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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January 31, 2011

Gary Brown was a 1st round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2010 (Pick #24) 2011 will be his first full season of Minor League Baseball - so he is a prospect many people will be keeping an eye on in the Giants organization. We have seen recently that the Giants are willing to move prospects up the ranks quicker than in years past (see Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey and a World Championship Ring) so we expect them to continue that trend in future years if the MLB team needs them. Gary Brown is a long shot to make the MLB this season, but with how much Brandon Belt cards have gone up (despite not playing in the MLB) its worth taking a shot on some of these prospects before they get the full spotlight of scouts on them.

2010 Bowman Sterling Baseball has a Gary Brown Autograph, however it is a sticker autograph, and despite this being a redemption card, I was willing to wait because its an on-card signature. I have also seen his Refractor and other cards already selling online - so I'm guessing that Gary Brown has already signed these cards and the redemption should come back pretty quickly.

I wanted to make sure I got this card at the best possible price because there were usually 2-3 auctions ending per day, so there was never any reason to over pay. Baseball is also in the off-season, so Gary Brown can't do too much to make his cards to up/down at the moment. I decided to track about a dozen auctions before I made a bid on one myself. My rule for counting a final price was:

#1 Had to be a redemption card
#2 Had to be an auction - started at a reasonable price > $4.00
#3 Shipping had to be less than $3
#4 The seller had to have reasonable feedback
#5 Price was calculated as if you bought just that 1 card from the seller
(no shipping discount)

Card On eBay: 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Gary Brown Auto Redemption

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Gary Brown Autograph Redemption Card
Low Price: $6.25

High Price: $10.07

Average Price
(16 Auctions): $8.25

Purchased: $7.50

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Gary Brown Autograph Redemption Price Graph

I monitored the sales and plotted them in a graph using Microsoft Excel, I found that with the first dozen sales, people would pay around $7.00 - $8.00 pretty regularly, with some auctions ending closer to $9-$10. By simply tracking the results and looking at the graph it let me bid on auctions comfortably knowing I should never pay over $8.00 total for this card. I ended up getting the card for $7.50 total, which is lower than the average price paid covering these 16 completed listings. I actually put in the bid the day before the auction closed ... instead of waiting for the last seconds because I knew my price. Also, anyone placing a bid on that card is now getting into the higher range for which that card has been selling for. I found that people are less willing to bid on these cards because the price is already 'right' and they can find other auctions on eBay that are currently 'lower' in price. This does not apply to all cards/auctions - but I found that bidding the day before was better than waiting to the last second.

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January 29, 2011
Francisco Peguero is considered one of the top prospects in the SF Giants organization. Baseball America recently ranked him #4 in their annual prospect guide.  He is a player who plays good outfield defense and can control the bat very well and has hit .312 in a total of 1,618 Minor League at bats.  Peguero could see time at AA and AAA this year for the Giants.
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As part of the Sports Card Radio vs. Sports Card Report bankroll challenge, a 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Francisco Peguero was purchased and sold very quickly. Here is the transaction that took place for this card on Check Out My Cards (COMC). There is no fee for selling cards below $0.25 cents on COMC so this transaction was free and pure profit.
Sports Card Report Purchased:
(1) 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Francisco Peguero
$0.19 Cents - 1/28/2011
Sports Card Report Sold:
(1) 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Francisco Peguero
$0.24 Cents - 1/29/2011

+$0.05 Cent Profit+
2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Francisco Peguero
Image courtesy of CheckOutMyCards.com

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Baseball prospect collectors seemed to really enjoy this product when it came out in early January 2011 and Topps delivered an added bonus by inserting Bryce Harper 60th Anniversary Topps Autographs into the product at the last second. These cards have been winners on eBay so far. Check the links below to see if another version of these cards are currently for sale.
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph
Reportedly Sold For: $1,200.00 - Buy It Now
January 21, 2011 - "Happy Birthday Topps"

These cards are limited to just 60 total copies - with each inscription limited to 20 copies each. This was the first copy of the Bryce Harper 60th Anniversary Autograph to sell on eBay.
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph

2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph
Reportedly Sold For: $700.00 - Buy It Now
January 24, 2011 - "Happy 60th Topps"
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph Happy 60th

2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph
Reportedly Sold For: $664.32 - Auction Listing
January 26, 2011 - "Happy Birthday Topps"
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph Happy Birthday

2010 Bowman Sterling Albert Pujols/Ichiro Red 1/1 Dual
Reportedly Sold For: $499.99 - Buy It Now
January 20, 2011

These cards are from the box topper packs in 2010 Bowman Sterling Baseball. You get 1 Box Topper per full hobby box. There are base versions of this card, and four different refractor versions:

Base Refractor #/99 - Gold #/50 - Black #/25 - Red Refractor #/1
2010 Bowman Sterling Dual Red Refractor Jersey Ichiro/Pujols

2010 Bowman Sterling Dustin Ackley Red Refractor /1
Reportedly Sold For: $480.00 - Buy It Now
January 23, 2011

Ackley is considered the top prospect in the Mariners organization. If he continues to play well in the minors he will get to the big leagues soon.
2010 Bowman Sterling Dustin Ackley Red Refractor /1

2010 Sterling Stephen Strasburg Autograph Black /25
Reportedly Sold For: $454.95 - Auction Listing
January 25, 2011

These are redemption cards for Stephen Strasburg Autograph Rookie Cards. This one is the Black Refractor Parallel, serial numbered #/25.
2010 Bowman Sterling Stephen Strasburg Autograph EXCH

2010 Sterling John Singleton Autograph Black /25
Reportedly Sold For: $300.00 - Buy It Now
January 24, 2011

This was the first Singleton Black Refractor on eBay - he is considered one of the top prospects in the Phillies organization and fans hopes he moves up quick.
2010 Bowman Sterling John Singleton Black Refractor Autograph