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

2012 Bowman Sterling Prospects Shelby Miller Card BGS 9.5.
$18.99

SHELBY MILLER ST LOUIS CARDINALS SIGNED AUTO 2012 TOPPS PRO DEBUT ALLSTAR CARD
$8.99

(3) SHELBY MILLER 2011 BOWMAN CHROME FUTURE FRACTORS RC #9
$5.00

2017 Topps Mini Baseball (Online Exclusive) #355 Shelby Miller - Diamondbacks
$5.00

2013 Topps Chrome Update Gold Refractor 44 Shelby Miller Rookie 190 250
$7.99

Shelby Miller - 2013 Bowman Inception Rookie Autographs #SM - AU
$11.95

Shelby Miller signed 2010 Bowman Chrome Rookie card auto
$19.99

2016 Topps Triple Threads A.J Pollock Yasmany Tomas Shelby Miller Auto Jersey 36
$19.95
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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

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Full Body Autographs Silver #ZC Zack Cox
$9.00

2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Draft Year Autographs Silver #ZC Zack Cox - NM-MT
$27.50

2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects Zack Cox Silver First Round Picks AUTO RC 14
$7.99

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Signature Status Emerald Zack Cox AUTO 20 25
$24.99

Zack Cox Signed 2011 ITG H&P Up Close Silver Auto Card 190 St. Louis Cardinals
$8.99

2010 BOWMAN CHROME BLUE REFRACTOR AUTO ZACK COX BGS 9.5
$11.99

2010 Bowman Draft BDPP62 Zack Cox 10 count all chrome lot Cardinals
$6.50

2010 Bowman Draft BDPP62 Zack Cox 20 count lot Cardinals
$6.50
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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

2011 Bowman Chrome Jordan Swagerty 1 5 Autograph #BCP183 Cardinals
$100.00

2011 Bowman Chrome Jordan Swagerty Auto BCP183 Autograph Cardinals
$9.99

Jordan Swagerty – 2008 UD USA Natural Team Jersey - BV = $8.00
$5.00

2011 CONTENDERS #DT87 JORDAN SWAGERTY AUTOGRAPH ROOKIE RC, CARDINALS, 071314
$6.36

2011 Playoff Contenders Draft Tickets First Day Proof #DT87 Jordan Swagerty Card
$6.25

2011 Playoff Contenders Draft Tickets First Day Proof #DT87 Jordan Swagerty Card
$6.25

JORDAN SWAGERTY RC AUTOGRAPH 2008 UD USA BASEBALL
$5.95

JORDAN SWAGERTY RC AUTOGRAPH 2011 CONTENDERS AUTO
$5.95
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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

KOLTEN WONG 2015 ELITE 21st Century SER #d 199 #112 CARDINALS
$5.95

2017 Topps NOW Player's Weekend #PW-114 Kolten Wong - Print Run of 113
$6.50

KOLTEN WONG 2014 TOPPS SUPREME AUTOGRAPH #07 45
$21.00

2015 Panini Prizm Kolten Wong auto autograph red refractor card 32 99 Cardinals
$9.99

2017 Topps Mini Baseball (Online Exclusive) #517 Kolten Wong - Cardinals
$5.00

Kolten Wong St Louis Cardinals Gypsy Queen 2016 Gold Mini #45 50
$5.54

Kolten Wong - 2013 Bowman Platinum Auto Relic #AR-KW
$14.99

2014 Panini Classic KOLTEN WONG #71 299 Auto RCJersey Rookie Cardinals MINT
$6.50
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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 Topps Update Bowman Chrome Baseball Value Box
$229.95

2011 Bowman Chrome Baseball Blaster Box Factory Sealed BRYCE HARPER AUTO?
$109.99

2011 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL HOBBY BOX TROUT, BRYCE HARPER RC AUTO NEW
$475.00

2011 Bowman Pack (Bryce Harper Auto Chrome Refractor 1 1 Trout Machado Correa)?
$14.95

2011 Bowman Chrome 8 Pack Blaster Box - Bryce Harper Auto?
$99.95

2011 Topps Update + Bowman Chrome Baseball Value Box..3 BOX LOT!..Trout RC???
$675.00

2011 Topps Bowman Chrome Exclusive Value Box Red BCE1 Bryce Harper PSA 10 GEM MT
$39.99

2011 Topps Bowman Chrome Exclusive Value Box Red BCE1 Bryce Harper PSA 10 GEM MT
$39.99
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