Wednesday, September 29, 2010

2001 Sp Authentic Michael Vick Rookie Auto Patch /250

Since his debut in 2001, the value of Michael Vick's rookie cards have seen huge fluctuations in price as he has experienced the highs and lows in life and the highs and lows as a QB in the NFL. His 2001 Sp Authentic rookie was one of the hottest cards I remember from that era with the patch and autograph combination being groundbreaking at the time. Vick never quite lived up to the enormous hype in Atlanta and the dog fighting conviction eventually plummeted the price for the 2001 Sp Authentic Patch Autograph Rookie to under $200.00.
Vick was forced into the lineup when Eagles starting QB Kevin Kolb went down early in week 1 with a concussion and Vick's play during the first three weeks will keep Kolb on the bench for the foreseeable future. The value of Mike Vick rookie cards has risen steadily since his return to the NFL, but they have really gotten a boost in the last few weeks and this 2001 Sp Authentic, serial numbered #/250, is one of the most watched cards on eBay.

2001 SP Authentic Michael Vick RC AUTO Patch 178/250
Watchers: 136 (Most Watched Trading Card)
Current Price: $277.00
Final Price: $687.00
Auction Ends: October 7

Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 Topps Platinum Jahvid Best Rookie Jumbo Patch /10

Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best has been a huge threat out of the backfield and already has 5 touchdowns through the first two weeks of the 2010 NFL regular season. Collectors are jumping aboard the Best Bandwagon and one of his most popular cards from 2010 Topps Platinum is for sale on eBay.
The 2010 Topps Platinum Jumbo Patch Autograph cards feature a prime piece of event or game worn jersey. All the rookies in the set have event worn jerseys from the 2010 NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot. Some of the players with game used jerseys from the Platinum Jumbo Patch set are: Reggie Bush, John Elway, and Chad Ochocinco. 

Jahvid Best has a chance to be a top NFL running back and might be able to help turn the fortunes of the Lions around. He may not put up huge rushing yard totals, but he will catch a lot of passes and that will boost his overall numbers. If he can continue to play well and the Lions can improve it will drive the prices for his rookie cards even higher. Keep in mind he ran very well against two teams that have notoriously been good at stopping the running game in the past, Philadelphia and Chicago. If the Lions can put some wins together then that might create more buzz for Best which will elevate the value of his rookie cards even higher.

2010 TOPPS PLATINUM PATCH AUTO JAHVID BEST 1/10
Watchers: 58
Current Price: $212.50
Final Price: $355.00
Auction Ends: September 20

Saturday, September 18, 2010

2005 Troy Tulowitzki Rookie Bowman Chrome Gold /50

Being a fan of the SF Giants, I get to see Colorado Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki play quite often and am always very impressed at his ability both on offense and defense. Troy is taller then most SS, but he moves very well and his arm is as good as any player who plays the position. His bat has really heated up during September and has already hit 13 HR's this month alone as he tries to get the Rockies into the National League playoffs.
Collectors interest in Tulowitzki has also stared to heat up this month as several high end cards have hit eBay. This 2005 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor, serial numbered #/50, is not the most popular Tulowitzki card at auction, but it is his most watched rookie card. It will be interesting to see what price this card fetches because on September 13, a BGS graded 9.5 Troy Tulowitzki Gold Refractor sold for $315.00. Wow, this card is ungraded and just 5 days later almost matches the price!

2005 TROY TULOWITZKI BOWMAN CHROME GOLD REF RC #04/50
Watchers: 48
Current Price: $188.00
Final Price: $306.61
Auction Ends: September 18

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2007 UD Exquisite Brandon Jackson Rookie Auto /99

Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant went down with an ankle injury during week one which opens the door for Brandon Jackson to get increased work on the football field and collectors would be well advised to search their stacks for any of his 2007 rookie cards.

Jackson is a former star at the University of Nebraska and was a 2nd round pick by the Packers in the 2007 NFL Draft. He's played off and on since his rookie season in '07 but has mostly served as a backup to Grant. This might be a great time to sell high on Jackson because the shelf life of NFL running backs is typically short and sweet. The Packers are a high profile team and fans of the team spend big bucks on cards as evident earlier this month when an Aaron Rodgers 2005 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Autograph 1/1 sold for $2,570.00. I am not convinced Jackson will be as productive as Grant was and that's why I would look to move any Brandon Jackson cards a.s.a.p.  It's too bad Dimitri Nance, a RB the Packers just signed off the Atlanta Falcons practice squad, does not have any rookie cards because he might be a guy who ends up getting some carries if/when Jackson wears down.

Rookie cards of Brandon Jackson have began to heat up on eBay and one of the most popular RC's for sale is his 2007 Upper Deck Exquisite Autograph /99.  If Jackson runs well the next couple weeks look for prices to continue to rise. Take advantage of this upswing and sell any Jackson cards in your collection and put a few dollars in your pocket.

2007 Exquisite RC Auto 3Clr Patch Brandon Jackson /99
Watchers: 24
Current Price: $96.55
Final Price: $155.63
Auction Ends: September 15


Monday, September 13, 2010

2009 Arian Foster Rookie Card Watch

I remember picking up Houston Texans RB Arian Foster in one of my fantasy football leagues....... last year...... because he was going to get some work in a game. He promptly came in and fumbled and went straight into the coaches doghouse for the remainder of the season. It's safe to say Foster is out of the doghouse and into the proverbial penthouse with his 231 yard 3 TD performance in week one of the 2010 NFL season against the Indianapolis Colts.

Arian Foster 2009 rookies are the hottest football cards on eBay at the moment. Foster has 23 cards and 4 1/1's available in the 2009 Press Pass Football set. In addition to those cards, just 13 "true" rookie cards were made of Foster during the 2009 season but over 125 parallels, inserts and 1/1 cards were also produced. Here is the complete list of the 13 NFL licensed Arian Foster rookie cards:

*Note - Absolute Memorabilia and Donruss Threads each have retail versions*
Check the link to see what they sell for on eBay:

Monday, September 6, 2010

2009 Bowman Chrome Aroldis Chapman Superfractor RC /1

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
Watchers: 52
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

Sunday, September 5, 2010

2010 Topps Ndamukong Suh Sketch Card Autograph /1

When I spent some time in Nebraska this summer for the College World Series, the topic of conversation would usually steer toward football, and specifically the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The people in Omaha loved Ndamkong Suh and they are eagerly anticipating his NFL debut with the Detroit Lions.

Suh payed homage to his former college on his 2010 Topps Sketch card by inscribing "Huskers 93" on the front. The card is serial numbered 1/1 and has an autograph on the back. These cards were obtained by Topps at the 2010 NFL Rookie Premiere Photo Shoot, and inserted into packs of 2010 Topps Football. Earlier this month a Tim Tebow Sketch card sold for $752.37.  Before I took my trip to Nebraska I was surprised to see how high Ndamkong Suh's rookie cards were selling for, specifically the 2010 Press Pass Autographs were selling for as high as $70 when the set was first released. My guess is that many of Suh's rookie cards end up in the state of Nebraska because no matter what type of career he has in the NFL he will always have a huge fan base from that area.

2010 Topps NDAMUKONG SUH Sketch AUTO 1/1 Autograph
Watchers: 64
Current Price: $128.09
Final Price: $142.50
Auction Ends: September 5

Thursday, September 2, 2010

2008 UD Exquisite Jamaal Charles Rookie Auto Patch /75

I have a vested interest in Jamaal Charles this season as I took him in the 3rd round in one of my fantasy football leagues. Collectors may want to start taking a look at the Kansas City Chiefs running back because his cards could be poised for a huge pop if he runs wild this season.

Coming into the 2010 season, Charles was in the coaches doghouse because he came into camp apparently out of shape and even less motivated. Old man Thomas Jones was brought in to share some of the workload and the carries might be split 50/50 to start the season. The last four games of 2009 Charles flashed the potential that made him a 3rd round pick in 2008, his rushing yards in those games were: 143, 154, 102 and a 25 carry - 259 yard - 2 TD performance to cap off the season.

A 2008 Upper Deck Exquisite Jamaal Charles rookie autographed patch card is treading toward the bottom of the most watched cards on eBay. Take a look at the prices for Chris Johnson's 2008 Exquisite rookie card during the time he was on his way to a 2000 yard season in '09. You'll notice that the serial numbered versions to /75 were selling for around $200-450 depending on how nice the card was. The three and four color patch cards will command a premium on eBay. This Charles 08 UD Exquisite RC is only a two color patch, but if the price is right and he runs well in 2010 the investment could pay off huge in a few short months. Also note that the card is serial numbered 25/75 and Charles currently wears #25 for the Chiefs although on the card he is wearing #29.

Update: Card taken off eBay by the seller.

08 Exquisite JAMAAL CHARLES Auto RC Patch 25/75
Watchers: 44
Current Price: $26.00
Final Price: ???????
Auction Ends: September 5

2005 Bowman Chrome Aaron Rodgers Gold Autograph /1

Prices for 2005 Aaron Rodgers rookie cards have steadily climbed the last couple months with collectors and fans anticipating another big year from the Packers QB.  In July, Sports Card Radio ranked his RC's as the #1 hottest football cards on eBay and to get September started a huge hit from '05 Bowman Chrome is currently for sale on eBay.

The gold refractor parallels are serial numbered 1/1 (stamped on the back) and a big sticker autograph of Rodgers is on the front of the card. It's the most watched trading card on eBay across all sports and bidding is fast approaching $2k. Autograph rookie cards of popular QB's explode in value when that player is hot. Rodgers is being drafted very high in fantasy football leagues and the Packers appear to have one of the better teams on paper going into the 2010 NFL season. All this bodes well for collectors who bought cards of Rodgers when he was backing up Brett Favre from 2005-2007 because prices have been climbing since 2008 when Aaron took over as starter.

Most of that product from 2005 is fairly dreadful if I remember right. I've opened some of the Bowman Chrome and a lot of the Finest from that year and the rookie class is really thin. Rodgers has emerged as the big name and sellers should be taking every opportunity to cash in and sell high if that's what they choose to do. Also, if you sell boxes on eBay, be sure to take a look at the wholesale pricing for the 2005 products to see if you can now hype it up and sell it for a profit. The stuff from 2005 was dirt cheap for a few years and some wholesalers don't update their pricing as much as others so you might be able to find a good deal. 2005 Finest Football boxes have 3 mini boxes and a box topper which can all be re-sold individually for profit if you can get the right price. Make sure to mention that Rodgers rookie cards have gone through the ceiling the last couple months to entice bidders.

2005 BOWMAN CHROME AARON RODGERS RC AUTO TRUE 1/1
Watchers: 412
Current Price: $1,985.00
Final Price: $2,570.00
Auction Ends: September 8