Archive for August, 2011
Here are the autographs added to the checklist:
Javier Baez, Cubs
Matt Barnes, Red Sox
Trevor Bauer, Diamondbacks
Jed Bradley, Brewers
CJ Cron, Angels
Jose Fernandez, Marlins
Tyler Goeddel, Rays
Sonny Gray, A’s
Jake Hager, Rays
James Harris, Rays
Francisco Lindor, Indians
Brandon Martin, Rays
Kevin Matthews, Rangers
Brandon Nimmo, Mets
George Springer, Astros
Corey Spangenberg, Padres
Trevor Story, Rockies
Dan Vogelbach, Cubs
Keenyn Walker, White Sox
Kolten Wong, Cardinals
Joe Panik, Giants
Several of these guys like Lindor, Gray, Springer, Spangenberg, Bradley, Panik and Wong have had autographed cards before. Most of them were in previous Bowman products as well. Of course most were shown in Team USA jerseys meaning these will be the ones most coveted by collectors. Bauer is definitely a welcome addition!
There will be plenty of guys left off of this list as there are far to many WR’s in the league to give a comprehensive list so instead we’ll focus on the guys you should buy into and those who you should avoid like that annoying girl in high school that asked you out no less than twenty times senior year.
**IMPORTANT NOTE- Investing in Wide Receivers is almost always riskier than any other position you could choose, do your own research to be sure you want to buy into a guy.**
Larry Fitzgerald- It’s hard to say his rookie cards don’t get their due respect but given his numbers and age they should be getting even more support. 2004 Topps Chrome Refractors routinely sell under $10 for the only current player with a legitimate shot at cracking the top 3 major recieving stats for his career. Jerry Rice may never be caught but 8200 yards and 65 TD’s at the soon to be age of 28 Fitz is the only one with a real chance at catching Rice’s 197 TD’s and almost 23,000 yards. Rice played until he was 42 and Fitz’s body type, work ethic, and all around health say that he could do the same. INVESTMENT GRADE: A
Calvin Johnson- There isn’t much to say about “Megatron” that you haven’t already heard. He is the epitome of a stud at the WR position. Talent-wise nobody in the league touches the class he and Larry Fitzgerald are in. His National Treasures Auto Patches run about $125 which is about $50-100 lower than they should be given their rarity and fantastic design. His 2007 Contenders autographs will cost you about $70 and don’t have a ton of room for growth when you compare them to other stud WR’s rookie cards because they aren’t all that rare and their are plenty of other rookie card options available in 2007 if the Contenders gets too high priced. You can’t really go wrong buying Megatron, just don’t expect it to be a huge upside investment. INVESTMENT GRADE: B+
Percy Harvin-Sidney Rice is gone, Donovan McNabb is in. Donovan loves his speedy little slot WR’s and his TE’s. Expect Harvin’s production to spike if he can stay on the field. This year will be a big one in determining whether Minnesota makes him the centerpiece of the passing game going forward. He needs to stay healthy and find a quick fix for those darn migraines when they hit him. Harvin is still only 23 years old and definitely has the highlight reel potential you look for when considering the potential for rookie cards to appreciate in value. We like him a lot this season and his NT can be found for under $50 while his Exquisite is more around $75. Our biggest recommendation would be to buy NT or Topps Chrome which you can find for about $25. INVESTMENT GRADE: B+
Greg Jennings- We’re not sure what’s keeping Jenning’s Rookie cards down. Is it that Aaron Rodgers is making everyone look good so Jennings value is being underappreciated? Perhaps, but Jennings is probably there for the longhaul and he and Rodgers will inevitably become a Manning/Harrison or Montana/Rice like combo should they both stay healthy. His Exquisite RC Autos #’d to 150 are his unquestioned best and most valuable rookie and sell around $60. Given the Green Bay fan base you can expect that to fluctuate to $100 if he has another dynamite season and possibly more if the Pack get another Super Bowl ring. The only thing hurting his value worth noting is that he had a lot of autographs collector’s can get for under $30 that are in much higher supply like Topps Chrome, SPX and Bowman Chrome. He is also as old as Larry Fitzgerald already. INVESTMENT GRADE: B
Vernon Davis- The San Fran QB situation is just as bad as it’s ever been with Davis at TE so it’s not like that will hurt his potential output in comparison to any other year. He is still a freak athlete as usual and given the opportunity will end up on highlight reels quite a few times this season. His value has gradually been dragged down each year of his career thanks to SF’s pisspoor team. With Exquisite Auto Patches under $40 and SPA Auto Patches under $25-30 it seems like a decent time to invest if you believe in his potential. We do. INVESTMENT GRADE: B
Dezmon Briscoe- While none of his rookie cards picture him in a Buccaneers uniform which is sad for a second year player there are plenty of neutral UD products showing him in his Kansas Jayhawk duds. Briscoe was ditched by the receiver heavy Cincinnati roster early last season and picked up by the Bucs where he ended the season with a 4 reception, 65 yard and one touchdown game at New Orleans. Thanks to Arrelious Benn’s injury problems Briscoe has unseated him as the starter opposite Mike Williams. The Bucs are a crowd favorite pick as sleeper in the NFC this year although they are hardly a sleeper after their 10 win season in 2010. Grab some of his KU RC Autographs but don’t spend over $5-6 on one as they don’t have much room for upside beyond $10 even if he does do well. He will probably remain second fiddle in the card market to teammate Mike Williams barring a true breakout season. There is a little room for growth though and of course a low entrance price to the Briscoe market. INVESTMENT GRADE: C+
Jeremy Maclin- Now that his major health concerns have been revealed to be a tough case of mononucleosis you can continue your regularly scheduled buying of Maclin. He’s essentially the same player as Desean Jackson but about 1/10th as much of a head case. With 2009 Exquisite and SPA Auto Patches always under $50 it’s not too much of a gamble and it could really pay off when Desean ultimately does something stupid to get suspended. Once again though this is the type of price range you really need to tread lightly with WR’s. INVESTMENT GRADE: C+
Earl Bennett- Another low risk, semi-high reward guy like Meachem, Bennett is in need of a breakout season. Everything looked good for him to finally come in healthy and be the #1 guy. Precisely the instant we were ready to dive deep into Bennett the Bears signed Roy Williams. Williams’ signing doesn’t necessarily kill Bennett’s value and in fact it could help his on field performance greatly with another threat for defenders to worry about. However we’re reading it as a lack of confidence in Bennett and backing off. With that being said there is still potential for his RC Autos to make a move. Grab a few lower end cards like Topps Chrome Autographs or if you can get an SP Authentic for less than $15-20 go ahead and take a chance. INVESTMENT GRADE: B- (Upgraded 8/29/11 from C+)
Dez Bryant- Nowhere to go but down usually on guys like this who have sky high prices and are still riding high from a stellar rookie season for a big market team. We don’t expect his value to sink much but it certainly won’t be gaining much if anything even if he does do all that well. With non-SP Contenders around $50 that puts him on a level above young stars like Jamaal Charles and Ray Rice which he clearly has not earned yet. Make no mistakes about our impression of Dez…he will be good but there won’t be much money to be made here especially when you consider the entrance price. INVESTMENT GRADE: C
Tony Moeaki- The Chiefs love him, fans love the Chiefs…however in this case Moeaki may have already topped out in value. You have to keep in mind fans are hoping for the next Tony Gonzalez and they almost certainly will not get him. His Contenders Autos are usually around $10 and his National Treasures are about the same. While that proportion is way off of what it should be that doesn’t mean you should buy one or the other. Neither will make much of a move upward if there is a move at all. The plus side of Moeaki is there isn’t much room to fall and he does have a legitimate chance to gain a few bucks value before completely deflating into the never-neverland of solid veteran TE RC’s. INVESTMENT GRADE: C
Stevie Johnson- Despite being in Buffalo his RC’s have done quite well since his breakout began in early 2010. Don’t expect them to do much better even if he puts up Pro Bowl numbers again. $20 for his 2008 Contenders and $50 for his National Treasures don’t give much room for growth on a guy stuck in Buffalo. These will move down before they move up any more. DON’T BUY. INVESTMENT GRADE: C-
Sidney Rice- Went to a good place for the hobby but the Card Geeks crew doesn’t have much faith in Rice’s abilities. The Seahawks did get T-Jack whom Rice has a repoire with so that should lessen the blow of being dealt to such a terrible offense. We basically see Rice as a more highly touted(in the NFL at least) version of a guy Seattle already has, Mike Williams. With his SPA around $30 and his outlook bleak don’t expect much movement upward. INVESTMENT GRADE: C-
Michael Crabtree- (BIAS NOTE…49ers fan writing this) While we wouldn’t touch his cardboard with a ten foot pole because of his nasty “I love me some me” style attitude, there is probably a few bucks to be made if he ever gets his act together and stops acting out against his starting quarterback whomever that may be. He may not be able to gain real value until he leaves San Francisco as he has really soured their fan base in a prima donna show dating back to his draft day in 2009. His SP Authentic Patch Autos still almost touch $100 which is absolutely asinine. Lucky for him he’ll still only be 25 when he leaves San Fran which should give him plenty of time to clean up his act elsewhere and still have a decent career. INVESTMENT GRADE: D+
Well these two geniuses who have since been suspended and made to pay fines are being smeared all over the net right now thanks to their dreadful decision making. QB Darron Thomas and CB Cliff Harris somehow were let off with a couple tickets despite their countless violations. They have since been reprimanded but not in the same manner I would be if I got pulled over smoking dope and going 118 MPH in a rental car on a suspended license. Oh to be a star NCAA athlete.
Football Notables for the Day:
-Nate Davis waived by Colts- Must haved herped so hard he derped.
- Daunte Culpepper probably won’t be a 49er since they only offered him a 3rd string gig.
-Today we will find out if Jeremy Maclin is dying or not. I’m not even joking.
-No name RB’s walking out: John Clay walked off the field in Pitt and left practice, James Davis did the same in Washington…seriously?
-Add Aaron Maybin to the long list of recent busts. Cut by Buffalo after being #11 pick in ’09
-Branden Albert will be moving to the right side once Jared Gaither gets back into shape. Apparently the Chiefs really love Gaither to move a stud like Albert over.
-Chris Ivory still hasn’t joined camp and probably won’t due to a sports hernia opening even more playing time for Mark Ingram.
-Cecil Shorts is lighting up Jaguars camp and may get the starting slot job by the season opener. Pretty good for a guy I had never heard of until people were pulling doubles of his autograph in 2011 Topps Rising Rookies.
- One of the players we gave the highest investment grade for the upcoming season. Snag it for less than $25 and make money later. It’s at $13 right now.
- Jumbo Jim Kelly Absolute Patch- Get it for less than $25.
- Sammy Sosa Jumbo Absolute Patch /75- These things are incredible and any time you can get one of a retired legend like Sosa you should do it.
- No super steals located as of yet. We’ll keep you posted here and on our Twitter account @cardgeeksblog
This is the sixth in a six part series that will be covering every division in Major League Baseball. We are evaluating these players purely from a card value standpoint based on their on-field performance. You can find any of the other articles by typing “Top 5″ into the search bar.
Players are listed in random order, not by who is the most underrated.
1. Jimmy Rollins
Best RC: 1998 Bowman Chrome
Why he is undervalued: Veterans at this point in their career often get overlooked and will continue to get overlooked until they are inducted to the Hall of Fame. Rollins isn’t a shoo in but he certainly has a very good chance of getting into the HOF someday. Three Gold Gloves, One MVP, and Three All Star appearances to go with a World Series victory. Assuming he doesn’t call it quits to early, he’s only 32 right now, he should be able to put up decent numbers for a few more years and cement his bid to the Hall. His Bowman Chrome RC’s can generally be had for roughly the cost of shipping $3 while International and Refractor Parallels cost you $6 and $20 respectively.
2. Jordan Zimmerman
Best RC: 2008 Bowman Chrome Auto
Why he is undervalued: Probably because he wasn’t very highly touted in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He tweaked some parts of his delivery to avoid further injury and lost 2-3 MPH on his fastball as a result. With his new style he has improved immensely focusing on pitching strategy and solid movement on each of his pitches to get outs. His performance thus far in 2011 has been fantastic. A 3.23 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and sadly a 7-10 record thanks to playing for the lowly Nationals. His 2008 Chrome Autos only cost you about $8-10 and his 2007 Donruss Elite Autos are even less. He is still only 25!
3. Cliff Lee
Best RC: 2002 Ultimate Collection RC /550
Why he is undervalued: Because he isn’t a homegrown Phillies pitcher? Maybe he is overshadowed by Roy Halladay (he definitely is)? Or maybe it’s because none of his RC’s are all that attractive being from 2002 and not autographed while showing him in that gross Cleveland Indians uniform? Whatever the case his Ultimate Collection Rookies should sell well over the $15 they go for right now considering it is his best and most limited true RC.
4. Craig Kimbrel
Best RC: 2011 Topps Lineage (Also his only MLB card at this point)
Why he is undervalued: Somehow there is a young MLB star who doesn’t have Bowman Chrome! GASP! Usually young stars have three different Bowman Chromes by the time they have 70 appearances like Kimbrel does. A 1.49 career ERA with 129 K’s in under 80 IP. WOW! He plays in a fantastic market but a very new product, and not a very good one, is his only MLB RC. He also has a 2010 Topps Pro Debut card of him in a minor league jersey. He has a certified packed out autograph but it was in 2010 TriStar Obak. It would be silly for him to somehow not be in the coming October release but alas he isn’t on the Autograph or Rookie checklist. They slipped him into Lineage and Pro Debut is also a Topps Product so how could they miss this one right? We’ll have to wait and see. For right now collector’s will have to settle for Topps Lineage RC’s for $3 apiece with no parallels. You read that correctly as well, a Topps product without the standard 4-6 parallels.
5. Jose Reyes
Best RC: 2001 Bowman Chrome “Refractor”
Why he is undervalued: The player most believe should win the NL MVP but probably won’t due to playing on a non playoff team is having a fantastic season in his contract year. You hate it when a guy finally puts it together in his contract season but in reality he has been good when he has played and you can’t blame him for injuries. Well, you can, but you shouldn’t. Something to note about his Bowman Chrome RC is all of his RC’s from this set have a refractor finish. Don’t pay more than you should because you think you’re getting the refractor in comparison to the base RC.
-First and foremost we will be announcing a weekly fantasy football contest very soon so stay tuned!
Quote of the Day:
“So, you think they found out yet I wasn’t the source of all their problems?” – Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell, on the pass-protection problems of his former team, Washington Post
-Sell your Stevan Ridley and Ryan Mallet cards ASAP! Both of these young’ns had fantastic games this weekend. Mallet’s last Elite Auto sold for $60 and one is currently up selling for $23. Ridley’s Elite autos have jumped from under $5 to $20 thanks to his 3 TD performance. Look for his cards with a misspelled first name of “Steven”.
-Ndomakung Suh probably has another fine or suspension coming in his young career after slamming Andy Dalton to the ground, knocking his helmet off all well after the ball had been thrown.
-Sell your Ben Tate and Steve Slaton cardboard if you haven’t done so long ago. Tate is disappointing the Texans and Slaton is clearly being considered a flash in the pan at this point after so many injuries and letdowns after his strong ending to the 2008 season. Get what you can out of them while you still can get anything.
-Check out our Basketball Product Information Page with Reviews and recommendations for each set.
-Preseason football started last night and we’re about as excited as we can be. Time to stop pretending to care about MLB! It’s football time folks!
-Lee Evans has been traded to Baltimore for a 4th round pick! Great pickup for the Ravens.
-There will be Panini Gold Standard Football and it is gorgeous! Panini posted a sneak peek on their blog.
POTENTIAL STEALS OF THE DAY:
- 2004-05 Ultimate Collection Andre Iguodala RC Auto- Iggy is a very undervalued star. He is very talented and his statistics have shown that throughout his career. His RC’s are underappreciated but with the Sixers young stars a year older Iggy’s cardboard could make a run along with his team next season (assuming there is a season). Anything less than $15 is good for this.
- Tyreke Evans Donruss Elite Auto RC- Anything less than $25 is a steal.
- Auto Lot- The Braylon’s alone have been sellling for $15-20 since he joined the 49ers.
- Yogi Berra Autograph- Poorly listed. Get it under $25 and it’s a steal.
This is part two in a several part series. Be sure to check in as more guides are posted.
Felix Jones- Almost all alone with the exception of Demarco Murray in what was an overcrowded backfield last season. Tashard Choice is close to being cut in camp and Barber has been released. Look for Felix to break out this season and even if he doesn’t his cards are still very cheap for a potential starring RB playing for “America’s Team”. Ultimate Auto Jsy’s are about $25, SP Authentic Auto Patches are anywhere from $50-75 and National Treasures Auto Patches are in the same realm as the SPA. Pick them up ASAP. INVESTMENT GRADE: A
Darren McFadden-The surprise of the team on a very surprising team in 2010 McFadden burst on to the scene in a similar way we expect Shonn Greene and Beanie Wells to do this season. Injuries had hampered them in their first couple seasons as well. McFadden’s backfield mate is back and appears healthy making it a slight concern that at least some of his TD’s might be vultured by Michael Bush. His National Treasures Auto Patches sell for a lowly $60-75 and Topps Chrome Autos are well under $20. INVESTMENT GRADE: A-
Jamaal Charles- We aren’t quite sure what more he needs to do to be the highest priced back in the league but currently he stands outside the Top 5. Perhaps the committee in KC is holding him back with Thomas Jones? KC fans are rabid enough to drive his prices to very high levels if he ever gets to be a feature back. As it stands right now he is being thwarted from that and we can’t advise buying unless you get a solid deal. His Topps Chrome Autographs for $20 are a pretty good buy at this point. INVESTMENT GRADE: B+
Ladainian Tomlinson- The upside on his cards are definitely gone but he is a sure fire Hall of Famer and you should be looking for any opportunity to buy his key RC’s at a low price. Bowman Chrome, Topps Chrome, and SP Authentic are the main cards that will hold value going forward. Anything around $20 for Bowman Chrome would be good and $15 for Topps Chrome. Investing in a guy like LT will in the worst case scenario leave you with an NFL Legend’s RC. INVESTMENT GRADE: B+
Matt Forte- Despite being stuck in a Mike Martz offense where his main value will be catching balls out of the backfield Forte should still see a boost in value. After all he plays in a great hobby town and should garner more respect this season for not holding out even though his contract of $550k for the season certainly warrants it in comparison to other players. His SPA usually land between $30-40 while Chrome Autos (Bowman & Topps) are easily under $15. INVESTMENT GRADE: B+
Shonn Greene- LT has been resigned at a lower rate and will get far few touches this year as Rex Ryan has already explained. He wants to make Greene the feature in and out of the backfield. His prices have already risen this offseason with his SPA Patch Autos moving from $30 to $45 and nearly everything else has taken a 10-20% hike lately. Get them quick. INVESTMENT GRADE: B
Mark Ingram- Tough to invest in him because his prices are as high as more established players like the aforementioned McFadden and Charles but if you can get your hands on any of his cardboard for a low price BEFORE he breaks out then you should do so. We fully expect his cards to be far to high to recommend investment by the time the more quality sets like Contenders and National Treasures come out. INVESTMENT GRADE: B-
Adrian Peterson- His prices are high but they won’t be dropping any time soon. The Vikings look poised for a big run in 2011 and Peterson will obviously be the centerpiece of the attack. He isn’t a “Buy Now” candidate but he also isn’t a “Sell Now” candidate. If you find something like a Topps Chrome RC for about $5 go ahead and grab as many as you can. INVESTMENT GRADE: B-
Chris Johnson- His prices are generally pretty high but have been higher and can definitely get back to those peaks if he even comes close to another 2,000 yard season. Most would settle for 2,500 all purpose yards as well. He should do well this year if he ever gets to camp and practice. Our investment recommendation for CJ2K is similar to that of AP. Hold or buy at bargain prices only. INVESTMENT GRADE: B-
Steven Jackson- Everyone seems to have written of SJax but one man’s loss is another’s gain. Jackson’s prices are very low and probably don’t have a ton of potential for moving upward but he is still worthy of an investment simply because his cardboard is cheap and he is a very talented player despite injury concerns. He is a workhorse and collector’s have seen workhorses like him (think Shaun Alexander) go by the wayside pretty quickly once injuries start taking their toll. His 2004 SPX is around $40 and worth a look although given the injury concerns a Topps Chrome RC for $3-5 may be the wiser option. INVESTMENT GRADE: C+
Chris “Beanie” Wells- With Ryan Williams breathing down his neck, Beanie is reportedly in good spirits and health this preseason. We’ve heard that one before though haven’t we? Seriously though if he can keep the ball away from Williams he could have a very good season with a new QB that will hopefully lead a potent offense and take some pressure off of the running game for Beanie’s sake. We’re being optimistic with him but his $10 Topps Chrome Auto RC’s could easily jump to $25 if he does even remotely well. INVESTMENT GRADE: B-
Reggie Bush-Is this the year, and new place (Miami), he could finally electrify fans and collectors? He is listed #1 on the first Miami depth chart of the season for whatever that is worth. His only real competition is rookie Daniel Thomas who could be more than Bush can handle. Thomas has a lot of upside but it is tough to judge at this point. His 2006 SPA still somehow sell for around $100. He could very well pay off very well but we can’t recommend investing in him without feeling guilty about it. INVESTMENT GRADE: D
Ryan Mathews- Mathews rookie card prices belong on the TV show Unsolved Mysteries. He did nothing to warrant big prices last season. NOTHING. Not a single breakout game until week 17 when he had 126 yards and 3 TD’s against the 4-12 Denver Broncos who had mentally checked out. Even before that week the Broncos were 31st against the run. Yet somehow his Topps Chrome Autos sell for almost $30 and his Exquisite RPA’s are almost $250. What the deuce? INVESTMENT GRADE: D-
Knowshown Moreno- His prices are higher than guys like Beanie even though he has has almost as many nagging injuries. His performance has been better than Beanie’s for sure, but Moreno has tougher competition than Ryan Williams in town after Willis McGahee signed in Denver. McGahee is a beast in a committee and that is exactly what Denver opponents will get a heavy dose of. McGahee will also get goal line carries. Kiss Moreno’s value goodbye. INVESTMENT GRADE: D-
-Cliff Lee dominated again and this time added his second career home run to beat the Dogers. He K’d 10 and still is very undervalued for being the Ace(although contested by Halladay) on a favorite to win the NL Pennant.
-Dan Uggla’s streak is now at 30. Should we be impressed? Not really. Going 1/5 every night still only gets you a .200 average. He actually went 1/6 last night.
-Topps Inception Football has hit the market and it looks very nice. We’ll withhold judgment for a full review after a month or so passes but the design is definitely dynamite. This year’s RC class really looks like a stinker outside of the top 4-5. Not much depth.
-Apparently UD Ultimate Collection released as well? That one really snuck up on us. Sweet Spot just released last week didn’t it? UD Football products are crap now anyway without a license. Might as well release them at the same time as press pass.
- Quad Ultimate Auto- Tough to estimate a price for this one but anything under $40-45 is good with an expected ending price of $50-60. Currently $26
- 2006 SP Authentic Greg Jennings RC Auto-Not a huge steal but a solid card and a great player. This one should be around $30. Anything under that is a great deal.
- The new St. Louis Rams backup who will be a nice change of pace for SJax and replacement for when he inevitably gets injured this may not be a bad gamble. Don’t spend more than $30 on the lot.
- 1/2 the price of a box for 4 times the amount of hits. Sounds like a deal? Don’t pay more than $45-50 for this if you’re a Goodwin Champs fan.
- Matt Forte Ultimate Auto RC Jsy- Deserves much higher prices than this, will probably get them in midseason. Buy now!
- Percy Harvin Ultimate Auto RC- See the comment on Forte above.
- A $55-65 card usually this is a good shot of a great Autographed RC of one of the NHL’s brightest young stars, PK Subban.
More information can be found here but you already know everything you need to know. List your cards for .01 insertion fee AUCTION style only. I repeat, AUCTION STYLE ONLY!
|Starting or Reserve Price||Auction-style Insertion Fee||Promotional Rate for Insertion Fee|
|$0.01 – $0.99||$0.10||$0.01|
|$1.00 – $9.99||$0.25||$0.01|
|$10.00 – $24.99||$0.50||$0.01|
|$25.00 – $49.99||$0.75||$0.01|
|$50.00 – $199.99||$1.00||$0.01|
|$200.00 – or more||$2.00||$0.01|
We’ve already taken advantage of the special and have listed 60+ items!
Good luck with your auctions and we hope we saved you some cash.