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Prospectors - Is Zach McKinstry someone to chase for "investment"?


Jan 19, 2010
He appeared in 4 games for the 2020 Dodgers, so I need him for my autograph collection. Topps happened to put out a signature card that looks like 86 Topps. I kind of like it and was excited to get one and knockout 1 of 3 LA Dodger needs still (Betts and Victor Gonzalez, if anyone can help with the latter), but the prices have been RIDICULOUS! Seriously, who is spending $30+ for this guy? Is this something I potentially will regret because I think it should be under $10?

I am getting more and more frustrated by the card world as each year passes. The fun is nearly gone. It seems like everything new that I like and have interest in is on the "hot" list, except for maybe poor Al Oliver! I am not a trendy collector, but it sure seems like anything new I could possibly want is going to cost me dearly.

I lost a /25 and it ended at $34. Yet there is this guy...???



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Apr 23, 2011
Warwick, RI
Some of the 2021 Topps stuff is going crazy for no reason. The History of Topps "Garbage Pail Kids Introduced" is a $30 card right now, for a basic insert set that isn't hard to pull. Some of the base SPs (not even the SSPs!) are going for triple digits, and the Trout mask SP is a $500+ card.


Well-known member
Aug 7, 2008
No, he's got zero heat prospectwise but people always go nuts for Topps S1 stuff. New season, new names, people with pent-up demand after a couple months of lackluster releases, plus he's a WS-Winning Dodger even if he didn't play in it, then throw in the craziness of the market for the past year. While people figure out where prices will settle, there are bound to be quite a few outliers.


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Aug 27, 2008
You'd be better off trying to get Michael Busch instead if you can get a good price. All the prospect guys are saying good things about his 2020 and I believe he's been compared to Max Muncy.


Jan 19, 2010
I picked up a few Busch cards. Generally speaking, I am happy with 1 of each of the untested players, unless a sweet design comes up. I will buy multiple star/semi star players when the prices are good. My primary goal is 1 Dodger certified card of any player who had one. After that, I'll take non-Dodger certified and Dodger IP/TTM. Lastly, non-Dodger IM/TTM or cuts.

McKinstry is cooling some after a few weeks (supply starting to overpower demand most likely), but I fear not enough before the new rip supply dies off and I have to wait for someone later on who sells or the infrequent pull from an old product. Perhaps he'll have other auto cards. All the fools willing to overpay for immediate gratification (or flip potential) can get their copies now and then hopefully I can buy one at a reasonable price.


Jan 19, 2010
This has gotten beyond stupid! Who the holy F#&k are buying these cards? 20 watchers? SHEEP!

By the way, apparently the card i started this thread with sold for $250??? Maybe it was a BIN for significantly less, but who knows. Things have gotten weird. I'll probably get his autograph for a few bucks in a few years after he fizzles out.
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Jun 17, 2009
Gamecock Country
perhaps it's people reading these articles ??

2020 Dodgers in review: Zach McKinstry

Expect a bigger role from the rookie in 2021

By BlakeHarris@BlakeHarrisTBLA Dec 5, 2020, 6:12am PST

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Though he isn’t one of the top prospects in the Dodgers’ farm system, you could make the case nobody has impressed more over the last few years than Zach McKinstry. Originally a 33rd round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, McKinstry has quickly shot up through LA’s system, earning a spot on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
McKinstry was a name Dodgers fans were familiar with, but he really became well-known after his incredible Spring Training back in March. He was the best hitter for the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in early 2020, as he hit .414/.452/.862/1.314 in 14 games. He also added three homers, two doubles and seven runs driven in.

Dodgers Spring Training Rookie Standouts: DJ Peters, Zach McKinstry and More Names to Know
Zach McKinstry

The top choice to replace Kiké Hernandez is off to a good start. He has four hits in ten at-bats while starting at second base, shortstop, and center field. So far, he has only helped make the case for an Opening Day roster spot.