Rookie Card Year: 2011
Investment Rating: 7.5
Eric Hosmer was a big name heading into the 2008 MLB Draft, which saw him selected third overall by the Kansas City Royals. Collectors who invested heavily in the young star were rewarded in 2011 when Hosmer was called up by the Royals. Finishing third in American League Rookie of the Year voting, his card values reflect both his great start and his immense potential. Given the young talent in the Royals system, he should be on a winning team soon. This will give Eric Hosmer cards a further boost.
Because he is still fresh to the league, there hasn't been a lot of activity on Hosmer autographed memorabilia yet. Those items that are offered are going for solid prices.
Just six Eric Hosmer cards can be considered true rookies. Budget collectors can rejoice as most are low-priced base cards. It's the various parallels and autographed inserts that are drawing the highest prices. Hosmer has minor league, national team and prospect cards reaching all the way back to 2007 that are also popular with collectors. A buying guide to pre-rookie Eric Hosmer cards can be seen here.
Eric Hosmer Rookie Card Checklist
The 2011 Bowman Chrome Hosmer is a solid base rookie. The traditional Chrome look and crisp image make the card appealing for collectors on a tight budget. Refractor parallels receive a lot of interest from collectors.
Another budget card, Hosmer's 2011 Finest Baseball rookie, which features a sunbeam design, can be found for a few bucks. Like Bowman Chrome, Finest also has several Refractor parallels that draw strong prices.
The 2011 Topps Chrom Hosmer card features a fairly standard design with the familiar chromium finish. Overall, Refractor parallels from this set bring the highest values of all 2011 Eric Hosmer cards.
Gold foil and serial-numbering set this base rookie apart from the rest of the 2011 Eric Hosmer cards. Although there is a lot of white, the cloud effect makes everything hazy except for Hosmer after a hit.
Distributed via redemption, this is easily Hosmer's best official rookie card. With a low print run of 99, an autograph and game-used bat pieces, the card has all the elements of an elite card.
Hosmer's 2011 Topps Update card is the most plain-looking of all his rookies. The image shows a dirty and bearded Hosmer likely admiring a base hit or home run.
Eric Hosmer Autographed Memorabilia Buying Guide
Below you will find an example of what Eric Hosmer's authentic signature looks like. This can be used as a first point of reference for determining the legitimacy of autograph memorabilia, but is not a substitute for having your items authenticated by a well-respected professional autograph authentication company.
Signed Baseball Pricing:
Average eBay Sales Price: $78
Signed 8x10 Photo Pricing
Average eBay Sales Price: $30