Royals on cardboard: The odd case of the true Eric Hosmer rookie baseball card by Ryan Murphy
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As the â€śfuture is nowâ€ť begins in Kansas City tonite with one of the highly touted prospects, Eric Hosmer, making his major league debut, many baseball card collectors will surely be scouring through their cards trying to find Hosmerâ€™s rookie card. If you donâ€™t know the hobby, the rookie card is most often the most sought after card of the player, denoting his first major league card. However, in the case, collectors will have to dig pretty hardâ€¦ because there is not a definite rookie card yet of Hosmer.
Typically, Topps has all the bases covered with Bowman and gets players right after the draft or after they make their mark showing a real ability to make it to the majors, but how could Hosmer be missed? He was the #3 pick of the 2008 draft, rated #24 prospect before 2009 and #8 before 2011! Sure there are cards out there, but it will be interesting to see which one defines Hosmer as his rookie card. Perhaps this is just a mis-estimation, like the rest of us, that Moustakas would be there first, which is why he has SO many cards out there already.
If you are interested in buying, then you may want to wait a little to see how his transition is. His ebay sales are skyrocketing ever since the news of his promotion. There are a decent number of autographed cards out there, mainly Upper Deck USA cards and Razor. Neither of these companies is licensed to produce Major League Baseball cards so he is not pictured in his Royals uniform. If this isnâ€™t a problem for you, then you can get an autographed Razor Authentic Signature #/699 for about $30 and the Upper Deck autographed card is trending slightly more at $40-$50. Adding to the oddity of the elusive Hosmer is that Panini didnâ€™t pick up on this and include him in there nearly comprehensive release of Elite Extra Edition which is an annual product focusing on EXCLUSIVELY the draft. Topps did make a minor league card of him featured in a Blue Rocks uniform for their 2010 Pro Debut Series 1. Included in this release is a very nice Large jumbo game used jersey swatch from his futures game jersey but there are only 199 of these cards made. They can be purchased for under $10 still.
The Upper Deck USA set from 2008 has the most variety of Hosmer cards, including Jersey autograph parings with a number of parallels, patch autograph, and a dual autograph with Seattleâ€™s young 1B Justin Smoak. Each of these are very nice looking cards and having them serial numbered also allows you to know the scarcity.
Now here is where the fun of collecting is. As the year progresses, you can now expect him to be including in probably every single brand that comes out. So you will get your chance to hit the first hand market rather than buy off ebay. If you are looking for the quintessential rookie card, be looking for his Bowman Chrome and if they have an autographed version, grab as fast as you can. So bottom line, if you want to get in on the Hosmer collection, then you havenâ€™t missed much. And just like his career with the Royals, the best is yet to be!
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