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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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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April 6, 2011
Whenever a new baseball season begins, prospectors and baseball collectors alike can feast on this years newest prospects that make an impact. Most younger players have seen some time in the big leagues before this season ... and even Buster Posey was making his MLB Opening Day Debut after playing parts of 2 seasons for the San Francisco Giants.

Another young catcher making his opening day MLB debut for the Toronto Blue Jays was J.P. Arencibia. He has seen time in the MLB before the 2011 season, however this was the first time he has been given a major role in the lineup. I decided to take a chance on drafting him in one of my Fantasy Baseball leagues, because he was a late round draft pick in most formats. His fantasy stock & card values got a major boost when he got his 1st chance to play on opening day on April 1st, 2011. JP Arencibia hit 2 home runs + a triple gathering 5 RBI's. It appears that Toronto is alternating him with another catcher - so he only plays every other game or so. However, all of his RC cards have jumped in value.

His 2007 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autograph is widely traded - and overall it (and 2006) are pretty good sets for anyone looking for young prospect autograph cards. I actually bid on a few on these cards (pre-opening day) however, I wasn't successful in winning one. I also bid on a few Bowman Chrome & Bowman Chrome Refractor autograph cards - without any success either. If I had known his cards would go up in value so quickly ... I would have bid more!

Baseball Rookie RC Cards Checklist JP Arencibia RC Card Checklist

eBay 2007 Bowman Sterling JP Arencibia Autograph

2007 Bowman Sterling JP Arencibia Autograph Prospect Card
2007 Bowman Sterling JP Arencibia Autograph Prospect Card Price Graph

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March 7, 2011

I originally purchased this card on February 22, 2011 on Check Out My Cards for $3.00. I put in the offer with the seller: SellOurCards and it was accepted quickly.  Seth Rosin is a pitching prospect for the San Francisco Giants and I've read about him being a tall, hard throwing right handed starting pitcher. Rosin was drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

To be honest, I was a little bummed out I sold this card, even though it did help me gain a $2.00 profit in my bankroll bet challenge. Rosin only has autographs so far available in 2010 Donruss Elite Baseball - and this one was the Red Status Parallel, serial numbered #/50.  Rosin could very well put up very good numbers this year in Single-A San Jose and I might have been able to get more then $5.00 for it. But I really wanted to keep this card, only because I do think Rosin could have potential based solely on the fact the Giants organization has proven they are able to develop pitchers - Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner, Sanchez, Wilson etc.....

Shortly after I purchased this card on COMC - I noticed another one sold on eBay for $6.55 which included shipping. In retrospect, I would have priced this card higher because it was the only one for sale on COMC at the time. Beckett's high book value for the card as of March 7th was $10.00.

Sports Card Report Purchased:
(1) 2010 Donruss Elite Red Autograph Seth Rosin #/50
$3.00 - 2/22/2011
Sports Card Report Sold:
(1) 2010 Donruss Elite Red Autograph Seth Rosin #/50
$5.00 - 3/7/2011

Selling Fees: 0.01 Cents

+$1.99 Profit+

2010 Donruss Elite EEE Seth Rosin Autograph Giants
Photo: Check Out My Cards