Manny Machado was the top prospect in the Baltimore Orioles system before he was called up to the Major Leagues on August 9, 2012. We take a look at the price of his 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph Refractor prospect card. Each card in the graph data points is graded by BGS – Beckett Grading Services and received a 9.5 Gem Mint score. The “autograph grade” was also a 10 for each card in the data series. At the very beginning of the MiLB season you could have gotten one of these cards for $98.00 (April 1. 2012). Shortly after Machado was called up to the big leagues the price elevated to as high as $258.00 for this card.
Card Set: 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft
Card: Manny Machado Autograph Refractor
Serial Numbered: #/500
Graded: BGS 9.5 (With 10 Autograph Score)
As soon as word got out that Machado had gotten called up to the Major League team the value for his cards shot up in value. Collectors starting scooping up the buy it nows on eBay and also sellers got on the ball and started listing the ones they had stacked away and put them up for sale. Machado got off to a decent start with the Orioles so it helped give his cards that extra boost. The #3 overall pick in the 2010 Draft, collectors have been sitting on Machado cards for a few years waiting for this time. Will his cards continue to rise? Or, will you be able to buy in at a cheaper price after the season ends?
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