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So only a couple of days into the release and the Holy Grail, Yasiel Puig Superfractor has been pulled. This will definitely hurt demand in the short term for this product given the biggest chase card is gone. There could be one last push if Puig dominates in the playoffs.

From a prospecting stand point this years Chrome is weaker than years past for top prospects in terms of name recognition. Overall there is a decent amount of good mid level players with a few who have ceilings to potentially be top system prospects.

Below is a breakdown of all the 2013 Bowman Chrome prospect cards with the player rankings and current market going rates. This is really early on, but it will give you a good indication as to what’s moving. Prices should fall for some of these players with less demand as the market saturates.

 

 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospect Overview

Player Team Current Rank 7 Day
Change
Base Chrome
Auto Price
Card #
Henry Owens BOS 22 +18 $23-$27 BCA-HO
Arismendy Alcantara CHC 39 +180 $20-$24 BCA-AAL
Rafael Montero NYM 47 +413 $13-$17 BCA-RM
Miguel Andujar NYY 49 +463 $6-$9 BCA-MAJ
Adalberto Mondesi KC 52 +40 $32-$42 BCP-AMO
Tyler Glasnow PIT 53 +422 $17-$24 BCA-TG
Cody Asche PHI 55 +19 $18-$21 BCA-CA
Jose Berrios MIN 62 +20 $7-$9 BCA-JB
Mac Williamson SF 85 +178 $17-$20 BCA-MW
Matt Wisler SD 90 +107 $5-$8 BCA-MWI
Hak-Ju Lee TB 80 +3 $4-$6 BCP-HL
Adam Walker MIN 98 +10 $14-$16 BCA-AW
Victor Roache MIL 98 +61 $6-$9 BCA-VR
Jorge Alfaro TEX 102 +44 $12-$16 BCA-JA
Luis Torrens NYY 103 +697 $8-$13 BCA-LT
Erik Johnson CWS 109 +220 $3-$5 BCA-EJ
Jorge Polanco MIN 118 +217 $4-$6 BCA-JPO
Rafael De Paula NYY 130 +616 $8-$13 BCA-RD
Dylan Cozens PHI 132 +197 $8-$11 BCA-DC
Deivi Grullon PHI 140 +140 $3-$5 BCA-DG
Danry Vasquez DET 148 +224 $3-$5 BCA-DV
Eduardo Rodriguez BAL 152 +79 $4-$6 BCA-ER
Roberto Osuna TOR 155 +133 $4-$6 BCA-RO
Jose Peraza ATL 156 +405 $10-$14 BCA-JP
Jimmy Nelson MIL 174 +151 $3-$5 BCA-JN
Carlos Tocci PHI 175 +151 $3-$5 BCA-CT
Edwin Escobar SF 181 +434 $6-$9 BCA-EE
Keury de la Cruz BOS 181 +59 $8-$11 BCA-KD
Adalberto Mejia SF 201 +274 $3-$5 BCA-AM
Jake Lamb ARI 203 +159 $8-$11 BCA-JL
Mauricio Cabrera ATL 211 +264 $3-$5 BCA-MC
Austin Schotts DET 218 +270 $4-$6 BCA-AS
Jake Thompson DET 218 +162 $7-$9 BCP-JT
Mike Kickham SF 218 +206 $6-$9 BCA-MK
Luis Merejo ATL 238 +97 $3-$5 BCA-LME
Yeison Asencio SD 240 +375 $3-$5 BCA-YA
Miguel Almonte KC 242 +541 $5-$8 BCA-MA
Gabriel Guerrero SEA 245 +538 $8-$11 BCP-GG
Tom Murphy COL 246 +27 $4-$7 BCA-TM
Onelki Garcia LAD 249 +534 $6-$9 BCA-OG
Nick Tropeano HOU 260 +196 $4-$7 BCA-NTR
Luis Mateo NYM 285 +5 $5-$8 BCA-LMA
Kyle Smith KC 288 +35 $3-$5 BCA-KS
Cameron Gallagher KC 293 +131 $4-$6 BCA-CG
Jeremy Baltz SD 295 +306 $3-$5 BCA-JBA
Adys Portillo SD 328 +287 $8-$11 BCA-AP
Dan Langfield CIN 356 +427 $3-$5 BCA-DL
Patrick Leonard TB 356 +24 $3-$5 BCA-PL
Harold Castro DET 363 +393 $3-$5 BCA-HC
Tyler Heineman HOU 363 +420 $4-$7 BCA-TH
Nik Turley NYY 373 +347 $3-$5 BCA-NT
Andre Rienzo CWS 393 +208 $8-$11 BCA-AR
Wilfredo Rodriguez COL 425 +358 $10-$14 BCA-WF
Lance McCullers HOU 443 +10 $4-$6 BCA-LM
Matt Reynolds NYM 452 +137 $3-$5 BCA-MR
J.T. Chargois MIN 503 +280 $3-$5 BCA-JC

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Brian Hoyer (CLE)

Current Rank: 103

With the Browns front office in full tank mode after dealing Richardson, it’s good to see the team didn’t get the memo that they are supposed to lose. Brian Hoyer got the start in place of an injured Brandon Weeden. He may of taken the job it outright with his performance on Sunday. Going 30-52 for 321 Yds with 3 TD’s. Hoyer did throw 3 interceptions as well which is a cause for concern.

Hoyer came into the league with the Patriots as a undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2009. He spent his first three years as Tom Brady’s backup, seeing limited action in garbage time of routs. Last year he spent time in both Pittsburgh and Arizona making his first NFL start with the latter in week 17. With the new regime change in Arizona, Hoyer was cut buy the Cardinals in May. Cleveland scooped him up a couple of days later.

You pretty much couldn’t give away his cards 2 months ago. Yesterday is a perfect example of how quickly things can change based on one single game performance. The intriguing thing here is the limited amount of rookie product available for Hoyer. He had pre-draft cards in both Sage and Press pass then nothing until late season releases from Topps and Panini. This is mainly in part to Hoyer going undrafted.

Already the jump in pricing has been significant. Lower end Sage and Press Pass are going in the $10-$20 range up from sub $3 just a few weeks ago. His Contenders Auto’s have gone off the board anywhere from $28-$40. That leaves us with the cream of the crop National Treasures Auto which went for $20 a month ago and is selling right around $100 now.

Popular Cards:
2009 Panini Contenders (AU) 
2009 Panini National Treasures (AU) 
2009 Bowman Sterling (AU)

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Julius Thomas (DEN)

Current Rank: 143 +58

One game into the 2013 NFL season and we already have our first big mover. Julius Thomas had his coming out party last night against the Baltimore Raven’s. Thomas had 4 receptions for 97 yards and 2 touchdowns. With Joel Dreessen on the the mend and a injury shortened preseaon for Jacob Tamme, Thomas has emerged as the go to tight end for Payton Manning. The Raven’s didn’t have an answer for him on defense with missed tackles and matchup problems.

Thomas a physically gifted but raw football talent out of Portland State only played football for his senior year in 2010. He spent his college career primarily playing basketball. The Bronco’s were impressed enough with his one season to take him in the 4th round of the 2011 Draft. Questions remain about his blocking ability but with his size and coaching he should improve.

The card market for Julius Thomas has exploded since his performance last night. He only has auto’s in Panini products and they all appear to be stickers. Cheap BuyItNow’s were all pretty much gobbled pre game and shortly after his first touchdown. Now it’s a waiting game to see where the market shakes out when the auctions start ending. Nothing in the BuyItNow listings can be had under $20. You could of picked up his mid range autos for sub $10 the last few weeks. They were even lower 2 months ago going for sub $5.

Popular Cards:
2011 Panini Contenders (AU) SP #/99
2011 Panini National Treasures
2011 Panini Playbook

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It’s been a little slow that last two weeks as the minor league season winds down.  Things should pick up with the September call-ups. Michael Choice, Nick Castellanos and Billy Hamilton were all called up on Sunday. Joey Gallo had his 40th Home Run yesterday and with it the rise in demand for his cards.

 

Taijuan Walker (SEA)

Current Rank: 10 +9

Made a his Major League debut last Friday night going 5 scoreless giving up only 2 hits with 2 strikeouts. Had steady improvement up the ladder this year while effectively developing his secondary pitches. Walker is just 21 and all the stuff to become a front of the rotation arm.

He signed a ton with cards dating back to 2010, so I imagine the market will become saturated pretty quickly. Will be interesting to see how much this affects the value in a couple of days. Oddly enough his first Bowman Chrome auto didn’t come out till this year and are still hovering in the $26-$33 range.

Popular Cards:
2013 Bowman Chrome (AU) $26-$33
2010 Bowman Sterling (AU) $16-$22
2013 Bowman Sterling (AU) $10-$13

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Khris Davis(MIL)

Current Rank: 25 +53

The folk tale of Khris Davis(Not Chris Davis) continues to grow. Called up to fill the roster spot of Ryan Braun. In doing so has supplied some much needed pop to the lineup. His fielding is a liability but his bat has more than made up for it. On the older side for being a prospect at 25, has proven he’s not over matched at the big league level.

Market wise he has sky rocketed up the rankings in the past week. Base 2011 Bowman Chrome Auto’s could of been had for $3-$5 a couple months ago are going in the $13-$18 range now.

Popular Cards:
2011 Bowman Chrome Auto $13-$18

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Lewis Brinson (TEX)

Current Rank: 35 +53

Rangers 1st round pick(29th Overall) in 2012, Brinson Joined the 20-20 club which is a rare feat in the South Alantic League. Strikes out a ton, though he’s only 19 and has time to work on his zone awareness and swing.

Some good lots are available in the market place and that’s helping to drive his Rankings. 2012 Bowman Chrome leads the way with base auto’s ranging from $13-$17

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $13-$17
2013 Bowman Sterling (AU) $4-$6

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Dilson Herrera (NYM)

Current Rank: 47 +87

The recent waiver wire trade to the Mets is driving his ranking. Decent pick up for the Mets considering they gave up a couple of rentals in Buck and Byrd for a legitimate Prospect. Herrera has shown some pop. Still needs work in the field and better zone awareness. He’s only 19 so there’s time to work those kinks out.

Prices on his 2013 Bowman Chrome auto have bumped a couple of bucks from $6-$$8 to around $10-$12.

Popular Cards:
2013 Bowman Chrome $10-$12

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Alex Wood (ATL)

Current Rank: 78 +56

Lit up yesterday but was hands down the best pitcher during August for the Braves going 2-0 in 5 starts with a 0.90 ERA and 28 K’s over 30 innings of work. University of Georgia Product drafted last year has fast tracked through the system. Durability is a concern because of his awkward delivery. It will be interesting to see if he makes it on the post season roster or if the Braves decide to shut him down.

Not much in the market place given he’s only a year into his pro career. Leaf has him covered in Metal, Ultimate Draft and Valiant. He also has a auto’s in Donruss Elite. Still decent value might be found but the arrow is trending upward.

Popular Cards:
2012 Donruss Elite (AU) $9-$13
2012 Leaf Valiant (AU) $8-$12

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Pretty good crop this week with mid range to low cost cards to be had for the players on the list. Kolten Wong and Travis D’Arnaud have reaped the benefits of being promoted to drive their rankings. Impressive performances form Joc Pederson, Robert Stephenson and Henry Owens have lifted their stock.

Xander Bogaerts has also started to track to the top of the rankings after making his Pro debut for Boston. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is on the top of our Prospect Rankings by the end of the week.

Kolten Wong (STL)

Current Rank: 10 +29

Called up last Friday in a move that would push Freese out of any regular playing time. The Cardinals have been having trouble scoring runs lately and the hope is Wong can help in that department along with shoring up defense at second. Not a power guy but a line drive hitter that will get on base consistently. In time will make for a solid #2 in the order guy. Low ceiling player but should turn into serviceable second baseman for years to come.

Wong is pretty well represented across the card companies. Ranging from $18-$24 for the Bowman Chrome auto’s to sub $10 for his Donruss Elite and Leaf Valiant auto’s. His cards bumped up a little bit with the call up but nothing dramatic.

Popular Cards:
2011 Bowman Chrome (AU) $18-$24
2011 Bowman Sterling (AU) $12-$18
2011 Donruss Elite (AU) $7-$10

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Robert Stephenson (CIN)

Current Rank: 14 +29

Promoted to Double-A after just 4 starts in High-A, jumping 2 levels since the start of the season. The Reds are known to fast track players (see Cingrani) and Stephenson seems to be on the same path even though he’s only 20. A classic power pitcher type with a fastball that he consistently throws in the 95-98 range who can touch 100.

Prices for his 2011 Bowman Chrome cards have nearly doubled in the last month and a half. Secondary offerings have bumped up a little but are still a good value at sub $10 levels.

Popular Cards:
2011 Bowman Chrome (AU) $28-$35
2011 Bowman Chrome (AU) $28-$35 2011 Bowman Sterling (AU) $8-$10

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Joc Pederson (LAD)

Current Rank: 17 +32

Southern League player of the week with great stat line: .435/.536/.826, 6 G, 10-for-23, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 5 R, 5 BB, 2 K. This is definitely pushing his ranking. Overall Pederson has put together a decent season this year batting .281 with 19 HR, 74R and 55 RBI’s. Pederson has great plate discipline with ability to hit advanced breaking stuff.

Base autos have remained pretty steady in pricing the past couple. His 2012 Bowman Chrome of course being the most sought after. If your looking for something cheaper he does have an Inception jersey auto for $8-$11

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $16-$20
2010 Donruss Elite (AU) $11-$15

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Henry Owens (BOS)

Current Rank: 31 +30

With the promotion of Xander Bogaerts today I would put Owens in as the top prospect in the minors for Boston. A dominant presence on the mound at 6’6″, Owens had a great season in High-A Salem with a 2.92 ERA, 123 K’s in 105 innings. Promoted to Double-A Portland two weeks ago he’s been unconscious in his first 3 starts with 1.20 ERA, 29 K’s in just 15 innings of work.

His cards have been on the rise over the past month. The 2010 Bowman Chrome USA Base Auto has gone from $9-$15 range to $27-$31. He doesn’t have a Boston Logo Auto Card although he does have a non-auto in 2011 Bowman draft.

Popular Cards:
2010 Bowman Chrome USA (AU) $27-$31

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Travis D’Arnaud (NYM)

Current Rank: 37 +19

The Mets acquired the top prospect in the R.A. Dickey trade this past offseason. D’Arnaud is a gifted offense first catcher that when healthy puts up great numbers. With John Buck finally taking a maternity the Mets called up D’Arnaud. Travis was on track to split time with Buck at the earlier this year before going down with a foot injury. Staying healthy has always been a real problem. If he can stay healthy he can be a force to contend with.

Card wise 2013 is the first time he’s had an auto in something since 2009. With the promotion there has been a big spike oddly enough on his Bowman Inception cards(possible schilling?). These could of been had in the $16-$22 range a couple weeks ago but now go for $32-$36.

Popular Cards:
2007 Bowman Chrome (AU) $26-$32
2013 Bowman Inception (SU) $32-$36

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The list this week is primarily dominated by recent call-ups. With September call-ups looming, I would believe that will be the primary focus of ranking changes through the end of the season.

For playoff contending teams it will be interesting to see who gets called up to the active roster before the September 1st deadline. This is required to be eligible for the post season roster. Primarily this ends up being starting pitchers who can provide bullpen help.

Danny Salazar (CLE)

Current Rank: 12 +16

A product of how routine Tommy John surgery has become. The Indians took their time bringing him back and it’s paid off. Pre surgery his fastball was in the 92-95 MPH range. Post op he’s throwing gas to the tune of 95-100 MPH. The long ball has hurt him in his two starts since being recalled. But he’s still been dominant striking out 15 in 11.2 innings with a .96 WHIP.

Salazar has autos in 2013 Bowman (Retail) and 2013 Bowman Platinum. Decent amount of product out there for the taking. His Bowman retail auto’s were going for around $6 in June are now $14-$18

Popular Cards:
2013 Bowman (AU) Retail $14-$17
2013 Bowman Platinum (AU) $15-$19

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Matt Davidson (ARI)

Current Rank: 26 +20

Called up to replace an injured Eric Chavez. It was looking like he was going to split time at third with Prado but with Cody Ross going down it looks as though the D-Backs will give Davidson an extended look at third. Strikes out alot but provides more than enough power to hold down the hot corner.

His cards have moved up a little bit but not to crazy since being promoted. Alot of his Bowman Chrome has been moving into the marketplace.

Popular Cards:
2010 Bowman Chrome (AU) $15-$18
2009 Bowman Draft Aflac (AU) $34-$38
2009 Donruss Elite #/599 (AU) $14-$18

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Wilmer Flores (NYM)

Current Rank: 39 +44

The Mets have been waiting awhile for this guy. He’s been in the system for what seems like ages but he’s just 21. Started his pro career when he was only 16. He’s improved with each step up the ladder. Really breaking out in AAA this year. The bat was just too hot to keep down. Flores has already had 9 RBI’s in just his first seven games. Hopefully the injury he suffered last night doesn’t put a halt to his fast start.

The New York market can definitely fuel the market for a players cards. His only auto’s can be found in 2008 Bowman Chrome and 2008 Donruss Elite. The market has heated up as more of his cards are being unearthed.

Popular Cards:
2008 Bowman Chrome (AU) $26-32

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Noah Syndergaard (NYM)

Current Rank: 40 +18

Noah is now top prospect in the Mets System with Wheeler gaining rookie status. He’s been phenomenal this year splitting the season between High A and Double-A. His numbers actually got better with the promotion to Double-A where he’s gone 5-0 with 1.76 ERA while striking out 54 in 46 innings of work. Kind of crazy to think of him joining Harvey and Wheeler in the rotation possibly by mid season next year.

His cards are moving well. The problem is there’s not alot of product on the market and what’s available is going for a premium.

Popular Cards:
2010 Bowman Chrome (AU) $45-53
2010 Donruss Elite #/809 (AU) $20-$24

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Kole Calhoun (LAA)

Current Rank: 55 +17

With Pujols on the DL Kole was deservedly called up. On the old side for a prospect at 25, he’s been raking in AAA all season with an OPS of 1.047. Not a player scouts are overly in love with but his bat plays and can provide some pop. Kole’s 30 day rank change of +475 is pretty impressive. Got off to a fast start after being called up, but has come down to earth the in the past week. It will be interesting to see if he can make the adjustments now that there is somewhat of a book on him.

Kole’s only auto can be found in 2012 Bowman Platinum. In June the base autos could of been had for around $5 now they range from $12-16 range.

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Platinum (AU) $12-16

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 dougYakupov. Galchenyuk. Huberdeau. Dougie.  Hockey fans who follow the game closely have known about these names and potential of these players for years. Their development in the various junior and minor leagues of hockey has been closely scrutinized and after they were drafted enthusiasts everywhere where eager to see how this rare group of talent would perform at the highest level in the world.  Then for months, there was nothing. 

The lockout was eventually and somewhat miraculously resolved resulting in a shortened but extremely entertaining season.  Similarly, after a seemingly endless wait, 2013-14 Trilogy released recently to fiending hockey collectors looking to finally have a chance at landing one of the coveted and highly touted rookies from last year’s draft and this year’s 48-game season.  Upper Deck has created a fantastic and appealing set with solid design to properly showcase the first-rate rookie selection and variety, and a solid mix of star, veteran, and Hall-of-Fame autographs, with nice game-used triple-jersey cards thrown in as well.

A high-end, 9-pack per outer box costing roughly $300, Trilogy’s most important aspect is that contains serial numbered autographed official rookie cards of the crucial players and several with very strong potential, all of which previously only had cards in unofficial sets from companies like In the Game.  The three levels of tiered rookie cards, led by the incredibly rare, numbered to 49 Level 3′s, add value and variety, creating a more collectible set over the long term.
As a result of this year’s first release, the past few weeks have seen a drastic shift in the focus of contemporary hockey collectors towards players with their first official NHL cards in Trilogy, due to both the quality and creativity of the checklist combined with the eye-pleasing aesthetics of the card design.

The most crucial collectible players are those already mentioned, in addition to several others, and really there’s not a “bad” rookie autograph in the whole checklist providing for nice possible future upside if one of these players breaks out like Kreider and Krug have the past two years (there must be something special about the letter “K” – remember that).

Nail YaKupov of course leads the way of the superstar rookies.  The latest phenom in an incredible run of acquisitions of NHL-ready 18-year olds for the Edmonton Oilers (last year it was Nugent-HopKins), the 2012 #1 Draft Pick who had ridiculous statistics in the OHL for the Sarnia Sting (look them up) nearly won the Calder despite missing a chunk of time, and showed flashes of brilliance, deft, and skill way beyond his years.  It’s an exciting prospect to think about what he can do this upcoming full-schedule season while playing with the other talented and still-devloping-themselves members of the Edmonton youth movement.  The Yak’s first official RC Auto in that beloved Oilers jersey is simply a great card, featuring this year’s appealing contemporary minimalist design incorporating a crisp action shot on a nearly borderless mirror-reflective surface.  Many collectors have voiced their gripes about the sticker autographs, but with such a reflective and smooth surface there was really no other option, and it truly doesn’t detract from the overall quality of the cards.  Within 2 days of release, Yakupov’s ranking immediately jumped to #2 up six spots from #8.  He’s been at #1 several times, but seems in the recent week to have settled into the #2 position, right behind his former teammate in Ontario, a guy they call Gally.

alex_gAlex Galchenyuk has given Canadians collectors an intense case of the Montreal Frenzy Fever.  Ironic, because this Wisconsin-born offensive juggernaut lived and was raised in several different European countries before settling down in Russia.  A beast since he first skated, the third overall draft pick in 2012 is a true franchise superstar and has maintained an incredibly high level of play since coming back from a tough ACL injury two years ago, as if it never happened.  Number 1 with a bullet on the rookie chart, jumping basically immediately there upon the sets release, if he produces in the upcoming years as expected and can bring some playoff magic to the hungry city, his 3 Trilogy RC Auto’s will be among his most coveted cards.  It’s worth noting here that, due to the condition-sensitivity of the cards, if you happen to have a good one in nice condition it’s certainly worth considering having it graded, as 9.5s and even 9s should add serious value especially over the long-term.

Besides the clear-cut (crystal) top two, many other standout up-and-comers are featured on their first official cards and are worthwhile of mention.  A quick look down the rest of top ten rookies right now shows Brendan Gallagher and Dougie Hamilton at 3 and 4 respectively.  Up a whopping 24 spots in the past four weeks, Gallagher is another Montreal Canadian providing serious hope for a strong future for the historic franchise.  Canadians fans have created a serious demand that has spilled over into the general hockey collecting universe. The diminutive Gallagher is unlike all the other players mentioned here in that he was not always a heralded prospect – he was selected by Montreal with the 147th pick in Round I Didn’t Know They Still Had That Many.  His grit, determination, and ability have resulted in a seriously exciting player to watch and his level 3 RC Auto #/49 is probably worth picking up if you’re lucky enough to cross paths with one.  The total physical opposite of Gallagher, Dougie Hamilton is a 6 ft 5 in. humongous presence who’s defensive agility and anticipation are a sight to behold when he’s on the ice.  The 20 year-old has Bruins fans day-dreaming of a team capable of world domination with their two carnival-quality giants, Chara and the Dooog (which also sounds like it’d be a great sitcom).

Additionally, Trilogy benefits by including the first official cards of Jonathan Huberdeau, last year’s Calder Trophy winner and another highly-drafted phenom with superstar-bustout potential, despite that he plays in Florida (the reason he is only ranked #7) and Justin Schultz, the Oiler defenseman who surprised basically everyone with his strong play and two-way ability at the NHL level last year, and who’s current ranking at #5 is actually a more impressive leap than even Gallagher’s. Prior to Trilogy’s release a few short weeks ago, Schultz was sitting at #43.  The other notable players in the set at this point who’ve seen exponential increase in their demand and prospect collector ranking are Vladimir Tarasenko (#6, up from #12), Beau Bennett (#11, up from #37), and Mikael Granlund (#15, up from #30).

orrExpect further significant movement of these players as the season begins and performance-driven valuation again takes affect.  It should be a little while until more high-end sets come out due to the typical release calendar and patterns, so the top Trilogy cards will remain in demand over the short term, and the incredible rookie selection and top-level potential autograph and insert cards from Gretzky, Orr, Crosby, etc, which hasn’t even really been mentioned in this review but are still significant (as seen in the Orr Signature Pucks card), will make it a strong and memorable set over the long run.  Be sure to closely watch the rankings in the coming months as more sets are released and the season begins, and the just-as-strong second half of this double-rookie class join these carryovers from last year.  Exciting times now and ahead.

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Alot of big gainers this week with the release of Bowman Platinum. Trade deadline deals have also made an impact as well.

Huge thanks to those who stopped by to check us out at the National last week. We were truely blown away by the response and support.

Xander Bogaerts (BOS)

Current Rank: 5 +10

With the Red Sox trading away Iglesias and no one stepping up at third the focus has shifted to not if, but when is Bogaerts going to get called up. Even though he’s a shortstop we’ve seen this move work in the recent past with the Orioles last year moving Machado to third. Xander’s been getting playing time at third since the trade went down last week.

His Base Chrome Auto’s have continued to surge into the $100+ range. This is one of those scenarios where no one wants to be caught on the wrong side(ala Jackie Bradley) when he gets called up. If he comes up and dazzles all bets are off as to his ceiling.

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $100-$110
2011 Leaf Metal (AU) $34-$40

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Maikel Franco (PHI)

Current Rank: 13 +75

Has Cooled of a little bit the past ten days, Though his numbers overall since being promoted midseason to AA have been phenomenal. Batting .346 with 8 HR and 30 RBI’s only striking our 14 times in 162 AB’s.

Made the list a couple of weeks ago but now has his first auto(Bowman Platinum) to drive his ranking up. Even his Superfactor has surfaced in the first week Bowman Platinum’s been on the market. Base Refractor autos have settled in the $23-$28 range but could dip a little more as the market saturates.

Popular Cards:
2013 Bowman Platinum $23-$28
2012 Bowman Chrome $3-$6

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Kyle Zimmer (KC)

Current Rank: 20+19

The Fifth overall pick in last years draft Zimmer has really come on of late after a rough start to the season. Was pormoted a couple of weeks ago to AA and has continued to do well going 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 27 SO.

Card wise his prices have moved up marginally. More Auto’s have moved into the market with the releases of Bowman Inception and Bowman Platinum. Decent value for someone who projects to as #2 starter.

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $17-$22
2012 Donruss Elite (AU) $6-$10

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Jorge Alfaro (TEX)

Current Rank: 36+322

Raw toolsy high ceiling guy with enourmous potential but has no plate discipline. Although he has a cannon for an arm defensively he has struggled to handle pitches. Pefect case of High Risk/High Reward. If Jorge can put it together he would be a monster. But i think his deficiancies may be too much to overcome.

First auto’s have hit(Bowman Platinum) for Alfaro making it the main reason for his big jump up the ladder.

Popular Cards:
2013 Bowman Platinum (AU) $4-$7

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So much going on this week with the recent spate of call ups and trades. Junior Lake has been by far the biggest story. The Cubs have drawn alot of interest this week with Lake and the Garza trade.

Bowman Platinum hits the shelf this upcoming week, so we should see some movement with a couple of players with first time auto’s. I will have an update regarding those players and their movement on release day. Maikel Franco will no doubt be the top of that list.

 

Christian Yelich (MIA)

Current Rank: 11 +40

The Marlins have struggled to produce runs at the big league level so Yelich was brought up to provide some relief. Not a big poer guy but he can hit and has a solid approach. I don’t have as big of an issue with him making the jump.The Marlins just need to let him play and not expect the world of him right out of the gate.

Yelich has been a favorite of prospectors for awhile. He’s a good case study of just because he gets called up doesn’t mean his cards are going to spike. Although prices did go up from a couple of weeks ago they are about where they were in mid May before he got injured. The great thing about his call up is there will be more low numbered cards unearthed that haven’t been seen for a couple years.

Popular Cards:
2010 Bowman Chrome (AU) $40-$50
2010 Donruss Elite (AU) $23-$28

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Junior Lake (CHC)

Current Rank: 15 +283

Puig part II? Not exactly. Although he is on a tear since being called up last week, it’s way to early to start drawing that comparison. He’s got the tools, but consitency has been a problem with him through his career. Doesn’t walk alot and the power has yet to be fully realized. This year he was moved to 3rd from shortstop, but has been playing the outfield in the bigs. He only had 6 games of outfield experience in the minors so I can give him a pass for the interim with some of the questionable play. Gonna take time to learn the position.

Collecting wise Lake would be threatening the top spot in our rankings if he had more product available. His 2012 Bowman Chrome base cards and colored variations have been moving a decent clip. The only certified auto he has strangley enough is a sticker auto in 2012 Upper Deck SP Signature(no picture).

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome $3-$5
2012 Upper Deck SP Signature (AU) $30-$50??? Small sample size.

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Mike Olt (CHC)

Current Rank: 21+25

New team, new market of collectors driving his cards. Olt doesn’t have to worry about beig positionally blocked like he was in Texas. Took a step back to begin this year with vison problems. Last fall in the Dominican Winter League Olt received a concussion after being beaned. This was thought to be the root of his vision problems. The problem was finally identified as a faulty tear duct. He was given drops to help lubricate his eyes and now he’s starting to round back into form.

His cards have seen a little bump since the trade. 2010 Bowman chrome auto jumped from $15 to around $23-$30. This is still far off from his highs of last year. There is a lot value there at this stage considering

Popular Cards:
2010 Bowman Chrome (AU) $23-$30
2010 Donruss Elite (AU) $13-$18
2013 Bowman Chrome RC (AU) $17-$22

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C.J. Edwards (CHC)

Current Rank: 26+111

Edwards a 48th round pick in 2011 out of high school, began the year as a sleeper to watch out for. His performance so far has made him the other key piece the Cubs received in the trade Garza from Texas. His numbers this season have been impressive going 8-2 with a 1.83 ERA, 122 SO, 34 BB through 93.1 IP. He has yet to give up a HR in his Pro Career.

His only auto card can be found in 2013 Bowman Chrome. They started to tick up earlier this month based on his performance and have jumped a little more with the trade. At the end of May his Chrome auto could’ve been had fo $6-$9 now they are selling consitiently in the $13-$18 range.

Popular Cards:
2013 Bowman Chrome (AU) $13-$18

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Jake Marisnick (MIA)

Current Rank: 44+42

The callup of Marisnick is one that makes me scratch my head. Did not see this one coming. Marisnick came over to the Marlins in the big salary dump trade with the Blue Jays this Off season. Toolsy plus defender that still needs work on his approach at the plate. Triple-A would have been a better place to work on that then the bigs. But it is what it is. The Marlins just need to be patient and let him play.

Popular Cards:
22012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $13-$16
2009 Donruss Elite (AU) $4-$6

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Juan Lagares (NYM)

Current Rank: 183+429

NL Player of the week last week(3 Games). Lagares has taken over the Mets center field postion outright with his impressive play in center. He’s got great speed that makes getting to tough balls look routine in the outfield. Not a power guy but his bat has been been good enough against righties to let him play everyday. Strikeout and zone awareness have been a problem through his minor league career. At this point the Mets have nothing to lose at this point to see what he can do.

Lagares only has base cards in 2012 Bowman and 2010 Topps Pro Debut. The action has really heated up on his Chrome Variations.

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome Base $1-$2

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Couple of guys who broke through prior to this weeks list of risers that are worth mentioning. Since i was out of the country on vacation, I figure it would be good to show the players that moved up the previous week as well. Rank Change for the following is based on the 30 Day Change since the rise preceded the last seven days.

Andrew Heaney (MIA)

Current Rank: 73 +97

2012 First round pick (9th overall) for the Marlins, went down with a lat strain in spring camp. Missed 2 months before returning at the end of May. Heaney has been stellar in High A so far since his return with a 1.21 ERA, 54 SO, 13 BB in just over 44 innings.

Represented well in Auto’s, Heaney can be found in Topps, Panini and Leaf. Bargains can be had in leaf if your looking to aquire low cost cards.

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome (AU) $10-$13
2012 Donruss Elite Extra Edition (AU) $6-$9
2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft (AU) $3

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Maikel Franco (PHI)

Current Rank: 79 +210

His power is finally catching up to his fielding ability at third. Started the season in High-A where he put up impressive numbers: .299 BA, .349 OBP, 16 HR’s and 52 RBI’s. Promoted a few weeks ago to Double-A Reading he continues to destroy the baseball going 31-79(.392) with 5 HR’s and 15 RBI’s.

Franco has no auto’s, so base is the only game in town right now. He has base cards in Bowman and Topps Pro Debut. The Colored variations are climbing steadily.

Popular Cards:
2012 Bowman Chrome $3-$6
2013 Topps Pro Debut $1-$3

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Kyle Crick (SF)

Current Rank: 102 +121

1st round sandwich pick in 2012, has seen limited action this year with due to an oblique injury. Throws gas with secondary pitches coming along well. Command is an issue that needs to be ironed out with 19 walks in just 30 innings. The strikeouts(44) so far this year have helped to get him out of jams and keep his ERA down to 1.21.

The market is currently in hold mode for his cards with very few auctions to drive his ranking. But the value at this point is being held by collectors looking to protect thier investment.

Popular Cards:
2011 Bowman Chrome (AU) $15-$19
2011 Bowman Sterling (AU) $9-$14

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