What's Hot in 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball?

What’s Hot in 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball?

If your name is Bryce Harper or Yu Darvish, you're well represented on the list of top early online 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball sales. The two super rookies represent 11 of the top 15 eBay sales for the set since it was released. Like most Bowman sets, the combination of autographs and low-numbered parallels were tough for high-end collectors to resist.

In total, three cards sold for more than $1,000. A fifth fell just a dollar short.

Leading all 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball sales was the set's crown jewel: a Bryce Harper bat plate. It didn't take long for the one-of-one memorabilia card to surface. And while the card did reach a lofty $2,999, all the bids were received on July 26th, the first day it was listed.

Another one-of-one took the second spot. A Purely Platinum Yu Darvish autograph closed at $2,600. Made of actual metal, the card has a nice on-card signature.

From there, Bryce Harper autographed patch cards take over. An Atomic Refractor numbered to 5 sold for nearly $1,100. It was followed by a Printing Plate that finish a cup of coffee short of four figures. Gold Refractors were also popular with four closing between $630 and $760. Finally, a Harper Jumbo Patch numbered two 5 sold for $582.

Although they have smaller patch windows than Harper's, Yu Darvish's Autographed Atomic Refractors showed well. Numbered to 5, two of the cards traded hands at $645 and $610.

The only single-player card on the list of top 15 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball sales not to feature Harper or Darvish was a Prospect Autograph Atomic Refractor Bubba Starling. The redemption, which is limited to five, closed at $550.

Top 15 Online 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Sales

(Data and prices based on completed eBay auctions through August 6, 2012. The data does not include offline sales.)

1. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Bryce Harper Bat Plate 1/1 - $2,999

2012 Bowman Platinum Bryce Harper Bat Plate 260x187 Image

2. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Purely Platinum Autograph Yu Darvish 1/1 - $2,600

2012 Bowman Platinum Purely Platinum Yu Darvish Autograph 212x300 Image

3. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Autographed Patch Atomic Refractor Bryce Harper 3/5 - $1,096.02

2012 Bowman Platinum Atomic Refractor Autograph Patch Bryce Harper 260x174 Image

4. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Autographed Patch Press Plate Bryce Harper 1/1 - $999

2012 Bowman Platinum Autographed Patch Press Plate Bryce Harper 260x188 Image

5. 2012 Bowman Platinum Autographed Patch Gold Refractor 10/50 - $760

2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Autographed Patch Gold Refractor Bryce Harper 260x139 Image

6. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Hexagraph HBC2 Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen, Gerrit Cole, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw Redemption #/10 - $750

2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Hexagraph Redemption 211x300 Image

7. 2012 Bowman Platinum Autographed Patch Gold Refractor Bryce Harper 43/50 - $698.88

8. 2012 Bowman Platinum Autographed Patch Gold Refractor Bryce Harper 29/50 - $686.88

9. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Hexagraph HBC2 Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen, Gerrit Cole, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw Redemption #/10 - $670

10. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Hexagraph HBC2 Trevor Bauer, Danny Hultzen, Gerrit Cole, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw Redemption #/10 - $660

11. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Autographed Patch Atomic Refractor Yu Darvish 2/5 - $645

2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Autographed Patch Atomic Refractor Yu Darvish 260x184 Image

12. 2012 Bowman Platinum Autographed Patch Gold Refractor Bryce Harper 33/50 - $630

13. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Autographed Patch Atomic Refractor Yu Darvish 1/5 - $610

14. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Jumbo Patch Bryce Harper 1/5 - $582.03

2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Jumbo Patch Bryce Harper 260x186 Image

15. 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Prospect Autograph Atomic Refractor Bubba Starling Redemption #/5 - $550

2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Prospect Atomic Refractor Autograph Bubba Starling Redemption 215x300 Image

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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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