St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Card Guide - 2011 Prospects Edition

St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Card Guide – 2011 Prospects Edition

Admit it, you have a favorite team that you collect. Most times, it's your hometown team. Sure, you've got all the veterans (that you can afford or have space for), but nothing is more enjoyable than getting a prospect's card and following him up through the farm system. When he plays his first game in a Major League ballpark, it becomes a game within a game. You actually feel anxious for him to do well. You hold your breath for his first at bat. And why not? After years invested in following him, you feel pride in his accomplishments. It's almost like you know that person.

It's the equivalent of saying, “I heard of that band before anyone else."

If you're like me, for every hit prospect, you've followed a dozen duds. They're not just from your home team, but from every team across the county. Heck, there have been times when the first post I ever read about a can't-miss prospect (that I, and everyone else, somehow never heard of) convinced me to immediately rush to eBay and overpay for that prospect's card. This, despite the fact he was in the farm system of a team that had gone nowhere for the last decade and had not produced a noticeable crop of players, well, ever.

So, to help you in spotting the next star prospects from your team (or any team for that matter), here is the first in a multi-part series analyzing each MLB team's up-and-coming stars and some key cardboard options you may want to pursue.

If you've followed the St. Louis Cardinals this year, you'd have to think their farm system is depleted with the number of players called up over the last two years. After calling up Jaime Garcia, David Freese, Allen Craig, John Jay, Lance Lynn, and others, what's left in the Cardinals' system? Plenty.

Shelby Miller

I'm not telling you anything you don't know here. If you're from St. Louis, he's the prospect you can't wait to see called up. Wait just one more year. Shelby Miller is 6'3 with three good pitches. He has a 1.90 ERA, and is averaging a strike out an inning in Double-A. Miller is a can't miss prospect.

Miller's best baseball card so far has to be his 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball autograph, but don't overlook his earlier 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition cards. My favorite is the Throwback Threads autograph. Sure, it's a sticker autograph, but it's rarer than the Bowman Chrome and it's a jersey card too.

Key Cards:

Top eBay Listings




(3) 2010 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPETS SHELBY MILLER ROOKIE CARD LOT
$7.00

(12) 2010 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPETS SHELBY MILLER ROOKIE CARD LOT OF 12 BV$48+
$19.99

(13) 2011 BOWMAN CHROME THROWBACKS SHELBY MILLER ROOKIE CARD LOT OF 13 BV$65+
$14.99

2014 Topps Shelby Miller Future Is Now Auto Card #FN-1 Atlanta Braves!
$10.00

2013 Hometown Heroes #270 Shelby Miller SP - NM-MT
$12.00

2010 Bowman Chrome Shelby Miller AUTO RC Braves Cardinals On Card Auto
$18.50

2013 Bowman Chrome Mini Purple Refractor 326 Shelby Miller St Louis Cardinal 3 5
$74.95

LOT 14 2014 CHIPZ CHIPS SHELBY MILLER CARDINALS ALL REGULAR
$9.99



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Zack Cox

Last year's first round pick, Zack Cox has found his stride. For the month of July, he's batting over .400 in Double-A. Again, most would prefer his 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball autograph, but don't overlook his 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autograph. There's only 478 of the on-card autographs.

Key Cards:

Top eBay Listings




Zack Cox Signed 2011 ITG H&P Up Close Silver Auto Card 190 St. Louis Cardinals
$9.99

2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects Country of Origin Autograph Zack Cox
$35.00

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Signature Status Emerald Zack Cox AUTO 20 25
$99.99

2011 Topps Heritage Minors Zack Cox Black Printing Plate...Only one in World 1 1
$100.00

2011 ITG In the Game Zack Cox Gold 19 AUTO Between the Seams Marlins Cardinals
$58.40

2010 (BB) Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Refractors #BDPP62 Zack Cox
$8.00

2010 Bowman Draft Prospects Blue #BDPP62 Zack Cox 399
$6.00

2011 Bowman Platinum Prospects Blue Refractors #BPP18 Zack Cox 199
$5.00



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Jordan Swagerty

Jordan Swagerty is a 2010 draft pick that has exceeded expectations. Although some believe the bullpen is in his future, he's actually a future starter only throwing relief for now to keep his pitch count down. Swagerty has pitched in both Low and High-A this year, with a combined 1.74 ERA.

Swagerty will have a 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball autograph, but the better choice would be any of his 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autographs, which, through a mind-boggling error, have Magic Johnson's autograph on them. For risk-takers, if you are willing to surrender a Johnson autograph, it can be sent to Panini for a replacement of an actual Swagerty autograph. Why? Well, if Swagerty becomes a future starter, the gamble will pay off because these cards will be rare. Who in their right mind would give up a Magic Johnson autograph?

Key Card:


Top eBay Listings




1-2011 BOWMAN CHROME GREEN X-FRACTOR JORDAN SWAGERTY CARDINALS
$5.99

3ct 2013 Panini USA Jordan Swagerty Stars & Stripes 700 Auto Cards *W218
$7.95

JORDAN SWAGERTY 2011 BOWMAN CHROME PROSPECT Autograph RC Rookie AUTO
$9.99

JORDAN SWAGERTY 2012 TOPPS #1 1 PRO DEBUT #158 YELLOW PRINTING PLATE
$25.00

Jordan Swagerty St. Louis 2013 Panini USA Baseball Champions Autograph
$8.00

2011 Bowman Chrome RC Auto Jordan Swagerty Autograph
$20.00

2011 Bowman Jordan Swagerty Red Autograph 1 5 RARE #BCP183
$199.00

Jordan Swagerty 2011 Bowman Chrome Base & Auto, & 2x 2011 Contender Draft Ticket
$5.00



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Kolten Wong

The local St. Louis media had a field day second-guessing the Cards' first round pick this year. I saw at least three articles that stated he was the “Wong pick." Boy, do I love it when they're wrong. Wong signed immediately, and in his first 16 games had a .361 average and only five strikeouts in his first 61 pro at-bats.

Most of Wong's cards so far are from Upper Deck's USA sets, a number of which are on-card autographs. I'm a fan of the unique style of the Big Sigs cards and since there are only 100 total (25 gold, 75 silver), their scarcity makes them more attractive. Wong also appeared in 2010 Bowman Chrome.

Key Cards:


Top eBay Listings




2014 Topps Trajectory Autographs #TAKW Kolten Wong cardinals - NM-MT
$9.00

2014 National Treasures Kolten Wong 3 Color Used Jersey Patch Auto #d 1 99
$49.00

Topps Bunt Kolten Wong Future Is Now 2 Rare (900)
$10.00

Topps Bunt Kolten Wong Scarce (418) Sould Out!!!
$10.00

2013 Bowman Chrome Kolten Wong TP-28 St. Louis Cardinals Blue Refractor Card
$9.99

2013 Bowman Draft Top Prospect Kolten Wong 10 Base Card Lot - Cardinals
$6.99

KOLTEN WONG 2010 BOWMAN CHROME USA REFRACTOR #USA-BC21 504 777
$14.95

2014 Topps Supreme Autographs Printing Plates Black #SAKW Kolten Wong 1 1
$45.99



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Carlos Martinez

Carlos Martinez is one of the new, most talked about prospects in the Cardinals system. Now in Single-A Advanced, Martinez has a fastball that is over 100 mph. Coming off a scoreless inning at the Futures Game, it won't be long until he's a household name. Martinez does not have a card yet and speculation is that the “Carlos Martinez" slated for 2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball is from the Nationals. Don't be surprised if a Martinez card appears soon, though. He's too big of a future star to ignore for long.

Top eBay Listings




2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball Box Mike Trout Bryce Harper Rookies
$154.95

2011 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL FACTORY SEALED HOBBY BOX BRYCE HARPER
$121.50

2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball SEALED JUMBO BOX (12 Packs-3 Autos..Harper RC AUTO?)
$300.00

2011 Chrome USA Box Set Rc Lot - Topps 999 & Bowman 617 Appel Addison Russell
$27.99

2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball 12 Box Factory Sealed Hobby Case
$1,799.95

2011-2 BOX LOT BOWMAN CHROME TOPPS CHROME SEALD BOXS
$54.99

2011 BOWMAN BASEBALL w CHROME 2 Pack Lot Possible Bryce Harper Auto Rc ? BOX
$24.99

2011 BOWMAN CHROME 2 Hobby Pack Baseball Lot BRYCE HARPER BOX Auto Rookie RC ?
$34.99



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