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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2012 Topps Series 1 Ryan Braun Base Card 2012 Topps Series 1
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Original Wholesale Price:
$50 Box
$567 Case (12 Boxes)

What Cases Sold For
February 2012

$520 - $635

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$420 - $445
Potential Profit
-$47 - +$68
Potential Profit
-$147
- -$122
2012 Topps Series 1 Prince Fielder Jumbo Relic Card

 

2012 Topps Series 1 Jumbo
Release Date: February 1, 2012

Original Wholesale Price:
$83 Box
$475 Case (6 Boxes)

What Cases Sold For
February 2012

$590 - $640

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$420 - $445
Potential Profit
+$115+$165
Potential Profit
-$55
- -$30
2012 Topps Series 2 Yu Darvish RC Card

 

2012 Topps Series 2
Release Date: June 6, 2012

Original Wholesale Price:
$50 Box
$567 Case (12 Boxes)

What Cases Sold For
June 2012

$445 - $620

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$479 - $512
Potential Profit
-$122
- +$53
Potential Profit
-$88
- -$55
2012 Topps Series 2 Bryce Harper Autograph RC

 

2012 Topps Series 2 Jumbo
Release Date: June 6, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$83 Box
$475 Case (6 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
June 2012

$464 - $640

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$529 - $550
Potential Profit
-$11
- +$165
Potential Profit
+$54+$75
2012 Topps Update Tom Milone Autograph Card

 

2012 Topps Update Series
Release Date: October 3, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$50 Box
$567 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
October 2012

$455 - $525

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$471 - $500
Potential Profit
-$112
- -$42
Potential Profit
-$96
- -$67
2012 Topps Update Series Albert Pujols Jersey Card

 

2012 Topps Update Series Jumbo
Release Date: October 3, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$83 Box
$475 Case (6 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
October 2012

$491 - $550

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$569 - $598
Potential Profit
+$16+$75
Potential Profit
+$94+$123
2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Albert Pujols Base

 

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter
Release Date: July 11, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$77 Box
$889 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
July 2012

$787 - $1,100

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$900 - $980
Potential Profit
-$102
- +$211
Potential Profit
+$11+$91
2012 Topps Archives Josh Hamilton In Action Insert Card  

2012 Topps Archives
Release Date: May 23, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$77 Box
$740 Case (10 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
May 2012

$735 - $797

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$680 - $728
Potential Profit
-$5
- +$57
Potential Profit
-$60
- -$12
2012 Topps Chrome Josh Hamilton Card  

2012 Topps Chrome
Release Date: August 22, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$59 Box
$675 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
August 2012

$760 - $850

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$1,000 - $1,200
Potential Profit
+$85+$175
Potential Profit
+$325+$525
2012 Topps Finest Matt Kemp Base Card

 

2012 Topps Finest
Release Date: August 8, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$85 Box
$656 Case (8 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
August 2012

$735 - $865

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$800 - $889
Potential Profit
+$79+$209
Potential Profit
+$144+$233
2012 Topps Five Star Derek Jeter Base Card    

2012 Topps Five Star
Release Date: November 14, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$386 Box
$1,115 Case (3 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
November/December 2012

$999 - $1,240
 
Potential Profit
-$116
- +$125
 
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Sandy Koufax Base

 

2012 Topps Gypsy Queen
Release Date: April 18, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$93 Box
$893 Case (10 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
April 2012

$891 - $1,000

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$775 - $799
Potential Profit
-$2
- +$107
Potential Profit
-$118
- -$94
2012 Topps Heritage Ryan Braun Base

 

2012 Topps Heritage
Release Date: March 14, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$56 Box
$645 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
March 2012

$665 - $860

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$450 - $512
Potential Profit
+$20+$215
Potential Profit
-$195
- -$133
2012 Topps Heritage Minors Mason Williams Base  

2012 Topps Heritage Minor Leagues
Release Date: September 12, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$56 Box
$645 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
September 2012

$695 - $719

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$605 - $650
Potential Profit
+$50+$74
Potential Profit
-$40
+$5

2012 Topps Museum Collection Jeremy Hellickson Archival Autograph

 

2012 Topps Museum Collection
Release Date: April 4,, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$155 Box
$1,785 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
April 2012

$1,900 - $2,420

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$3,250 - $3,275
Potential Profit
+$115+$635
Potential Profit
+$1,465+$1,490
2012 Topps Pro Debut Christian Yelich Card  

2012 Topps Pro Debut
Release Date: June 13, 2013

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$56 Box
$645 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
June 2012

$650 - $699

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$545 - $590
Potential Profit
+$5+$54
Potential Profit
-$100
- -$55
2012 Topps Tier One Carl Yastrzemski Autograph

 

2012 Topps Tier 1
Release Date: June 20, 2013

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$78 Box
$895 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
June 2012

$1,030 - $1,499

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$1,500 - $1,600
Potential Profit
+$135+$604
Potential Profit
+$605+$705
2012 Topps Tribute Hank Aaron Base Card   

2012 Topps Tribute
Release Date: March 9, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$232 Box
$1,786 Case (8 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
March 2012

$2,099 - $2,399

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$2,890 - $3,000
Potential Profit
+$313+$613
Potential Profit
+$1,104+$1,214
2012 Topps Nelson Cruz Triple Threads  

2012 Topps Triple Threads
Release Date: September 19, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$165 Box
$2,880 Case (18 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
September 2012

$3,269 - $3,399

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$2,950 - $3,259
Potential Profit
+$389+$519
Potential Profit
+$70+$379
2012 Bowman Eric Hosmer Base Card

 

2012 Bowman
Release Date: May 9, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$60 Box
$645 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
May 2012

$749 - $935

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$790 - $840
Potential Profit
+$104+$290
Potential Profit
+$145+$195
2012 Bowman Bryce Harper BP10 Card  

2012 Bowman Jumbo
Release Date: May 9, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$92 Box
$715 Case (8 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
May 2012

$1,150 - $1,300

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$1,049 - $1,285
Potential Profit
+$435+$585
Potential Profit
+$334+$570
2012 Bowman Chrome Billy Hamilton Auto  

2012 Bowman Chrome
Release Date: October 17, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$59 Box
$680 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
October 2012

$611 - $700

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$539 - $667
Potential Profit
-$69
+$20
Potential Profit
-$141
- -$13
2012 Bowman Draft Picks Will Middlebrooks Red Refractor    

2012 Bowman Draft Picks
Release Date: November 28, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$54 Box
$625 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$600 - $669
 
Potential Profit
-$25
+$44
 
2012 Bowman Platinum Ryan Braun Base Card  

2012 Bowman Platinum
Release Date: July 25, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$82 Box
$945 Case (12 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
July 2012

$1,200 - $1,350

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$765 - $805
Potential Profit
+$255+$405
Potential Profit
-$180
- -$140
2012 Bowman Sterling Profar    

2012 Bowman Sterling
Release Date: December 19, 2012

 

Original Wholesale Price:
$230 Box
$1,789 Case (8 Boxes)

 

What Cases Sold For
December 2012

$1,595 - $1,900
 
Potential Profit
-$194
+$111
 

Last year we took a look at 2011 Topps & Bowman Case prices at years end. I got some feedback that prices during the release date window or 'peak' selling season might give a more accurate reflection of the kind of profit you can make. So I've added both the 4 weeks after release High/Low prices & the December year end prices.

At the time of writing this, some sets had only been out for about a month, so the data only reflects the release date window prices.

Remember that even modest profits above do not reflect costs of doing business. From what I've heard, getting an eBay Power Seller Discount is often the difference between making money and loosing money for some sellers.

I do all my historical eBay Research here .


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2011 Topps Chrome Colin Kaepernick Autograph  2011 Topps Chrome Football
Colin Kaepernick Autograph Refractor #/99
Rookie Card - Autographed - Refractor - Serial Numbered #/99
Card #: 25

52 Week Range: $26.65 - $199.99*
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
Approx Volume Sold on eBay: 21
*The version 7/99 sold for $230.00 on 12-23-2012
#7 is his jersey number
2011 Topps Chrome Football Checklist

Colin Kaepernick grew up in Turlock, CA where I used to live. It's low key in Turlock.  Could probably leave your door unlocked depending where you lived. It's a far cry from the bright lights of the NFL.  In 2011, as a rookie, Kaepernick watched Alex Smith lead the 49ers to the NFC Championship game. Smith's cards exploded in value, and it was hard for anyone to think he'd lose his job the following season.  People close to the 49ers organization loved Kaepernick though, with his blend of size, speed and a rocket arm. Smith played fairly well in the first half of the 2012 season, but got knocked out of a game due to a concussion and Kaepernick has played and started every game since.  Collectors who bought Kaepernick cards during 2011 and even the start of 2012 were rewarded if they decided to sell once Smith went out with injury. Most of Kaepernick's football cards have gone up in value, even the more common ones, and his autographed versions like the Topps Chrome have seen a good pop.

One of the limitations with looking at Kaepernick's card values - and stopping at December 31, 2012 - is that it won't track the 2012 NFL playoffs in January. Depending what happens there, it could boost or level off the market for his cards. Barring disaster, Kaepernick looks like a lock to be the 49ers starter in 2013 and beyond. Even at the prices his 2011 Topps Chrome Refractor Autograph are selling for at years end (roughly $175), it still feels like there is room to grow potentially in 2013 if he plays well. But that could be the Turlock bias setting in.....

Topps Chrome Autographed Kaepernick Rookies for Sale

 

 
2011 Topps Chrome Colin Kaepernick Autograph Graph  
 

NOTE: Prices are averaged per month. The November $133.07 number takes into account the boost in sales when he took over as a starter for Alex Smith.

 


 

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2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout BGS 9.5 2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout BGS 9.5 Back 2009 Bowman Sterling
Mike Trout Autograph
Graded BGS 9.5 - 10 Autograph Grade
Card #: BSP-MT

52 Week Range: $66.40 - $477.00
Date Range: January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2012
Approx Volume Sold on eBay: 90
Total 9.5's graded by BGS: 329 (as of 12/21/2012)

For a 12 month period we looked at the value of Mike Trout's 2009 Bowman Sterling Autograph.  Each of the 90 sales we tracked were for a graded BGS (Beckett Grading Services) 9.5, with a 10 score on the autograph grade. 9.5 is a GEM Mint Score and the 10 is a typical grade for modern autographs. Before Mike Trout was called up on April 28, 2012 copies of the card could be had for less then $80.00.  Once Trout got it going good luck finding one for less then $275.00.  Trout is a remarkable player who has a skill set very few major league players have. Power, speed, defense, bat control, he could be a MVP contender for many years to come.

In 2009 the cards didn't come graded. You'd pull the Bowman Sterling Mike Trout card out of a pack, and then collectors will send them in to get graded. As of December 21, 2012 - 329 had been graded 9.5 by BGS according to their population report.  26 Bowman Sterling Autograph Mike Trout's have been graded BGS 10, or a Pristine score. Those are very rare and are worth a premium over the 9.5.  He also has rare parallels in Bowman Sterling that are also autographed (black refractor, gold refractor for example) and those are worth more then the base autograph tracked on this page.

2009 Bowman Sterling Mike Trout BGS 9.5 For Sale
 

 
Mike Trout Bowman Sterling Graph  
NOTE: Prices are averaged per month. Very few sold in Jan-April. Then about 10-15 would sell per month after May  
   
   

Key Price Triggers:

Trout Gets Called Up: April 28, 2012
52 Week High Price: $477.00 12-16-2012
52 Week Low Price: $66.40 1-24-2012