Hands down the hottest player in baseball right now is Twins' silver slugging first baseman Justin Morneau. An improved eye at the plate and an even slicker mit in the field have combined to make the 2010 Morneau an even better player than the one that won the 2006 MVP. Here's the current stat line for the first base half of the M and M boys: .383 Batting AVG, 11 HR, 35 RBI, 31 RUNS, .497 OBP
Now onto the cards, here's a look at the Canadian slugger's key cardboard.
1. 2001 Bowman Autographs #BAJM Justin Morneau ($150)
Although technically not considered an "RC" due to the fact that it is not part of the base set, that matters not due to the fact that Morneau doesn't have a "true auto rc". It's old school card design, on-card auto, and Bowman brand name should allow it to appreciate nicely over the years. This card is a must for Minnesota fans and Morneau collectors alike.
2. 2001 Finest Autographs #FAJM Justin Morneau ($100)
Like the Bowman Autograph, this card is also not technically considered a "true rc", but that is overrated. I don't think collectors really care about that as much as magazines do. It's nothing more than trivial details that should be ignored in cases where a player doesn't have a base rookie auto.
3. 2001 Bowman's Best #166 Justin Morneau RC ($20)
This is the best true Morneau RC for the value collector. It carries a lower print run than the '01 Bowman Chrome and the card design is spot on. In my opinion, Bowman's Best was one of the more underrated products of the 2000's. Another plus about the card is that it is probably at least $20 under-booked.
4. 2001 Bowman Chrome #169 Justin Morneau RC ($50)
You can't go wrong with Bowman Chrome; the brand most synonymous with the modern baseball RC. Another feather in this card's hat is that it is part of the 2001 Bowman Chrome set, the very same set that contains the Pujols Auto RC. It's important to look at a set like a team. The long term potential value of card is often linked to the strength of the cards that surround it.