Collecting Million Dollar Arm's Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh

Collecting Million Dollar Arm’s Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh

Million Dollar Arm Poster Although we haven't seen Million Dollar Arm yet, be aware that we may give away some potential spoilers. But if you've followed the story of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, you might know some of what happens anyway. We don't mean to wreck anything for anyone, so if you're super-sensitive to heartwarming Disney movies that are based on true stories, proceed with caution.

Although Million Dollar Arm focuses primarily on agent JB Bernstein, who is played by Mad Men's Jon Hamm, there wouldn't be much of a story if it weren't for Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. These are the two pitchers that signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a result of Bernstein's experiment.

The novelty factor of the signings led to several card companies making Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh cards. While none are likely to be worth much, the fact that they're being immortalized by a Hollywood movie will add a little interest -- at least for a short time.

Here's a look at some of their better cards.

Rinku Singh Baseball Card Highlights

2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Rinku Singh #BCP91

While no Rinku Singh card is going to ever be worth a lot, his 2009 Bowman Chrome autograph is his best card. Any value now is going to come from its connection to the film and the story behind it rather than his on-field accomplishments. Most, but not all, of the cards come inscribed with the number 18. There are also several Refractor parallels.

2009 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Rinku Singh

2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Rinku Singh #RS Autograph

2009 Bowman Sterling has a more premium feel than Bowman Chrome. But then it also uses a sticker for the signature. Sterling doesn't have the same brand appeal as Chrome so this one is a little cheaper.

2009 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Rinku Singh

2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Rinku Singh #57

If you're not interested in an autograph, 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts includes Singh on the base set checklist. However, with so many collectors ripping the product primarily for autographs, it's not the easiest card to find.

2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Rinku Singh099

Dinesh Patel Baseball Card Highlights

2009 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Dinesh Patel #BCP92

Like Singh, 2009 Bowman Chrome is the best card of Patel. It's highlighted by an on-card signature and the popularity of the Chrome brand.

2009 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Dinesh Patel

2009 Bowman Sterling Prospects Dinesh Patel #DP Autograph

Bowman Sterling offers a lot of autographs. Unfortunately, they're not normally as highly sought after as their Bowman Chrome counterparts. 2009 Bowman Sterling also uses very noticeable foil stickers. Those looking for a challenge can chase several types of Refractors.

2009 Bowman Sterling Prospect Autographs Dinesh Patel

2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Dinesh Patel #57

The dark hat and generic shirt leave Patel looking like an umpire rather than a pitcher. Upper Deck didn't have a MLB license when Prominent Cuts was released, which resulted in the plain look. However, it's a quality choice for those who want a Patel card that isn't signed.

2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Dinesh Patel

Cards featuring both Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel

2009 Tristar Obak Mini T212 #63 with Dinesh Patel

Excluding parallels, Singh and Patel don't have a lot of cards to begin with. The 2009 Tristar Obak Mini is interesting in that it pairs the pitchers up. It's not the easiest card to find, but it's not rare either. 2009 Tristar Obak also has autographs of both players.

2009 Obak Mini Dinesh Patel Rinku Singh

2009 Tristar Prospect Plus Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel #83

Like the Obak Mini, this card is more about the novelty aspect of have both players on the same card than anything else. It's readily available and cheap.

2009 Tristar Prospects Plus Dinesh Patel Rinku Singh

2012 SP Signature Edition Compatriots Dual Signatures Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel #IND #/50

2012 SP Signature Edition might not have photos, but it does have a card with autographs from both Patel and Singh. Numbered to 50, copies don't surface very often.

2012 SP Signatures Dinesh Patel Rinku Singh Dual Autograph 50

Collecting Others Million Dollar Arm

Outside of Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh cards, there isn't a lot to collect that's connected to the film. Double-sided theatrical posters are probably the best option. Without cards of Mad Men or any of his films, the main collectible for Jon Hamm is signed photos.

Aasif Mandvi, who has a fairly large role in the film, has an autograph card in 2007 Rittenhouse Spider-Man 3.

Hall of Famer Barry Larkin and possible future Cooperstown inductee, Curt Schilling, also appear in the movie.

Top eBay Listings

2009 Bowman Sterling SUPERFRACTOR Auto RINKU SINGH RC MILLION DOLLAR ARM 1 1
$2,999.00

2009 BOWMAN STERLING #DP DINESH PATEL ROOKIE CARD AUTOGRAPH
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2009 Bowman Sterling Rinku Singh 3 Refractor +2 Auto Lot Of 5 Million Dollar Arm
$29.99

2009 Tristar Obak RINKU SINGH RC #17 50
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2009 tristar prospects plus #71 RINKU SINGH rookie (million dollar arm) BGS 9.5
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2009 tristar prospects plus #71 RINKU SINGH rookie (million dollar arm) BGS 9
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2009 Tristar Obak DINESH PATEL Auto 19 50 NM
$14.99

(10) RINKU SINGH & DINESH PATEL 2009 TriStar Prospects Plus PIRATES
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Rinku Singh & Dinesh Patel 2009 Bowman Chrome REF Auto Rc Lot Million Dollar Arm
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2009 tristar prospects plus #71 RINKU SINGH rc (million dollar arm) BGS 9.5 10
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(10) RINKU SINGH 2009 TriStar Prospects Plus RCs PIRATES
$9.99

(10) DINESH PATEL 2009 TriStar Prospects Plus RCs PIRATES
$14.99

RINKU SINGH 2009 TRISTAR PROSPECTS RED AUTO #3 5
$24.95

2009 Bowman chrome gold refractor rinku singh auto bgs 9.5 #d 26 50
$90.99

Rinku Singh & Dinesh Patel 2009 Tristar Rookie Rc Lot - Million Dollar Arm
$7.99

2012 Sp Signature Edition Quad Auto Pedro Alvarez, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Patel +
$49.99
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