Yasiel Puig Cards Soar During Wild First Week with the Dodgers

Yasiel Puig Cards Soar During Wild First Week with the Dodgers

2013 Bowman Cream of the Crop Mini Refractor Yasiel PuigYasiel Puig's first week in the majors was nothing short of amazing. The Dodgers outfielder has quickly emerged as 2013's it player, both on the field and in the hobby. While he was highly touted ahead of his call-up, prices on Yasiel Puig baseball cards have soared as collectors clamor to get in on the excitement.

2013 Bowman Baseball has been out for about a month now. This is the first set to feature Puig in a Dodgers uniform. While he's not in the base or Prospect sets, he is a part of a pair of inserts. When 2013 Bowman Baseball arrived, the Yasiel Puig Cream of the Crop Mini Refractor could be found regularly on eBay for $10 or less. Most of the Blue parallels, which are numbered to 250, sold in the $25-40 range. Now the regular versions are selling for $50. Blue Refractors were up to about $60 at the time Puig debuted with the Dodgers. A week later and they're now selling for $150.

The Yasiel Puig card to get in 2013 Bowman Baseball has become Lucky Redemption #4. He wasn't named to the set until he made the Los Angeles roster. When the set first released, it sold for about $150-200. The latest copies to sell have reached $900. Redeemed copies of the Yasiel Puig Lucky Redemptions come with an on-card autograph.

There has been a renewed interest in several 2012 products from Leaf that have the first certified Yasiel Puig autograph cards. In just the last week, Puig's 2012 Leaf Metal Draft autograph went from a $60 card to one that moves for as much as $300 (though the last one to sell barely broke the $200 barrier). His base 2012 Leaf Valiant autograph has gone from $86 to more than $400. A one-of-one autograph parallel from 2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft sold on June 5 for $3,050. With these soaring prices, there has also been renewed interest in boxes that hold the potential for Yasiel Puig autographs.

It's tough to imagine Puig maintaining the numbers he showed during his first six games. He hit safely in all but one of them, four of which were multi-hit outings. The Cuban notched four home runs and knocked in ten runs. He also played tremendous defense in the Dodgers outfield. For now, at least, there's no stopping Yasiel Puig or his cards.

Here's a quick look at the fast rise of Yasiel Puig baseball cards based on completed eBay auctions:

2012 Leaf Legends of Sport Yasiel Puig #10

5/20/13: $9.99
6/4/13: $17.75-$22.95
6/6/13: $86.99

2012 Leaf Memories Originals Yasiel Puig #552 #/99

6/1/13: $16.50
6/3/13: $43.00
6/6/13: $125.95-$153.50

2012 Leaf Metal Draft Yasiel Puig #BA-YP1 Autograph

5/12/13: $42
6/3/13: $85
6/10/13: $203

2012 Leaf Ultimate Draft Yasiel Puig #BA-YP1 Autograph

5/27/13: $80
6/3/13: $110
6/9/13: $269-$350

2012 Leaf Valiant Yasiel Puig #BA-YP1

5/9/13: $60
6/3/13: $86-$120
6/9/13: $230

2013 Bowman Lucky Redemption Autograph Yasiel Puig #4

5/9/13: $250
5/15/13: $152.50
6/3/13: $389.99-$500
6/8/13: $980-$1,000

2013 Bowman Cream of the Crop Mini Refractor Yasiel Puig #LAD3

5/9/13: $7.05-$14.99
6/3/13: $9.99-$20.50
6/9/13: $31.01-$61

2013 Bowman Top 100 Prospects Yasiel Puig #BTP58

5/9/13: $5.50-$12.50
6/3/13: $6.49-$18.88
6/9/13: $26-$47

2013 Bowman Top 100 Prospects Die-Cut Refractor Yasiel Puig #BTP58 #/99

5/9/13: $49.99-$117
6/3/13: $73.70
6/9/13: $225-$250

Top eBay Listings

YASIEL PUIG 2013 TOPPS CHROME RC ROOKIE BGS 9.5
$49.99

2013 topps allen & ginter #44 YASIEL PUIG dodgers rookie BGS 9.5 10
$25.00

2013 Topps Heritage High Number - LOS ANGELES DODGERS Team Set w Yasiel Puig RC
$49.99

YASIEL PUIG 2013 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS AMETYST #441 650 PSA GEM MINT {10}
$100.00

2014 Topps Archives 1987 Future Stars Jose Abreu & Yasiel Puig
$7.03

YASIEL PUIG 2013 PANINI BLACK FRIDAY #081 299 PSA MINT {9} # 42 ROOKIE CARD.
$24.99

2014 Topps Turkey Red #76 Yasiel Puig - NM-MT
$7.50

Yasiel Puig 2014 Panini the National #4 Refractor 8 25 Dodgers ONLY 25 Made D271
$25.00

2013 BOWMAN CHROME #1 YASIEL PUIG "REFRACTOR" ROOKIE RC, DODGERS - PSA 9 (85395)
$17.95

2013 Panini Prizm #260 Yasiel Puig RC - NM-MT
$5.92

2013 TOPPS UPDATE #US250 YASIEL PUIG "GREEN SPARKLE" ROOKIE RC, DODGERS, 111213
$21.55

2013 Panini Black Friday Collection Yasiel Puig Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie #1
$5.59

2013 BOWMAN PLATINUM #BPCP49 YASIEL PUIG "XFRACTOR" ROOKIE RC, DODGERS, 111213
$25.15

2013 BOWMAN PLATINUM PROSPECT CARD OF YASIEL PUIG BGS 8.5 NM-NM+ MUST HAVE
$6.99

2015 Topps Baseball Yasiel Puig Batter Logo Pin Card BGS 9
$28.00

2014 Bowman Chrome Refractor MLB #159 Yasiel Puig 090 500 Los Angeles Dodgers
$6.00
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User Comments

  1. Hi. I have a bid for a 2013 Topps Pro Debut Yasiel Puig SSP 35b card. I can’t tell by looking at the front or back that it has a SSP printed on it. How do I know it’s actually a short print? Many thanks!!

  2. Ralph Spence » All of the Pro Debut variations can be seen here: http://www.cardboardconnection.com/2013-topps-pro-debut-baseball-variation-short-prints-guide

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