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 National Treasures RAY RICE Autograph 19 99 Rookie Jersey Patch Auto RC
$174.95
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Ray Rice RC 2008 Rookies & Stars STUDIO ROOKIE AUTO SP 23 25 Ravens BV$40
$19.99
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2008 Limited Ray Rice RC Auto Jersey 18 99 Rutgers Baltimore Ravens
$16.99
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2013 SCORE SELECT FOOTBALL #16 RAY RICE 05 15
$11.95
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RAY RICE 2009 TOPPS NATIONAL CHICLE AUTOGRAPH AUTO SP
$28.00
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2008 LEAF LIMITED SLIDESHOW RAY RICE BALTIMORE RAVENS AUTO 13 50 RARE
$75.00
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RAY RICE 2008 SP AUTHENTIC ROOKIE AUTHENTICS AUTO PATCH #285 BGS 9 AU 10
$160.00
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RAY RICE 2008 SP AUTHENTIC ROOKIE LEATHERHEAD AUTO #LH-RR BGS 8.5 AU 10
$65.00



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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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2010 2011 2012 Topps Chrome Pablo Sandoval Giants 9 count lot; 3 ref
$15.00
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2010 Topps Update Pablo Sandoval Auto Peak Performance World Champion Giants MVP
$19.99
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PABLO SANDOVAL GIANTS 2011 TOPPS HERITAGE CHROME 380 1962 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$23.80
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PABLO SANDOVAL GIANTS 2006 BOWMAN CHROME # FG6 ROOKIE RC GRADED 10 L@@K
$30.60
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PABLO SANDOVAL GIANTS 2006 BOWMAN CHROME # BC181 ROOKIE RC GRADED 10 L@@K
$34.00
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PABLO SANDOVAL GIANTS 2008 BOWMAN GOLD ROOKIE RC # BDPP84 GRADED 10 L@@K
$22.10
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PABLO SANDOVAL GIANTS 2009 UD SIGNATURE STARS # 83 GRADED 10 L@@@K
$17.00
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PABLO SANDOVAL GIANTS 2010 FINEST REFRACTOR # 45 599 GRADED 10
$23.80



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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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2006 Tristar Prospects Protential #5 Hunter Pence RC BGS 9
$30.00
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2006 Bowman Draft Picks Chome Future's Game Prospects FG18 Hunter Pence BGS 9.5
$40.00
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2007 Ultimate Collection Hunter Pence Auto Rc (192 297)
$49.99
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2007 SP AUTHENTIC BY THE LETTER HUNTER PENCE PATCH AUTO
$89.99
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2007 UD Elements #127 Hunter Pence Astros 444 550 Rookie RC ISA 10 GEM MINT
$20.00
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2013 Topps Chrome Hunter Pence San Francisco Giants Base Printing Plate 1 1
$33.00
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HUNTER PENCE 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Auto Jersey # 08 25 San Francisco Giants
$319.99
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Hunter Pence 2013 Panini Prizm Gold Refractor 7 10
$19.99



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