What Are the Top Selling 2012 Bowman Baseball Cards?

What Are the Top Selling 2012 Bowman Baseball Cards?

It's rare in the hobby that a low- to mid-end product can command high single card prices out of the gate. But that's exactly what 2012 Bowman Baseball has done. Its traditional mix of Refractor rainbows and a strong prospect checklist have combined to see several huge early sales. During its first official week on the market, 11 2012 Bowman Baseball cards have sold on eBay for four figures.

While it may be hard to judge an overall product based on the sales of one-of-one cards and others with miniscule print runs,  2012 Bowman Baseball has so many of them. This is giving collectors a better-than-normal chance of hitting something huge given the initial price point. Superfractors have become the benchmark by which all modern prospect and rookie cards are measured. With lots of great prospects and rookies in the set this year, it will likely mean that collectors will continue to hear about 2012 Bowman Baseball for years to come as the prospects move up the minor league ranks and into the majors.

The highest-selling 2012 Bowman Baseball card recorded on eBay so far is a Dante Bichette Jr. Superfractor Autograph. The one-of-one featuring the Yankees prospect (and son of the former Rockies slugger) went for $2,500. Another Superfractor Autograph, Tommy Joseph of the Red Sox, sold for $1,535.

After the Bichette Superfractor, the list of hot 2012 Bowman Baseball cards is dominated by Yu Darvish. The Rangers rookie accounted for ten of the 15 top opening week sales. Limited to 25 autographed copies, a pair of Yu Darvish Orange Refractors topped the $2,000 mark ($2,325 and $2,250). His more plentiful Gold Refractor Autographs, which are numbered to 50, were also very hot. Six sold on eBay last week with prices ranging from a low of $1,250 to a high of $1,599. Other Darvish cards to make the top-sellers list include an unsigned Red Border 1/1 ($1,370) and a regular Bowman Chrome autographed rookie card ($950).

While Darvish's dominance isn't a surprise, the lack of Bryce Harper cards on the list is. A big part of the reason is that the Nationals rookie doesn't have many autographs in 2012 Bowman Baseball. His most readily available autographs in the set are retail exclusives. They also appear to be very limited. Both Harper autographs available in hobby boxes (Bowman Black and Lucky Redemption) are redemptions. The best option for Bowman Bryce Harper autographs are in 2011 releases.

It is worth noting that the first 2012 Bowman Golden Contract has seen exceptional bidding. With more than a day left, it's currently sitting at $2,950. The box topper guarantees the owner a Yu Darvish autographed baseball. More exciting is the 1:10 chance of landing their own card in a 2012 Bowman product.

1. 2012 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Dante Bichette Jr. Autograph 1/1 - $2,500

2. 2012 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Yu Darvish Autographs 16/25 - $2,325

3. 2012 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor Yu Darvish Autographs 02/25 - $2,250

4. 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish Autograph 02/50 - $1,599

5. 2012 Bowman Chrome Superfractor Tommy Joseph Autograph 1/1 - $1,535

6. 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish Autograph 03/50 - $1,491

7. 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish Autograph 10/50 - $1,476

8. 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish Autograph #/50 - $1,450

9. 2012 Bowman Red Border Yu Darvish 1/1 - $1,370

10. 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish Autograph 05/50 - $1,326.01

11. 2012 Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor Yu Darvish Autograph 04/50 - $1,250

12. (tie) 2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Yu Darvish - $950

12. (tie) 2012 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Autograph Jackie Bradley Jr. 2/5 - $950

14. 2012 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Autograph Jackie Bradley Jr. 1/5 - $830

15. 2012 Bowman Chrome Red Refractor Autograph Xander Bogaerts 2/5 - $800

Top eBay Listings

2012 Bowman Chrome Dean Green BLUE REF AUTO RC 150 Lot (3) Autograph refractor
$29.99

2012 Bowman Chrome Shane Watson REFRACTOR AUTO RC Lot (3) Blue Orange 250 ref
$12.99

Dante Bichette Jr 2012 Bowman Chrome Blue Wave REF Autograph BGS 9.5 Auto 10
$24.99

2012 Bowman Chrome JOSE CAMPOS Ref Refractor Auto Autograph #BCA-JC #261 500
$24.99

2012 Bowman Chrome Gerrit Cole #BCP86 Blue Wave Ref Auto BGS 9.5 w 10 auto #9 50
$400.00

2012 Bowman Chrome Gerrit Cole #BCP86 Gold Ref Auto BGS 9.5 10 #09 50
$600.00

2X Willie Abreu * 2012 USA Jersey Auto # 249 * 2011 Bowman Chrome Gold #7 50 ref
$21.99

2012 Bowman Chrome Addison Russell Orange Ref Auto 25 BGS 9.5 Gem Autograph
$1,999.99

2012 bowman chrome draft draft picks autos ref #st STRYKER TRAHAN rc BGS BCCG 10
$25.00

2012 bowman chrome draft draft picks autos ref #nw NICK WILLIAMS rc BGS BCCG 10
$40.00

2012 bowman chrome draft draft picks autos ref #th TY HENSLEY rookie BGS BCCG 10
$25.00

2012 1st Bowman Chrome Prospects OSCAR TAVARES REF RC + AUTO BGS 9.5 #'d 372 500
$99.99
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