Big Eight Breakout Cards of the Week: 11/10/10
The "Big Eight Breakout Cards of the Week" is a new weekly Cardboard Connection feature spotlighting cards that have broken out and into the hobby spotlight over the last week. We will feature a pair of breakout cards from baseball, basketball, football, hockey and for good measure add a bonus card called "The 9th Card" which is a breakout card from any sport!
2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Miguel Sano Autographs
As a hardcore Twins fan and prospect junky, I looked forward to this card more than any card in my entire life. I began building my Sano Paypal war chest the second the card was announced, so far I have spent about 50% of it on 5 regular autos and 1 blue refractor auto. For those who aren't familiar with Sano, he's a 17-year old Short Stop prospect who was regarded by many as the greatest Latin American prospect in history when the Dominican native signed with the Twins in 2009. He's also in a documentary in the works called "Pelotero", where he plays the chosen one.
2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Gary Sanchez Autographs
Sanchez was first introduced to collectors several months back in 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition. The 17-year old Catcher from the Dominican Republic received the largest signing bonus ever given to a Latin American Prospect in the history of the Yankees' organization in 2009. Sanchez and Sano pair for what I believe to be the greatest young Latin Bowman Chrome Auto combo in the product's storied history. It usually takes Bowman Chrome until 19 or 20 at the earliest to release an autographed card of a Latin prospect. This was one of the most encouraging parts of 2010 Bowman Chrome in my opinion.
2006-07 Exquisite Collection Paul Millsap Auto RC
Apparently Jerry Sloan knew what he was doing when the Jazz let Carlos Boozer walk in the off-season. Everyone assumed that the recently acquired Al Jefferson would fill his shoes. As it turns out, there was a reason the Jazz front office matched the 32-million dollar offer sheet Millsap signed with Blazers in 2009. Currently, Millsap is averaging 24 ppg, 10.9 rpg and 3 apg. Here's the crazy part, his 2006-07 Exquisite Collection rookie auto books at just $25! Relic or no Relic, until last year's National Treasures, Exquisite Collection was the gold standard for basketball rookie cards.
2010-11 Eric Bledsoe Rookie Cards & Autographs
Since the NBA Season tipped off, no Rookie's stock has risen more than Bledsoe's. With Baron Davis nursing a knee injury, Bledsoe shined as the Clippers' starting PG, averaging 14.5 ppg and 10.5 apg in his stead. This situation may feel awfully familiar to the one that played out in New Orleans last season when Darren Collison averaged close to 20 and 10 during Chris Paul's absence. The only difference is that Baron Davis is no Chris Paul. Last night Baron returned from injury as backup to Bledsoe. There's a good chance they are trying to bring him back slowly, but injuries and attitude problems could finally be adding up in the eyes of the Clippers' coaching staff. Either way, Bledsoe has a bright future in the league and in the hobby.
2008 Playoff Contenders Steve Johnson Auto RC
Like Steve Johnson himself, this card is not made up. He's a real player with real game breaking ability. Odds are that he's related to Chris Johnson, as they share the same last name. The reason I know this is because I also have a rare last name and am related to an NFL Player (Ray Lewis).
2010 Jacoby Ford Rookies & Autographs
What didn't Jacoby Ford do in Sunday's comeback win over the Chiefs? The rookie from Clemson burst onto the hobby scene with an epic kick return TD paired with 6-catches for 148 yards, including a handful of the craziest clutch grabs I've seen from a rookie in sometime. No offense to Dez Bryant, but your team needs to be in a game to qualify for craziest clutch grab.
2010-11 Upper Deck Young Guns Jeff Skinner RC & Variation
The 18-year old Hurricanes Center currently leads all rookies in scoring with 15 points. Skinner was the #7 pick in the 2010 NHL Draft and his breakaway start to the 2010-11 NHL Season is causing big waves in the hobby. The Upper Deck Young Guns RC is in my opinion the best non-auto rookie card in the hobby. This year, Upper Deck added an extremely intriguing wrinkle to the Young Guns formula with the addition of 1990-91 Upper Deck Young Guns parallels.
2010-11 Upper Deck Young Guns Sergei Bobrovsky RC & Variation
If there's one thing collectors like it's a young net-minder playing out of his mind. The 22-year old Flyers' Goalie leads NHL rookies in save percentage, goals against average and is blessed with a hobby friendly cool name. Like Skinner, a combination of early on-ice performance spliced with the release of Upper Deck Series 1 has created the perfect storm for a hobby breakout.
2010 Seyi Ajirotutu Autographed Rookie Cards
Just when you think it's safe to dump lots of rookie autographs featuring guys that you are 210% positive will never have an impact on an NFL Game, Seyi decides to break-out with a 4 grab, 111 yard, 2 touchdown performance in the Chargers week 9 win over Houston. Granted, it's not hard to do when you have the NFL's most underrated superstar Philip Rivers throwing to you. At the same time, has there ever been a 6'4" rookie WR that isn't intriguing?