were To Buy All 3: $25.94

Our Prediction: $30.00+ --- November 30, 2011

2010/11 Panini Absolute Memorabilia DeMarcus Cousins Autograph RPM RC Card

#2 Greg Monroe
This guy probably won't average 20 points in his career, but his steady play will have fans in Detroit collecting his cards. The key with Monroe, is that his play seemed to get better as the season went along and the Pistons had trouble with injuries/suspensions. With Ben Wallace on the way out, Monroe should step right in and play big minuets in 2011/12. While I don't anticipate a huge move upward in his rookie cards, I think collectors will recognize his steady play and want to add him to their basketball card collection.

- Check The Current Price On eBay Below -

2010/11 Panini Absolute Memorabilia RC #/499
Average eBay Price (7 Completed Auctions) $11.13

2010/11 Panini Classics RC #/349
Average eBay Price (15 Completed Auctions) $11.70
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Average Price If You Were To Buy Both: $11.41

Prediction: $13.00+ --- November 30, 2011

2010-11 Panini Classics Greg Monroe Autograph RC Card

#3 Evan Turner
Played well in spurts during his rookie season, but not well enough to get collectors to spend big money on his cards. His performance during the 1st round of the NBA playoffs against the Miami Heat did bring some encouraging signs to what he might be capable of doing next season. Much like Greg Monroe, I don't see Turner's cards going through the roof next season (although his upside is greater) ... however, I feel collectors will start to pay more for his cards next season if he plays more consistent game to game.

- Check The Current Price On eBay Below -

2010/11 Panini Absolute Memorabilia RC #/299 (Exch)
Average eBay Price (4 Completed Auctions) $21.93

2010/11 Panini Classics RC #/299
Average eBay Price (10 Completed Auctions) $20.63

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Average Price If You Were To Buy Both: $21.28

Prediction: $24.00+ --- November 30, 2011

2010/11 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Evan Turner RPM Autograph Card

#4 Jordan Crawford
People that know me well, know that I love this guys game. He's either going to be an 18+ PPG player, or nobody in the NBA. He seems to thrive when he is a featured part of the offense, as he didn't start playing big minuets until he was traded from Atlanta to Washington. Towards the end of the season, Jordan Crawford was playing quite well in the starting position when Nick Young went down for the season. Its possible he doesn't get the playing time next year to move his card values, but the upside is certainly there. If given 30+ mins. per night, he could average 20+ points. However, if he doesn't shoot the ball well or the Wizards draft another prospect in the 1st round at the G position, he could see his minuets cut.

- Check The Current Price On eBay Below -

2010/11 Panini Absolute Memorabilia RC #/499
Average eBay Price (7 Completed Auctions) $12.64

2010/11 Panini Classics RC #/699 (Exch)
Average eBay Price (10 Completed Auctions) $11.72

2010/11 Panini Contenders Patches
Average eBay Price (17 Completed Auctions) $12.61
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Average Price If You Were To Buy All 3: $12.32

Prediction: $15.00+ --- November 30, 2011

2010-11 Panini Classics Jordan Crawford Autograph Redemption Card

#5 Gary Neal

After getting bounced in the 1st round of the NBA playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs are a team that might go through a 're-building' process. The pain of having a solid regular season, followed by an embarrassing loss to the Memphis Grizzlies might cause the upper management in San Antonio to make changes this off-season. The Spurs have many 'aging' players at the guard position, including Richard Jefferson, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. One player that could sneak into the lineup if the Spurs loose some veterans is rookie guard Gary Neal. At times during the season Neal played well. His numbers projected out to 48 minuets places him near the top of all rookies in production .... but he has to get minuets to make an impact. Its possible the Spurs come back with the same team and Gary Neal is stuck on the bench, however its possible they re-tool and give guys like Neal a chance to play major minuets in 2011/12.

2010/11 Panini Contenders Patches Gary Neal Autograph RC Card

- Check The Current Price On eBay Below -

2010/11 Panini Contenders Patches
Average eBay Price (14 Completed Auctions) $13.45
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Prediction: $15.00+ --- November 30, 2011


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