Atlanta Sports Cards
“Money Where My Mouth Is”
By Jamie Kennedy
Volumes 1-4 have been VERY successful! We will be posting a tote board by week’s end showing many, MANY gains!
But thats old news: lets add some cards that will surely bring some profit in the future!
ADD: 2008 Elite WILIN ROSARIO Autographs
Combine Rosario’s two half-seasons at Double-A and you’ve got a .272/.322/.514 hitter with 35 homers and 22 doubles in 551 at-bats. In that time, he’s gunned down and above-average 38 percent of 132 would-be basethiefs. Rosario’s raw tools suggest that the power and arm strength he’s shown with Tulsa are very real, and it’s easy to see why scouts project him to be an above-average regular at the big league level, possibly as soon as next season. One caveat: Rosario has mashed 12 of 16 homers this season versus Texas League righthanders, but he’s also gone just 43-for-192 (.224) against them.
Lets add 10 copies of the elite autos (the bases are #d to 1099). These should run you from $5-$10 and are WELL worth the investment.
ADD: 2009 Bowman Draft TIM WHEELER AUTOS (Gold Refractor /50)
It’s been a bounce back year for Wheeler, the 32nd overall pick in 2009 who hit .249/.341/.384 in the high Class A California League last year. He’s been noted for his plus raw power before, but he’s been on a major surge of late. Wheeler has gone deep nine times in his last 18 games (he hit 12 in 129 games last year), moving into a tie for the minor league home run lead with 28 on the year. It’s worth noting the lefthanded-hitting Wheeler still has a fairly sizable platoon split, a carryover from last year. But he did hit one of his homers this week against a lefty, his sixth long ball against a southpaw out of his 28 this year.
For just $99, these are available on Ebay. Make sure and pick up at least 1 copy!
ADD: 2010 Bowman Chrome Miguel Sano Autos
Scouts have talked about Sano’s ability to hit and hit for power since he was 14. Four years later, Sano is showing why, with a quick swing that produces thundering power. Sano hit his sixth home run of the season this week, pushing his slash stats to .298/.338/.612 through 30 games. Of his 36 hits, more than half (21) have gone for extra bases. His 32 strikeouts are a touch high, but he has a good swing and enough power to produce 30-plus home runs in a season if it all comes together for him. The question right now with Sano is whether he’ll finish the season with more extra-base hits or errors. Extra-base hits have the lead for now, but Sano already has 16 errors—seven in 10 games at shortstop, another nine in 20 games at third base. Sano’s bazooka arm would be a weapon at third base, but to even stay at the position is going to take quite a bit of work.
Add 2-3 base autos ($20) and 1-2 refractor autos ($40-$50)
ADD: Any Jurickson Profar Autos
Profar’s season batting line of .284/.387/.521 would be impressive on its on merits, but put in context his performance makes him one of the two best shortstop prospects in the minors (the other being Manny Machado). The South Atlantic League’s youngest player, Profar has continued developing his power—10 homers this year—while showing plate discipline that would be uncanny for anyone, let alone a player so young. Profar has drawn 42 walks in 77 games, while striking out just 40 times. He’s been the fourth-hardest hitter to strike out in the SAL, going down on strikes just once every 8.7 plate appearances. We ranked him 12th on our midseason Top 50 prospects list, and scouts are saying now that we could have been even more aggressive in moving him up.
We can’t stress enough, at 18 years old, that Profar now is the consensus #2 overall hitting prospect behind a very cooled-off Harper. Grab as many 2010 Elites or 2011 Bowman Chrome Autos as possible. This kid WILL skyrocket in value over the 2nd half of the season. We’re betting on it!
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