Typically I stay away from purchasing cards with the intent to flip them, but back in 2016 I read an article on Christian Yelich that inspired me to track down a few of his autographs:
2015 Museum Collection Archival Autographs #AA-CY
2015 Finest Autographs #FA-CY
2015 Gypsy Queen Autographs #GQA-CY
The article named him one of the most underrated players in the game. At the time, he was a twenty-four year old rising star who flirted with a .300 batting average and minor power. However most of the team's fanbase was focused on Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez.
Fast forward to 2018 and Yelich was one RBI and two home runs short of becoming the first National League batter to win the Triple Crown in eighty years.
This has started to draw some attention to his baseball cards, so I decided to dig through some boxes and pull these three autographs out and look up my COMC purchase history. Here's how much I invested:
Card #1: 2015 Museum Collection Archival Autographs #AA-CY $5.25
Card #2: 2015 Finest Autographs #FA-CY $4.38
Card #3: 2015 Gypsy Queen Autographs #GQA-CY $4.36
Currently all three of these autographs are selling in the $20 to $35 range. I'm sure the smart move is to either sell these now while he's in the playoff limelight.
That being said... I'm not in the hobby for investment purposes. I learned my lesson the hard way in the 90's.
These days... I'm a collector. Who knows? If Yelich continues to win batting titles, maybe one day I'll add him to the list of guys I actively collect. Until then, I'm content with sitting on these three signatures and this really cool rookie parallel:
2013 Bowman Chrome Mini Red Refractor #318
A few years ago, I picked up a 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini factory set from the wholesaler. Each set came with 30 colored refractors. At the time I didn't really know what I had... but after looking through the stack of refractors, Yelich was really the only player of note. He was also the only parallel I found numbered to ten:
What about you?
Have you ever read about or heard announcers talk about a young prospect... and then immediately go out and try to find some cards of that player?
Did it pan out?
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!