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Investment Rating: 8.0
You know what they say about "ladies diggin' the long ball." It's true for a lot of collectors too. And that's a big reason why Miguel Sano is getting more and more attention in the hobby. He's absolutely crushing the ball, even if it is in the minors.
The Twins signed Sano. The Dominican-born infielder came with a large price tag, but it looks to be paying off. Sano has quickly emerged as not only one of Minnesota's top prospects, but one of the best in baseball. After a solid but unspectacular 2010 in rookie ball, Sano really started to flex his power in 2011. He belted 20 home runs in 66 games. That number rose to 28 in 2012, but in twice as many games. Sano's batting average also suffered, dropping below .260. He rebounded in 2013, belting 35 home runs and getting his average back up to a more respectable .280.
Disaster struck in 2014. Sano required Tommy John surgery and lost the entire season.
But the setback was temporary. He finally got called up to the Twins on July 1, 2105.
For those who want to know a little more about Sano and get a closer look at the Dominican baseball system, he was a part of the documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero, which got a small theatrical release in 2012.
Collectors already have a lot of Miguel Sano cards to chase. We've listed some highlights at all price ranges below.
Key Miguel Sano Cards
The following is a list of key Miguel Sano cards released prior to his MLB debut. As a result, none can be classified as official rookie cards.
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If you're looking to start a collection of Miguel Sano cards, this one is likely the top choice. This is the card collectors will be looking to in the future, likely more so than Sano's eventual official rookie cards. It has an on-card signature and pictures the third baseman in his Twins uniform. Prospectors are also happy to chase the many Refractor parallels.
Autographs aren't in everyone's budget. That's where the basic 2010 Bowman Chrome Miguel Sano Prospects card comes in. It looks almost identical save for the signature. It even has tons of Refractors to chase as well. Much cheaper than the autographed version, this card can usually be found for a few dollars.
Available exclusively through a 2010 Bowman Chrome wrapper redemption, this card features a completely different photo. And while the sticker autograph stands out (not in a good way), it is numbered to 100. Given its rarity, the 2010 Bowman Chrome Wrapper Redemption Autograph Miguel Sano is extremely popular.
The 2010 Bowman Platinum Miguel Sano autograph is a very worthy alternative to Bowman Chrome. Just like the pricier Chrome version, this one come with an on-card signature. The basic version also comes printed on Refractor stock.
Another great Miguel Sano prospect card that doesn't cost much can be found in 2010 Bowman Sterling. Singles are actually quite rare. Yet, as many chase autographs from the high-end set, unsigned cards can fly under the radar. Far fewer copies of these are around than Sano's unsigned cards from Bowman Chrome and Bowman Platinum.
Still want a Miguel Sano autograph but are more concerned with price than prestige? 2012 Leaf Valiant delivers an on-card signature and a clean design. It's newer than is 2010 Bowman Chrome and Bowman Platinum autographs and it doesn't carry a professional license. But both of those factors lead to something much more affordable.