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    Top 20 players and their key rookie cards

    I decided to take the list of top players that ESPN put out and look at the prices on their key rookie cards. I thought it might be interesting to look over.

    Below are the results, but there were a few things I noticed:
    - The only guy on this list who I think is clearly not on a HOF trajectory is Charlie Blackmon, and his BC Auto is definitely the cheapest
    - Altuve is the only guy on the list without a definitive autograph card. The parallels of his BC rookie sell really well though
    - The Votto card is not his rookie autograph (his RC cards are in 2002 BC) but still does pretty well
    - The vast majority of these players are really young
    - Strasburg suffers from not having a clear RC card. His first Bowman Auto was a regular Bowman and then he had 2 BC Auto's the same season. None sell particularly well.
    - Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber don't have BC Auto's. Their Elite RC Auto's don't get near the attention that BC Auto's get. (To be fair, both are also older and their path too stardom has been less direct than some of the others


    Player ----------------- Card --------------- Price
    1. Mike Trout --- 2009 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $2,800
    2. Clayton Kershaw --- 2006 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $625
    3. Jose Altuve --- 2010 Bowman Chrome --- $15
    4. Max Scherzer --- 2007 Donruss Elite Auto --- $65
    5. Bryce Harper --- 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $825
    6. Corey Kluber --- 2007 Donruss Elite Auto --- $35
    7. Nolan Arenado --- 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $210
    8. Chris Sale --- 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $70
    9. Joey Votto --- 2004 Bowman Signs of the Future Auto --- $175
    10. Carlos Correa --- 2013 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $425
    11. Paul Goldschmidt --- 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $140
    12. Kris Bryant --- 2013 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $650
    13 Giancarlo Stanton --- 2008 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $475
    14. Francisco Lindor --- 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $175
    15. Manny Machado --- 2010 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $300
    16. Aaron Judge --- 2013 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $625
    17. Mookie Betts --- 2014 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $170
    18. Charlie Blackmon --- 2009 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $45
    19. Stephen Strasburg --- 2010 Bowman Auto/Chrome Auto --- $60
    20. Corey Seager --- 2012 Bowman Chrome Auto --- $200
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    Thought this would generate more some conversation...

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    Thanks for reminding me I sold my 2011 Chromes too early. And I had a '09 Sterling Trout auto that I can't say how low I sold it for.

    Also didn't realize that Stras stuff was still that low.

    Thanks for a great list, very cool!
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    Totally shows how rc auto this hobby has become

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    Quote Originally Posted by gt2590 View Post
    Thanks for reminding me I sold my 2011 Chromes too early. And I had a '09 Sterling Trout auto that I can't say how low I sold it for.

    Also didn't realize that Stras stuff was still that low.

    Thanks for a great list, very cool!
    With any sort of "investing," a smart strategy will almost always mean selling too early on guys like Trout. Because 99.99% of players are not Trout, and waiting and hoping that a player becomes one of the greatest of all-time is a great way to lose your shirt.

    IMO Strasburg suffers from not having a clear #1 RC Auto card. There's multiple Bowman Chrome Auto's from 2010, and neither was the first Bowman auto from that season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topnotchsy View Post
    With any sort of "investing," a smart strategy will almost always mean selling too early on guys like Trout. Because 99.99% of players are not Trout, and waiting and hoping that a player becomes one of the greatest of all-time is a great way to lose your shirt.

    IMO Strasburg suffers from not having a clear #1 RC Auto card. There's multiple Bowman Chrome Auto's from 2010, and neither was the first Bowman auto from that season.
    Still doesn't make the Trout sale hurt any less. LOL

    Heck, I probably still have some Monteros and LaPortas sitting around...
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    Great list. The 2010 Bowman Chrome set is stacked. Maybe the most stacked Bowman set to date.
    Looking for the following Larkin cards:
    - '97 Finest Gold Embossed Refractor
    - '98 Donruss Crusade Red (even a photo)
    - '96 Select Certified Mirror Gold (even a photo)
    - '98 Leaf Fractal Materials Z2 Axis
    - '99 Fleer Tradition Starting Nine
    - '98 and 99 Metal Universe Precious Metals

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    Amazing how "cheap" a Kershaw BC is considering he's the best pitcher of a generation (outside of Phil Bickford of course).

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    This is a nice list!

    I've been getting Topps Flagship rookies of the key players, much easier on the wallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyCorona View Post
    Amazing how "cheap" a Kershaw BC is considering he's the best pitcher of a generation (outside of Phil Bickford of course).

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    It's just a shame that neither of those pitchers will ever have a canary yellow refractor.

    But no need to fret, Joey Wentz (the best pitcher of our next generation) will indeed have one.
    Look, I'm gonna be honest with you. I really need a job. And I will take any position, as long as it doesn't involve having sex with old ladies for money or bear traps. Those are my two bugaboos. While mulling over my resume feel free to check out my baseball card collection, it's small and simple, kinda like me - >>>>> http://s822.photobucket.com/user/JDf...ds%20n%20stuff


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    Does this card provide a better representation of a Scherzer RC auto? It does seem to sell for a little more and look at how dreamy.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-max-sc...p2047675.l2557

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    No Albert Pujols....guess now that he into the final years.....he no longer top 20....But his rookie BC is top of line!! Best regards, David
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    Quote Originally Posted by WCTYSON View Post
    Does this card provide a better representation of a Scherzer RC auto? It does seem to sell for a little more and look at how dreamy.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2008-max-sc...p2047675.l2557
    I'd be curious to see long term. It's not such a mainstream card and has a pretty limited print run. Could be an interesting play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David K. View Post
    No Albert Pujols....guess now that he into the final years.....he no longer top 20....But his rookie BC is top of line!! Best regards, David
    I took the top 20 players for this season as per the ESPN list. Pujols is an all-time great, but not this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by death2redemptions View Post
    It's just a shame that neither of those pitchers will ever have a canary yellow refractor.

    But no need to fret, Joey Wentz (the best pitcher of our next generation) will indeed have one.
    You misspelled Jesus Luzardo

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