Five Fastest Rising Hobby Favorites of 2009

Five Fastest Rising Hobby Favorites of 2009

These five young up and coming players captured the eyes of fans and collectors alike in 2009:

Ray Rice, RB Baltimore Ravens

What's not to like about this guy. He's your classic example of the guy who is a few inches too short and a couple pounds too light to make it. Through work ethic, grit, and determination, he has become one of the most dynamic players in the NFL in only his 2nd season. On top of that, little Ray is already big Ray's (Ray Lewis) favorite Ravens skill player of all-time!

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2008 TOPPS LETTERMAN RAY RICE XFRACTOR LOT 4X GU JSY PATCH 1 3 & 2 3 *RARE*
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Bernard Pierce 2012 Rookies & Stars Patch Auto + Strata Relic & Ray Rice RAVENS!
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2008 SP ROOKIE THREADS LETTERMEN RAY RICE AUTOGRAPH LETTER PATCH 18
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2013 Panini Elite 2013 National VIP #11 Ray Rice 4 5 Ravens Rutgers
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Ray Rice 2013 Panini Elite #11 Yellow Plate Rutgers Baltimore Ravens 1 1
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Ray Rice 2009 Platinum Red Refractor Auto Patch #3 10
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(6) Rutgers UNIFORM AUTO RC LOT: Ray Rice + Kenny Britt + UD Mascot + Mccourty +
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2008 Upper Deck SPX Winning Materials Ray Rice Game Used Jersey Card 15 99
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Pablo Sandoval, 3B San Francisco Giants

Sandoval's appeal is similar to that of Tony Gwynn, Kirby Puckett, and David Ortiz. Pablo represents the other side of the Ray Rice coin. He's a few pounds too heavy and a step too slow to be one of the game's best players. After hitting .330 in 2009, Pablo sent a clear message to the National League's best that winning a batting title just got a lot harder.

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2009 Upper Deck Gold 844 Pablo Sandoval 35 99
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2010 Topps 206 Mini Framed Autograph Piedmont PS Pablo Sandoval Auto
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2013 Panini America's Pastime Impact Ink 8 Pablo Sandoval Auto 11 15
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2009 PABLO SANDOVAL ETOPPS IN-HAND CHROME-LIKE GIANTS
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PABLO SANDOVAL POKER Venezuelan CARD LIMITED EDITION NUMISFALCON-C27S
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PABLO SANDOVAL Venezuelan WINTER LEAGUE Sticker # 26 MAGALLANES JC APITZ 2008
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2010 Topps Tribute - Pablo Sandoval - Gold Auto Game Used Jersey #25 25
$24.99
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2013 Topps Short Print Pablo Sandoval #456 B
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Jonny Flynn, PG Minnesota Timberwolves

From the moment the Timberwolves drafted him with the 5th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, it became apparent why the Syracuse faithful would miss their Point Guard so dearly. It was refreshing to a player so enthusiastic to play for a team no one else seems to want to play for. On top that he has handled the Ricky Rubio situation with class, dignity, and a level of maturity rarely displayed by a 20 year old. With a contagious grin and gritty determination, Flynn has thus far shown that he is willing to do whatever it takes to be a winner in the NBA.

Jared Allen, DE Minnesota Vikings

The perfect combination of on-field dominance and off-field comedy make the Vikings Jared Allen one of the single most entertaining players in sports. As a dominant pass rusher, he is near impossible to contain. His personality is perhaps even harder to contain. While other players are touting the college or high school they went to on Sunday Night Football, Allen claims to have gone to “The Culinary Academy". A cooking school to which he never went! His offbeat sense of humor, Ted Nugent inspired alter ego, WWE Showmanship, and shear skill make him one of the most interesting athletes in recent memory.

Hunter Pence, OF Houston Astros

When Craig Biggio retired, the Astros lost one of the game's all-time fan favorites. In 2009, the 27-year-old Pence did his best Biggio impression all the way to the All-Star game, making the team through the fan vote. The awkwardly tall and lanky outfielder ended the season with average stats (.282 Avg., 25 Home Runds), but his value isn't measured in numbers alone. Rest assured, with an underdog like Pence, the Astros will stand a fighters' chance against the National League's big dogs for years to come.

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Mitch Einertson * Hunter Pence * Ezequiel Astacio * Autograph Rookie Auto RC 1 3
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Hunter Pence * Ezequiel Astacio * Autograph Rookie Auto RC BGS 1 2
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Mitch Einertson * Hunter Pence * Autograph Rookie Auto RC BGS 1 2
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Edison Volquez * Hunter Pence * Autograph Rookie Auto RC BGS 1 2
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Mark Rogers * Hunter Pence * Autograph Rookie Auto RC BGS 1 2
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Felix Pie * Hunter Pence * Autograph Rookie Auto RC BGS 1 2
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