Sports Trading Card Price Tracker We talk a lot about price movement of single cards and sports trading card boxes on The Sports Card Show Podcast. Each month we'll pick some hot items in the sports card world and monitor the price action over the month. Sometimes we make prediction on if the price is going to go up or down.
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Randall Cobb WR/KR
Drafted: 2nd Round #64 - 2011

College: Kentucky

Randall Cobb took advantage of the national spotlight by returning a kickoff for 108 yards against the New Orleans Saints - in addition to catching 2 passes for 35 yards and another TD. Cobb showed miraculous balance on the kick return when he got upended - but remained on his feet by doing a barrel roll, he then ran the rest of the way for a TD. During an ESPN interview Friday morning, Cobb said he "ran the wrong route" on his TD catch during the game Thursday.

After the big kick return, sales of Randall Cobb's new 2011 Rookie Cards produced by Panini America and Topps exploded upward. As you can see from the example below, prices soared to over 100% the fair market prices for most of his current rookie cards.  If you have any Cobb rookie cards, now would be the best time to sell because he probably won't be making spectacular plays week in and week out. He is buried on the Packers depth chart behind receivers Greg Jennings, Donald Diver and Jordy Nelson. If you like Cobb, you'll most likely have a chance to buy the same card back at a much cheaper price later on in the season.

2011 Topps Finest
Randall Cobb Autograph/Jersey Rookie Card

Serial Numbered: #/589
Randall Cobb Rookie Cards on eBay

Prices Below Include Shipping Cost

2011 Topps Finest Football Checklist

2011 Topps Finest Randall Cobb Jersey Autograph Rookie RC 589


Prices BEFORE Big Game Prices AFTER Big Game
Aug. 31, 2011 $17.50
Sept. 1, 2011 $17.00
Sept. 1, 2011 $17.51
Sept. 1, 2011 $22.25
Sept. 2, 2011 $15.95
Sept. 2, 2011 $17.00
Sept. 3, 2011 $21.87
Sept. 4, 2011 $17.99
Sept. 4, 2011 $22.00
Sept. 4, 2011 $20.49
Sept. 5, 2011 $15.49
Sept. 5, 2011 $13.05
Sept. 5, 2011 $14.02
Sept. 5, 2011 $11.45
Sept. 5, 2011 $10.25
Sept. 5, 2011 $12.50
Sept. 5, 2011 $18.34
Sept. 6, 2011 $13.87
Sept. 6, 2011 $10.51
Sept. 6, 2011 $10.51
Sept. 6, 2011 $12.00
Sept. 6, 2011 $13.00
Sept. 7, 2011 $13.12
Sept. 7, 2011 $15.49
Sept. 7, 2011 $15.50
Sept. 8, 2011 $23.99
Sept. 8, 2011 $25.78
Sept. 8, 2011 $25.01
Sept. 8, 2011 $27.99
Sept. 8, 2011 $24.44
Sept. 8, 2011 $24.44
Sept. 8, 2011 $42.49
Sept. 8, 2011 $32.49
Sept. 8, 2011 $42.49
Sept. 8, 2011 $42.50
Sept. 8, 2011 $39.99
Sept. 8, 2011 $52.94
Sept. 8, 2011 $46.43
Sept. 9, 2011 $38.00
Sept. 9, 2011 $34.99
Sept. 9, 2011 $50.00
Sept. 9, 2011 $27.98
Sept. 9, 2011 $56.55

Average Price After Game: $36.58
Average Price Before Game: $16.10

Average Price Difference: $20.48

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Baseball's number one prospect Bryce Harper has been the catalyst behind sales of 2011 Bowman Baseball cards - and while the set is no where near as explosive as last years 2010 set - prices for rare Harper cards have come out hot.  Many casual baseball fans have probably not heard of Harper which could mean collectors will have to wait several years for their investments to materialize. In 2010 - early sales of Bowman boxes and single cards were modest until Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg reached the MLB and started to light it up. 2010 Hobby boxes got to as high as $200 in June '10 on the secondary market - but were only $75-80 around the May release date.  In the 2011 Bowman set, no other player besides Harper has gained serious traction in the hobby world.  By early June 2011 - boxes could be found for around the release date price of $75-80 a box.

Besides the Superfractor 1/1 Autograph - the Red /5 Autograph parallels are the most rare auto's in 2011 Bowman. Harper has lived up to the enormous hype so far in the lower levels of the minor leagues. He has displayed power and hit near .350 during the first half of the season.  The success has not come without some controversy.  In June, Harper hit a mammoth HR during a minor league game and subsequently "blew a kiss" to the pitcher as he crossed home plate.  The video footage was shown on national media outlets including ESPN.  Players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez have seen their card values decline in part because a large segment of fans dislike them.  In order for Harper to ever become a hobby stalwart he is going to have to tone down the bad boy image. His talent on the baseball field remains unquestioned at this point - but he is still probably at least two full years away from playing for the Washington Nationals which would put a date on his arrival in the bigs around 2013.

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2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Auto Parallel 1/5

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 1/5
Sold: June 6, 2011
eBay Seller: cardsonline
View Count: 6,876
Bids: 64
Sold For: $6,450.99

2011 Bowman Red Bryce Harper Autograph 2/5 2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 2/5
Sold: June 8, 2011
eBay Seller: anderdale2
View Count: 443
Sold For: $6,500.00 - Best Offer

2011 Bowman Red Bryce Harper Autograph 3/5

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 3/5
Start Date: June 10, 2011
eBay Seller: kywildcats108
View Count: 162
Asking Price: $10,000.00 - Best Offer

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Auto 4/5

2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Red Autograph 4/5
End Date: June 12, 2011
eBay Seller: dwise72
View Count: 1,534
Watchers: 250+
Final Price: $5,900.00

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2011 Bowman Bryce Harper BP1
Sale Price of the 1st one listed on eBay

2010 Topps Heritage Baseball Checklist 2011 Bowman Baseball Checklist

The hottest prospect in the game right now is 2010 #1 overall pick Bryce Harper and he has lived up to the hype by scorching minor league pitching and displaying the talent scouts have drooled over. 2011 Bowman Baseball had a scheduled release date of May 18, 2011 - but several collectors found packs at retail as early as May 12th. The listing below is for the very first Bowman Bryce Harper to appear on eBay - less then an hour after it went live - the bidding had already reached $50.00. This is the non-autographed version - imagine the price those will fetch!
On eBay:
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper BCP1
Auction Started: May 12, 2011
Auction Ended: May 13, 2011

Watchers: 187
View Count: 2,518
Seller: slackknasty

Final Price: $135.29
2011 Bowman Bryce Harper Rookie RC
Past Sales of Top Bryce Harper Cards on eBay:
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper Auto 50/60 60A-BH
Watchers: 225+ (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Final Price: $690.00
Auction Ended: January 21, 2011
2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph Happy 60th

Bryce Harper 2010 Bowman Chrome USA
RED Refractor #/5 Graded BGS 9.5
Watchers: 96
Final Price: $2,925.00
Auction Ended: August 29, 2010
2010 Bowman USA Bryce Harper Red BGS 9.5

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Bryce Harper Aflac Auto

$534.57 -- Average Price - 21 Completed Auctions
Auctions Tracked From December 15-27, 2010

2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Bryce Harper Aflac Auto /230