Posts Tagged ‘USA’

Dec
0

FIRST LOOK: 2011 Topps USA Box Set

As usual, the progression of information is a bit “off” at the Topps offices.  We brought you the extremely vague information about the 2011 Topps USA Boxed Set release, but it had no checklist or card images.  The product is set to release very soon and we still haven’t seen a legit sell sheet with any more info.

Thanks to Gilmore at Freedom Card Board, we have actual scans of the cards.  Very interesting stuff.  We’re still debating on the design, but it seems to be all on-card autographs, which is nice.  Check them out for yourself and let us know what you think.

Nov
1

MARKET WATCH: Superfractors and Canary Galore

It’s been about a week since 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects has hit the market and we’ve already seen a few notable cards sell.  The most notable (arguably) superfractor auto has hit the market over the weekend and it should be a record setting sale. The non-auto version hit as well, which should be a nice price comparison for comparable players.  I’m not sure why I’m even saying that because there aren’t too many prospects who compare to “The Freak v2.0″.  Baseball America had some pretty strong words to defend their #1 prospect ranking for the Arizona farm system.

“He not only has top-of-the-rotation potential, but his approach is so revolutionary that his success in the majors could cause teams to rethink how they condition and develop young pitchers.”

TREVOR BAUER SUPERFRACTOR AUTOGRAPH 1/1

TREVOR BAUER SUPERFRACTOR 1/1

A surprising seller from the set has been Francisco Lindor, who seems to have a very large following back in Puerto Rico.  The slick fielding former USA shortstop has Cleveland fans salivating over his projection and his market prices are showing the aftermath.  Even his USA stuff is selling well, which is nice to see with a chrome autograph fully on the market.  His superfractor was pulled within the first days of the product release and sold for a pretty penny.

FRANCISCO LINDOR SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

Some other notable are below, which includes two of the better 16U superfractor autos, as well as the too name in the canary non-auto set.

ZACH COLLINS USA 16U SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

CARSON SANDS USA 16U SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

BRYSON BRIGMAN USA 16U SUPERFRACTOR AUTO 1/1

AUSTIN MEADOWS CANARY USA 16U 1/1

Nov
0

The First Bowman Chrome 18U USA Superfractor Auto Sells…..

It took a little while (probably longer than it should have), but the first 2011 Bowman Chrome USA 18U Superfractor auto entered and exited the market.  It turned out to be one of the players with the most upside, both hobby-wise and potential, in the entire set.

I really thought it would sell for more, given the prices of the other parallels.  Whoever ended up snagging it got a pretty solid deal.

Watch out for Walker Weickel.  Already standing at 6’6 205lbs, he’s about as projectable as a pitcher comes from the right side.  Touching 94 at this point can only mean scout salivate over his potential as he fills out down the road.

Oct
0

The Underwhelming 18U Auto Sales, 2011 Bowman Chrome

Another USA season is starting, which means the USA card license is once again in full swing.  Topps still holds the licensing rights, so they planned another schedule of release dates for the Team USA autographs, spread out over multiple releases.  While the 2011 Topps Chrome autos (Collegiate) are only in redemption form and the 2011 Bowman Platinum redemption autos (Collegiate) are cheaper than cheap, we finally have the first live and significant set.

The 18U team are once again autos in 2011 Bowman Chrome, featuring a lackluster team of players (arguably so), and the prices are reflecting of this.  Two of the best players - Albert Almora and Nelson Rodriguez – are back for repeat USA autographs.  The rest of the roster is pretty pedestrian outside of Gavin Cecchini and Addison Russell.  The most notable pitching prospect is Walker Weickel, who oozes projectability in his 6-6, 205 lb frame. High risk and high reward.

It might be early in the USA season for sales to pick up, but these have also been fueled by projection and potential.  While it was always nice to see some of the players perform on the world stage, the draft hype train pushes them to higher levels.  Based on all the variables, we have a low level of hype and few names to really carry the value.  It pains me to say this but these are nice to have as more personal collection items at this point. The sustainability and growth just isn’t there, at least until the hype train starts rolling.

The full checklist is below, along with market links for each player.  Feel free to check them out and see if you can get your favorite prospect at low prices.

18U-1 Albert Almora
18U-2 Alex Bregman
18U-3 Gavin Cecchini
- Orange Refractor Sale: $97
18U-4 Troy Conyers
Red Refractor Sale: $118
18U-6 Chase DeJong
18U-8 Carson Fulmer
18U-13 Cole Irvin
18U-15 Jeremy Martinez
18U-17 Chris Okey
18U-18 Cody Poteet
18U-19 Nelson Rodriguez
18U-21 Addison Russell -
Red Refractor Sales:  $210 and $205
18U-22 Clate Schmidt

18U-24 Hunter Virant

18U-25 Walker Weickel -
Red Refractor Sale:  $140
18U-26 Mickey White
18U-28 Jesse Winker