View Full Version : Need a recommendation...Harper & Trout Rookies

Big Six
05-28-2013, 02:46 PM
I'd like to pick up one or two Harper and Trout rookies...not interested in any of the signed ones as, frankly, I don't have hundreds of dollars laying around. Instead, which base cards would be the best ones to pick up...and would you recommend raw versus graded...and if graded, BVG vs PSA/other? Traditionally, on the rare occasion I've done modern, I've gone towards Bowman Chrome or just Bowman. Lastly, other than scanning eBay, what's the best barometer of value for today's cards...Beckett?

05-28-2013, 03:28 PM
Yeah, I like Bowman Chrome as well. I use Ebay to gauge card value, personally.

Big Six
05-29-2013, 09:23 AM
Thanks cubsfan-budman...anyone else???

05-29-2013, 10:16 AM
Personally, for Trout, I went with the 2010 Bowman Platinum card. I think it's a pretty nice looking card. It's fairly inexpensive and as a guy who prefers chrome for his modern rookies, it completely satisfies. Hell, even the refractors are quite affordable..

For Harper, I actually prefer the UD Team USA sets from '08 and '09. The '08 is a little more than I typically prefer to spend, but both of the '09's are still very pleasing.

Another cool option for Harper would be from either '07 or '08(can't remember exactly). Topps was making personal cards for whoever ordered them through the website(typical little leaguers and stuff like that). I remember back then, people were submitting photo's of Harper when he was still in HS, and having Topps print them up, in older styles('75 is the one that I remember the most). I remember seeing them back then, so I know they're legit, but haven't seen one in quite a while.. Kinda wishing I would've bought a few...

As far as graded/raw. I prefer raw, BUT usually if I buy graded modern, I tend to lean BGS..

05-29-2013, 11:37 AM
I have no recommendations for Trout as I don't collect him.

I'm a huge Harper fan and have a bunch of his cards, but none of the autos or expensive cards. I'm waiting a few years for those premiums to come back down to reality. So far, my favorite Harper has to be the 2011 Topps Heritage.

As previously mentioned, the 08 and 09 Upper Decks are nice. The 2011 Bowman's Brightest is a nice card as well IMP. Also, the Hagerstown Suns have a series of I think 5 cards from around 2010 or 2011.

I prefer to get the Harpers in PSA 10s, but have a few BGS 9.5s. I also have a stack raw cards as well. You'll obviously spend a lot less going with raw.

05-29-2013, 01:54 PM
i know some people prefer these prospects pictured in their MLB uni...and they're turned off by cards like Team USA or Under-18 stuff. Not sure why, as I would consider those '08 or '09 harper rookies while the '10 BC more like 2nd year stuff.

sorry can't comment on the base stuff as i do the auto thing ;)

Big Six
05-29-2013, 02:38 PM
Thanks guys..will post some pickups soon!

05-31-2013, 02:14 PM
I would personally recommend the following:

2010 Bowman Chrome Harper - he's in the Team USA uni but it has the "First Bowman Chrome Card" logo on it. The Base version will run around $50. I prefer serial #'d cards, but the refractor #'d/777 will run closer to $150.

Any 2012 Harper that has the "RC" logo on it. I'd go with Bowman or Topps Chrome, Sterling, Platinum, or Finest. I like the image on the 2012 Platinum the best, but it's the only issue that doesn't come serial #'d. Instead there are SP colored parallels (gold, green, blue, ruby red). The ruby red is the "rarest" and will run about $15. The others (2012 Chrome, Sterling, Finest) have #'d refractors that will run $30+ depending on the print run.

For Trout, I'd go with any 2011 issue that has the "RC" logo on it. I prefer the #'d Bowman Chrome, Sterling, and Finest. Actually, I like his 2011 Topps Update image the best. The Gold version #'d/2011 runs around $25.

Also, check out both of their 2013 Topps issues. They aren't "RC's", but they have the cool "Topps All-Star Rookie Trophy" icon on them. Plus the current Topps photography has some pretty cool images.

Hope that helps

- Jason

06-01-2013, 01:09 PM
One thing to consider is what "will" eventually be considered a "rookie card". There's a lot of people who don't buy into MLB designated "rookie card logo".

2010 Bowman Platinum Mike Trout for instance. Standard MLB released set, featuring many current MLB players. Technically an insert, but looking closer at the pack ratios, and checklists, these hardly count as inserts to me. 100 standard cards, 50 platinum prospect cards. 5 card per pack, 2 PP cards per pack. Not counting other inserts, this works out as 1/33 of the standard set per pack and 1/25 of the PP set per pack. If anything, the way the ratios work out, the standard cards should be considered the insert..

Mike Trout listed with the Angels and pictured in Angels uniform. To me, and speculatively speaking in terms of the hobby future, this is(and will be considered) his "Rookie card". Anything after will possibly not ultimately be considered a rookie. That doesn't mean the other cards won't still be desirable or more desirable though..

Looking at Harper, most of his 2011 releases meet all of the same standards. Therefore, speculatively speaking, anything after 2011 will possibly not be considered a rookie card down the road...

This of course is part preference, and part opinion..

the 'stache
06-01-2013, 06:03 PM
Matt, for Harper, definitely his 2010 Bowman Chrome:


It's still fairly affordable. You can get it for $50-60 ungraded.

Trout, I like the 2010 Bowman Sterling, or this:


2011 Bowman Chrome. Get a refractor, you should be able to pick a nice one up for $30-40.

06-02-2013, 09:07 AM
You should consider a Machado rookie as well :)

06-07-2013, 01:30 PM
Matt why didn't you just talk to me about this. I'm pretty sure i have extras. i can bring them to ball for you don't buy any yet

Big Six
06-07-2013, 03:40 PM
Matt why didn't you just talk to me about this. I'm pretty sure i have extras. i can bring them to ball for you don't buy any yet

Sweet! Wil do...and thanks Jesse!

06-08-2013, 01:56 PM
http://caimages.collectors.com/psaimages/2133/21992687/2011%20Bowman%20Chrome%20Refractor%20Trout%2010.jp g