Eight Big Breakout Sports Cards of 2010

Eight Big Breakout Sports Cards of 2010

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2006 SP AUTHENTIC TSYOSHI NISHIOKA Image2006 SP Authentic WBC Future Watch #58 Tsuyoshi Nishioka Image
Nishioka's cards are proof positive that prospecting can be found in the oddest of sets. For the most part collectors have overlooked the random World Baseball Classic cards that have made brief appearances in products since the mid-2000's. The Twins won the right to negotiate a contract with the 26-year old Japanese batting champ several weeks back. After the trade of both J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris, it's clear the Twins have every intention of Nishioka becoming the team's everyday short stop in 2010. Fans in Japan are notorious for supporting player's that come to America in the secondary market.

1999 TT Carl crawford Auto Image1999 Topps Traded Autographs #T75 Carl Crawford Image
Crawford has been a star for sometime now, but playing for Red Sox will bring the speedster's key cards to a whole new level. Crawford and the Red Sox other big name addition Adrian Gonzalez should both see a drastic boost in book value playing in Boston. It also doesn't hurt that the card is part of one of the hobby's most under-appreciated insert sets of all-time, that being 1999 Topps Traded Autographs, which also includes Josh Hamilton, Adam Dunn, Alfonso Soriano and C.C. Sabathia. Due to the fact that 2000 was the year the Bowman Chrome Auto took off, the 1999 Topps Traded Auto is Crawford's best card.

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Luis Scola EXQUISITE AUTO RC Image2007-08 Exquisite Collection #96 Luis Scola JSY AU/ 99 RC Image
The oddly intriguing 30-year old big man from Buenos Aires (the same city that gets destroyed by arachnids in the movie Starship Troopers) has used his 4th year in the National Basketball Association well. The tall straw that stirs the Rocket's drink is averaging 20.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg over the first quarter of the NBA Season. Collector's tend to gravitate toward odd ball characters like Scola (example: Chris Anderson).

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2008-09 Exquisite Collection #61 Kevin Love JSY AU RC Image
Could the second coming of Charles Barkley be hiding in the state of 11,842 lakes? Kevin Love continues to put up insane rebound numbers and is starting to evolve into a dominant scoring threat. The 5th pick in the 2008 draft out of UCLA is currently averaging an astonishing 15.7 rpg in addition to scoring 20.4 ppg! There have been a total of ten 20 point-20 rebound games during the first quarter of the 2010-11 NBA season, Love has five of them!

Starks Unrivaled Auto RC Image2010 Topps Unrivaled Autographed Patch #UAPJS James Starks/ 249 Image
The most underrated debut of the 2010 NFL Season took place in Green Bay this past week when rookie "slim" Jim Starks took the field at Lambeau. Starks is the ultimate case of "coach talk" translating into hobby success, as Mike McCarthy and the rest of the Green Bay coaching staff have talked up Starks ever since drafting the Packers' future feature back in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending the first 12 weeks of the season inactive, the University of Buffalo product rushed for 73-yards and looked 73 times better than Brandon Jackson. Starks' 2010 Topps Unrivaled autos are his only cards to also feature a relic.

GG IVORY REDEMPTION Image2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Autographs Gold #167 Chris Ivory/ 99 EXCH Image
Whether the undrafted rookies recent success is for real or not is debatable, what's not debatable is that he's the league's leading rookie rusher (636 yards) and that his first autographed card came way via redemption in the recently released 2010 Gridiron Gear Football.

Alexander Semin SPA AUTO RC Image2003-04 SP Authentic #158 Alexander Semin AU RC
 ImageThe 26-year old winger from Krasnojarsk, Russia currently ranks 6th in the NHL in total points and trails teammate Alexander Ovechkin by only 2 points for the Capitals team lead. In 2003-04, the autographed card party hadn't yet gotten out of control, Semin only has 4 true autographed rookies and you can never go wrong with an SP Authentic Future Watch auto.

Logan Couture CUP AUTO RC Image2009-10 The Cup #116 Logan Couture JSY AU RC Image
Couture currently leads all NHL rookies in goals (14) and total points (21). The 21-year old Sharks Center's rookie cards are hidden in 2009-10 hockey card products unlike Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Jeff Skinner and this year's other premier performing freshman skaters. In the world of sports cards, "The Cup" is the standard to which all other rookie cards strive to match. Couture's cup RC currently books at just $60!

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TB RAYS--Bobby Seay Auto'd RC,Vinny Castilla,Carl Crawford,BJ Upton
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PSA 10 - 1999 Topps Traded Carl Crawford Auto RC T75
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2000 Bowman Chrome Carl Crawford ROOKIE Auto 15 18 RARE Sealed Rays RC
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2001 Carl Crawford Rc Auto Psa 9 Rare Dodgers Signed
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RAYS--Jason Hammel Auto'd RC,Chris Archer FS,James Loney,Carl Crawford All-Star
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CARL CRAWFORD -- 1999 Topps Traded Certified Autograph Rookie -- Dodgers Auto RC
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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

User Comments

  1. Man, I made a decent amount of money of your 5 football card sleepers article. Starks, Blount and I’ve heard rumors the Vikings are gonna use Webb in the wildcat. Thanks man, you guys are the bomb!

  2. @Steve Hau: glad I could help. I also heard that the Vikings were going to use Webb in the Wildcat in coming weeks.

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