Aroldis Chapman made his MLB debut and the radar gun was popping off the charts with speeds as high as 105 MPH. With fellow mega-prospect Stephen Strasburg on the shelf with Tommy John surgery, the collecting world turns to Chapman to see if he can fill the void.
A 2009 Bowman Chrome Aroldis Chapman Superfractor 1/1 graded BGS 9 currently is creeping up the charts of the most watched baseball cards on eBay. The price is already a staggering $5K, even though this card has no autograph or memorabilia piece. In 2009 Chapman had yet to sign with an MLB team, but Topps could produce his first cards because he played in the World Baseball Classic (WBC). The Superfractor parallels, serial numbered 1/1, are some of the most sought after cards in the industry.
A couple things concern me about investing in someone like Chapman, one being the recent example of Strasburg going down with arm trouble. Will Chapman be able to keep throwing it 100 MPH + for most of his career without similar arm trouble? Also, I am not sure if Chapman speaks English or not but that does play a role in collecting because fans want to relate to the player they are buying. Not that Strasburg gave the best interviews, but he articulated himself well and that helped fuel the demand for his cards. But, throwing the ball 105 MPH can translate to all languages and if Chapman can keep bringing the heat he will be a hot name in the hobby until his arm wears out.
UPDATE: Card is for sale again "because the winner of the last auction has backed out of the deal." Here is the rundown on the new auction.
2009 Bowman Chrome Aroldis Chapman SUPERFRACTOR 1/1 Re-Listed
Current Price: $192.50
Final Price: $715.87
Auction Ends: September 19
2009 Bowman Chrome Aroldis Chapman SUPERFRACTOR 1/1
Watchers: 164 (Most Watched Trading Card)
Current Price: $5,100.00
Final Price: ???????????
Auction Ends: September 10