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Following the trends of the value of sports cards and whether it’s a good time to buy low or sell high.

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Playing the high risk, high reward game with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes

Out of curiosity, I thought I’d check how much the 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect base auto (BGS Graded 9.5/10) for St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes was going for now since he is out for the year after requiring Tommy John surgery.
For a highly-touted prospect coming into this season with expectations he’d crack the Cardinals starting rotation, Reyes auto rookie card can be had for $50 on eBay.
screen-shot-2017-02-15-at-10-36-02-amWe’ve already written why it’s risky in the first place to invest in pitchers, using Reyes as an example.
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Cody Bellinger’s rough pre-season is hurting his card value  

A few weeks ago we wrote about the rapid rise of Cody Bellinger’s baseball cards by tracking the selling price of his 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospect Auto.
We found that if you were to buy his card in the early fall it would have only cost in the low $100 range, and that by February the price was pushing $200 – almost double the cost!
bellingerIt’s a remarkable run, which shows that investing in prospects has the potential to net collectors a nice return. But the problem is, what happens when the prospect is unable to meet the lofty expectations of becoming the new face of their franchise?
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Top 10 Bowman Chrome autograph cards: The Complete List

In anticipation for the new MLB season we recently counted down the top 10 Bowman Chrome Autograph cards of all time. To see our criteria you can click here, and to read our breakdown on each card click its respective link to be directed to the analysis page.
All values are as of Mar 2017 (BGS 9.5).

  1. Mookie Betts Bowman Chrome Prospect Auto $360

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  1. Nolan Arenado Bowman Chrome Prospect Auto $375

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  1. Manny Machado Bowman Chrome Prospect Auto $400

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PROSPECT WATCH: Future Pittsburgh Pirates' outfielder Austin Meadows

With the baseball season just around the corner, some of the highly-touted prospects will be sent down (if not already) to develop their skills further in the minors or to wait just a little while longer for an opportunity to arise to play in the big leagues.
One prospect to watch out for is outfielder Austin Meadows who is currently MLB.com’s number 9 prospect overall.
Screen Shot 2017-03-29 at 11.17.28 AM.pngHe certainly has the pedigree of a top prospect, having been drafted in the first round in 2013 and showing power/speed potential in both Double-A and Triple-A ball.
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Countdown Preview: Top 10 Bowman Chrome autograph cards

For modern day collectors and baseball fans, the Bowman Chrome brand has become one of the most sought after products of the new millennium. The strength in the brand comes from the prestige of its autograph prospect and rookie cards.
If you were to search out the most sought out prospect card for a given baseball player who debuted in the last 15 years, it is almost guaranteed it will be one of their Bowman Chrome cards. While a player’s first card, or even their first autograph card may not be in the Bowman Chrome set, it is usually their most valuable.
screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-6-15-58-pmBecause of a Topps licensing agreement with Major League Baseball (starting in 2009), a player’s Bowman Chrome autograph will often be their first autographed card in the uniform of a major league team and the first to include all the proper MLB trademarks.
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Beware of investing in breakout seasons: the lesson learned from Ryan Braun, Matt Kemp

One of the worst things that can happen to a collector is to observe a player’s monstrous breakout season, purchase his rookie card, and then watch him struggle to replicate that production for the rest of his career ensuring that you will never recoup the money you spent.
If you were burned in the past by investing in a player after a breakthrough season, don’t let it discourage you too much, but make sure to learn your lesson.
Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 11.19.19 PM.pngA great case study collectors can learn from features players in the 2011 National League MVP race, when Ryan Braun narrowly edged out Matt Kemp for the award. Braun would finish 2011 with a .332/.397/.597 line along with 33 HRs, 33 SBs and 7.8 WAR.
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Will Houston Astros' Alex Bregman take the next step?

One of the fun parts about Spring Training are the annual predictions on which young player(s) will take a leap forward to join the elites of the game.
Last year we saw Corey Seager and Mookie Betts make that leap in their development and turn in runner-up MVP seasons.  And a host of other young guns either made their first star appearance, or produced an all-star worthy stat line by the end of the season.
This year, one of the players that fans, insiders, and card collectors are expecting big things from is Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman.
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