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What Sports Cards are Collectible? Who Should you Collect?

This past year, the market for sports cards has skyrocketed. This is not surprising. For example, Lebron James' logoman from the 2020–2021 Panini Flawless set just sold for $2.4 million. Who wouldn't want to obtain their favourite player's signature or other memorabilia? Sports cards range from high-end to low-end, making it a hobby for everyone! Now, here are some tips on how to make a profit when dealing with sports cards: 1 . Find Collectible Players Players with high collectibility appeal to and are valued by customers. The cards of players they know and like are the ones that they are most inclined to buy. The player: Is he a superstar? Are they well known? For instance, if they are a prominent social media influencer or manage a charity. The player is the most significant element. People are drawn to the top players who excel and draw attention to themselves. Would you rather have a Yoshi Tsutsugo trade card or a Wander Franco card? Many of us might not even be fami

How to Prospect Watch Baseball Cards - What to look for in a player?

Prospecting is a major aspect of the baseball card world. People are always looking for players that could be the next Mike Trout or Hall of Famer. Here are some tips that will save you time and money when prospecting! Age of the Player: Age is a major category that comes into play when scouting for the correct baseball card to buy. Collectors want the next Juan Soto or Ronald Acuna Jr., players who broke into the league at a very young age. For example, Juan Soto was just 19 when he made his MLB debut. The younger the player, the greater collectibility the player will receive. Remember, no one wants a rookie card of a 33-year-old player. Generally, a rule of thumb would be to collect rookies under the age of 24. Team Player Plays For : Team factors into the value of a card on the  market. What teams are non-baseball watchers most likely to know? Maybe the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, etc. Players on high-market teams are generally going to go for higher prices, due to the high number

MLB Game Recap: Mets at Marlins (6/26/22)

The Miami Marlins walk off the New York Mets, after a home run by Nick Fortes.  Batting : Garrett Cooper got Miami on the board early. The righty hit a sacrifice fly to left field, driving in John Berti. Miami led 1-0 after the first inning. Brandon Nimmo tied the game during the top of the third inning. He hit his fifth home run of the year to centre field. While teammate Pete Alonso got the Mets the lead by doubling to bring in Starling Marte in the same inning, Miguel Rojas tied the game in the bottom of the third for Miami. He launched his sixth home run of the season to deep centre field. The Marlins and Mets were deadlocked heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Nick Fortes would be the hero for the Miami Marlins. The young catcher launched his third career home run to left field, sending the fans and Marlins home with a 3-2 win. Pitching : Daniel Castano got the ball for the Miami Marlins. The Orlando, Florida native pitched seven innings of work, allowing just five hit

MLB Game Recap: Pirates at Rays (6/25/22)

 The Tampa Bay Rays narrowly edge the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-5 today.  Batting : Vidal Brujan singled to centre field in the first inning, driving in two runs. Randy Arozarena and Taylor Wells. Tampa Bay took an early 2-0 lead. Pittsburgh's Diego Castillo cut the lead in half when he homered during the third inning. Castillo's seventh home run of the season was followed by Bryan Reynolds's RBI single. Michael Perez scored to tie the game. Randy Arozarena gave the Rays the lead again after he doubled to center, driving in Josh Lowe.  Rookie Jack Suwinski hit his 12th home run of the game. His three-run home run to left field drove in Bligh Madris and Daniel Vogelbach. Pittsburgh took a 6-3 lead going into the seventh. Isaac Parades hit his tenth home run for the Rays. His solo home run cut the deficit to two. In the ninth, Parades would walk Tampa off. His single to right field drove in Brujan and Choi, giving Tampa the lead and the win. Pitching : Veteran Corey Kluber go

Topps Bunt Release: 2022 Gypsy Queen Digital Series 1

Gypsy Queen (Series 1): Collect major stars, rookies, prospects, and more! The latest collection of Topps Gypsy Queen has been added to the Topps Bunt Digital Trading Card App. The set features similar inserts and is parallel to the physical GQ release.  Remember to collect new players and up-and-coming players for weekly Bunt contests!  Boosts : Uncommon: 2.2x Rare: 2.7x Super Rare: 3.2x Iconic: 3.7x Legendary: 4.2x Act fast before all cards sell out on July 15th, at 1:00 PM ET. Cost :  Standard Packs (odds: 2 guaranteed uncommon, 1:5 rare, 1:40 super rare, 1:400 iconic) - 5000 coins Super Packs (odds: 8 guaranteed uncommon, 3 guaranteed rare, 1:2 super rare, 1:12 iconic, 1:125 legendary) - 600 diamonds Event Packs (complete a three step event for a pack of uncommons) Set Variations  (see full-checklist on Topps Bunt App): Base Set - Uncommon (149 card set + Justin VerlanderAward) Jackie Robinson Day Base Variation - Uncommon *Event Exclusive* (29 card set + Mookie Betts Award) Blue

Boston Calls up Top Prospect Jeter Downs

Boston Red Sox prospect Jeter Downs has been called to the major leagues today. Downs, a middle infielder, has been playing for AAA Worcester this season. The youngster was drafted 32nd overall by the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. He would then be shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers and again to the Red Sox in the Mookie Betts trade. This season Jeter has been having a rough offensive season. In 53 games, the second basemen is batting .180, although he has 11 home runs. The Red Sox require second base reinforcements due to the injuries to Christian Arroyo and Kike Hernandez. Downs will likely be sent back down to AAA once Arroyo and Hernandez are healthy. Downs is currently ranked as the fifth-best prospect in Boston's farm pool. Achievement of his includes representing the American League during the 2021 MLB Futures Game. To correspond with this transaction, Boston designated James Norwood for assignment. Jeter is slated to get his first MLB action soon.

MLB Game Recap: Cardinals at Red Sox (6/19/22)

Nick Pivetta leads Boston to a series win against St. Louis. Batting : Trevor Story started the scoring during the second inning. He blasted his tenth home run of the season. Boston took an early lead. Harrison Bader responded, and he singled to left field. St.Louis' Tyler O'Neill scored on the play to tie the game. Jackie Bradley Jr. singled to shallow center field, driving in Alex Verdugo. Boston took a 2-1 lead after five. Rob Refsnyder added to the BoSox lead, driving in Christian Vazquez. While Vazquez would hit a three-run home run in the following inning. Boston took a 6-1 lead going into the top of the ninth. Juan Yepez wouldn't take no for an answer. The Cardinal hit a three-run home run, narrowing a deficit to two. Pitching : Nick Pivetta started for Boston. He completed seven innings of work. The Canadien racked up ten strikeouts while allowing one run off of four hits. He handed the baton to John Schreiber, who pitched a scoreless eighth. Tyler Danish started th

MLB Game Recap: Yankees at Blue Jays (6/18/22)

Jameson Taillon pitched five plus scoreless innings, leading the Yankees over divisional rival Blue Jays. Batting : Aaron Hicks opened the scoring for New York, doubling to right field. He would bring in Kiner-Falefa, Torres, and Rizzo, giving NY a 3-0 lead after four innings. Isiah Kiner-Falefa would add an insurance run during the sixth inning. He hit his 11th double of the season, driving in Gleyber Torres. Toronto was held to just five hits compared to eight for the Bronx Bombers. Pitching : Alek Manoah got the ball for the home team Blue Jays. He wouldn't be his best today, pitching in 5.1 innings of work. He allowed four runs off of six hits and struck out five. Manoah currently has an 8-2 record and a 2.00 ERA after his start. Jays' relievers David Phelps, Tim Mayza, and Trent Thornton; were all solid. They each pitched scoreless relief outings. Jameson Taillon was great for the visiting Yankees. The thirty-year-old allowed just four hits in 5.2 innings. He would record

MLB Game Recap: Marlins at Mets (6/18/22)

Walker and the New York Mets narrowly defeat the Miami Marlins. Batting : Jeff McNeil got New York on the board first after hitting a single to right field, scoring J.D. Davis and Mark Canha. Francisco Lindor added to the Mets' lead during the third inning. His 11th home run of the year, driving in Starling Marte, gave New York a 3-0 lead. Miami would respond during the seventh inning. Avisail Garcia would hit a double to deep center field, driving in Jazz Chisholm Jr. Narrowly, the New York led to two. The Marlins would apply pressure during the ninth inning in desperation. Jon Berti would single to the right field. He then stole second and advanced to third. Garrett Cooper would single to shallow centerfield to drive in Berti. Miami was unable to score more and ended up losing 3-2. Pitching : Taijuan Walker got the start for the New York Mets. The veteran pitched 6.2 innings, allowing just one run. Walker's line includes just two hits and nine strikeouts. The 29-year-old rece

MLB Recap: June 17, 2022

Game Recap : The New York Yankees blew out the Toronto Blue Jays, 12-3. Jordan Montgomery through six innings, allowing two runs for the Bronx Bombers. Anthony Rizzo exploded for four RBIs and one home run. Note for the Jays, rookie catcher Gabriel Moreno went 3/4 with two runs-batted-in. The Phillies and Nationals played a two-game doubleheader. During the first game, Philly edged Washington, 5-3. Middle-men Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos both had big games. Harper went 3/4 with a walk, while Castellanos went 2/4 with two RBIs. Nats' starter Joan Adon picked up his 11th loss of the season. Game 2 saw Philadelphia again edging Washington, this time 8-7 during extra innings. J.T. Realmuto's single drove in Rhys Hoskins and Kyle Schwarber during the top of the 10th inning. Reliever Jose Alvarado picked up his first win of the season. A low-scoring affair ended in a 1-0 Chicago Cubs win over the Atlanta Braves. Cubs' starter Keegan Thompson pitched six scoreless innings giv

MLB Game Recap: A's at Guardians (6/12/22)

The Cleveland Guardians have defeated Oakland, 6-3 today. The Guardians now sit in second in the Central Division, while Oakland sits in last. Batting : Ramon Laureano got Oakland on the board early, blasting a solo home run to left field. Ramon's second home run of the season gave the Athletics' an early 1-0 lead. Jose Ramirez would tie the game right back up the following inning. He would double and bring in Amed Rosario and Myles Straw. Owen Miller would drive in Ramirez later with a single to center field. Cleveland took a 3-1 lead after the first inning. Amed Rosario would add to Cleveland's lead, doubling and driving in Myles Straw. Josh Naylor would single-driving in Rosario during the sixth inning. During the seventh, Jose Ramirez would drive in catcher Austin Hedges after reaching on an error. Cleveland took a 6-1 lead going into the eighth. Oakland's Christian Bethancourt and Seth Brown would both hit solo home runs narrowing the lead. Pitching : Cal Quantrill

MLB Game Recap: Rays at Twins (6/11/22)

The Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins have played game two of a three-game series earlier today. Last night the Twins defeated the Rays 9-4. Tampa sits in a wild-card spot, while Minnesota leads the central division.  (yesterday's game) Batting : Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena started the first inning off by hitting singles. Both would later be driven in by Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz hits. Tampa Bay took an early 2-0 lead. Minnesota would respond during the third inning. Luis Arraez hit his third home run of the season, driving in Ryan Jeffers, Nick Gordan, and Gilberto Celestino. Later in the inning, Jose Miranda would drive in Jorge Polanco with a double. Minnesota took a 5-3 lead after three innings of play. Tampa Bay would narrow the lead during the top of the sixth inning. Harold Ramirez would single-driving in rookie Taylor Walls.  Jorge Polanco would restore Minnesota's two-run lead by driving in Ryan Jeffers during the bottom of the sixth inning. Minnesota led 6-4 g

MLB Game Recap: Reds at Cardinals (6/11/22)

The St. Louis Cardinals have won 5-4 over the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati’s Hunter Greene was phenomenal today, the rookie pitched five strong innings. Ultimately, St. Louis walked the game off during the bottom of the ninth.  (yesterday's game) Batting : Tommy Pham got the Reds on the board by driving in Brandon Drury and Chris Okey, Pham hit a double to deep left field. Later in the inning, Kyle Farmer would single to left field driving in Pham. The Reds took a 3-0 lead after three innings.  During the sixth inning, Tyler O’Neil would narrow the gap for the Cardinals, hitting a sacrifice fly and driving in Tommy Edman. Reds’ second baseman Alejo Lopez would restore the three-run lead during the eighth inning. He hit a single to right field, driving in Kyle Farmer Tyler O'Neill cut the deficit to one during the eighth inning, he doubled driving in Nolan Arenado and Nolan Gorman. During the bottom of the ninth Tommy Edman hit a two-run home run walking off the game. He drove in

Who is Leading Boston's Winning Streak?

Boston is currently one of the hottest teams in baseball. Boston has won six straight games they clash against the LA Angels tonight. Including winning eight out of their last ten games. The BoSox is currently in the midst of a tough Western road trip. So far, they have come out with six wins in six games, including sweeping Oakland and beating The Angels three times. Boston started the road trip with a losing record, although now having a .526 winning percentage and is sitting in a wild-card position. Why is Boston winning? The Sox have had stellar pitching over the last stretch. They have only allowed ten runs since May 31, a span of eight games. Including three shutouts, two against Los Angeles and once against Oakland. Michael Wacha pitched a three-hit shutout on June 6th. Although Boston hasn't overused their bullpen over the past week, they have shown solid outings too. Sox's relievers have only allowed one run and two hits in the past three games. The bats have also come

MLB Game Recap: Blue Jays at Royals (6/8/22)

 The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals completed game three earlier today at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Jays came in hot, defeating the Royals in the previous two games. Batting : During the bottom of the first inning, Andrew Benintendi and rookie Bobby Witt Jr. drew walks. MJ Melendez would then drive in Benintendi by hitting a double to shallow left field, also advancing Witt Jr. to third. Emmanuel Rivera would single to centerfield, bringing in two more runs, giving Kansas City an early 3-0 lead. Toronto's Raimel Tapia would cut the lead down during the second inning. He hit a solo home run. Zack Collins would hit a solo home run while Guerrero Jr. grounded out, driving in Biggio to tie the game for Toronto. During the bottom of the fourth inning, Salvy Perez would single to drive in a run, while Melendez would reach on an error to bring in another run. The Royals led 5-3 after four innings. Following Michael A. Taylor would double driving in Carlos Santana, who

MLB Game Recap: Red Sox at Athletics (6/5/22)

 The Boston Red Sox and Oakland Athletics cap off a three-game series today, Boston previously took the first two games outscoring Oakland 15-2. Batting : Boston's Jarren Duran and Kike Hernandez started the game by hitting singles to put runners on base. Rafael Devers would single to left field, driving in Duran and giving Boston a 1-0 lead. Not long after, Oakland would respond to tie the game. Chad Pinder doubled to left field, while Ramon Laureano doubled to right field, scoring Pinder. During the top of the sixth inning, Red Soxs' right-fielder Franchy Cordero hit a three-run home run, driving in Bogaerts and Devers. Boston took a 4-1 lead.  Rafael Devers would add an insurance run hitting a solo home run barely over the left field wall. Boston leads 5-1 after eight innings. The Athletics would try to spark a comeback during the ninth inning catcher Christian Bethancourt hit a double to deep right field. He would later be driven in by an RBI single from Tony Kemp. Unfortun

MLB Game Recap: Twins at Blue Jays (6/4/22)

 The Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays played game two of a three-game set. Previously Minnesota took game one by a score of 9-3. Both the Blue Jays and Twins currently sit in playoff positions.                                                                                                  (Game 1) Batting : Jorge Polanco got Minnesota on the board first hitting, a two-run home run off former teammate Jose Berrios. Polanco drove in Luis Arraez, who singled to start the game. Bo Bichette cut the lead in half during the bottom of the first inning by hitting a solo shot off Twins' starter Dylan Bundy. The Blue Jays would then take the lead in the second after Cavan Biggio doubled to drive in Alejandro Kirk, George Springer singled, driving in Lourdes Gurriel Jr., and Cavan Biggio scored on a Jermaine Palacios fielding error. The Jays took a 4-2 lead after two. Alejandro Kirk and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. would add insurance runs by hitting two-run home runs in the third and fourth in

MLB Game Recap: Red Sox at Athletics (6/4/22)

The Boston Red Sox head into game two of a three-game set after taking game one 7-2. Both teams came into the game with losing records, hoping to gain some momentum to make a playoff push. The visiting Red Sox sends Canadian Nick Pivetta to the pound, while Oakland sends Paul Blackburn. Batting :  Trevor Story led off the third inning with a double to deep left field, followed by a walk to Franchy Cordero. Ninth hitter Christan Vazquez drove in Story by hitting a double to left field. Later in the inning superstar, Rafael Devers singled to centerfield, driving in Cordero and Vazquez. The Red Sox took a 3-0 after three innings. In the following inning, Alex Verdugo would drive in Xander Bogaerts to give the BoSox a 4-0 lead. The Red Sox would explode during the eighth inning, driving four more runs to make the game 8-0. Verdugo singled to drive in J.D. Martinez, Story doubled to drive in Bogaerts, while Cordero singled driving in Verdugo. The A's were held scoreless throughout the g

Reviewing Boston's Top Prospects - Marcelo Mayer and Triston Casas

Marcelo Mayer was drafted fourth-overall during the 2021 MLB Draft. The Red Sox quickly signed the shortstop to a $6.64 signing bonus, and Mayer would report to the Red Sox rookie camp team. Mayer, born in 2002, was drafted out of Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, California. He has smooth actions and quick hands and always impacts the game. In 2021 Mayer played for the Sox's Rookie Team, playing 26 games. During his time, he hit three home runs and had a .275 batting average. Mayer was playing against talent an average of two years older than him. This season Mayer is currently playing for Single-A Salem as just a 19-year-old! He has 14 runs-batted-in and is batting .333. Mayer is ranked as the #1 prospect in Boston's prospect pool, according to Triston Casas is the #2 prospect in the Boston Red Sox's prospect pool. The lengthy infielder was drafted in the first round of the 2018 MLB draft, 26th overall by the Sox. Casas is 6'4'', 252 pounds, and is

2022 Topps Series 2 - THE TOP ROOKIE CARDS

The iconic flagship Topps set resumes as Series 2 will be released on June 8th. The set consists of 330 base cards with numerous new rookie cards. Collectors can collect an array of autographs, memorabilia, and serial numbered cards; within the release. Most importantly, collectors can search for the first rookie cards of many new players! Notable Rookies : #367 - Wander Franco - Tampa Bay Rays: Yes, Wander has a second flagship rookie card in the Topps set. Like fellow Rays teammate Randy Arozarena, Franco will have a rookie card in series 1 and 2. Wander has impressed this season, although currently injured. This season with four home runs, he is also batting .270. #390 - Joe Ryan - Minnesota Twins: Ryan is a pitcher currently playing for the Minnesota Twins. Previously, he was a top prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization before being traded in the Nelson Cruz deal. Ryan played for Team USA during the past Olympics. This season he is currently 5-2 and has a 2.28 ERA (with Minn