I am sad to say that today is the last day of the Baseball season. It has been nothing short of amazing this year, and it is bittersweet to see such a banner year come to a close. Although the season is ending, it is doing so with the Angels and Astros hoping to punch their ticket to the post season. With those two teams in the mix, so are Mike Trout and Carlos Correa, two players that collectors continue to chase with reckless abandon. If the Astros win, they are in, and if they lose, the Angels can get in with a win. Going to be crazy.
Mike Trout – MVP Candidate
If you have been paying attention to Trout’s cards over the last few months, they have not softened at all during another season where he is a guy that SHOULD win the MVP based on the advanced statistics. Trout’s hobby value should have already hit its ceiling having won the MVP last year, but it seems like his cards continue to go higher. He is one of those people that continues to amaze, and has a tremendous personality to go along with it. That is a recipe for continued value in this sport.
Topps has Trout locked up on an exclusive, and rightfully so. He is that generational player that manufacturers drool over. Any and every card featuring his autograph sells, regardless of what it looks like. He is great to work with, he signs his stuff, and he obviously charges an amount that works well for everyone involved. When you add in that any collector would fight and claw to get his cards, its crazy to think how valuable that is for a company like Topps.
Carlos Correa – ROY Candidate
I dont think many were expecting the Astros to compete the way they have. Not only are they one of those last to first stories this year, they have a core of young players who will make them competitive for years. Another recent Topps exclusive signed, Carlos Correa has taken the hobby world by storm in 2015. He is also someone I named the Hobby MVP and ROY as his meteoric rise has been nothing short of amazing. Not only is he a value position, but he seems to have all five tools in his back pocket.
Even though there is really only one Trout like player per generation, Correa is looking like there might be another in the works. Although he was the number one pick, many collectors were lukewarm on him at best for the first few years of his minor league career. The number two pick in Byron Buxton was getting all the attention, but Correa showed why he should have been the main focus as soon as he was called up.
Of all the rookie players potentially making an impact in the post season, I have to say that Correa’s cards should be the ones that move the most. If the Astros make it, and he plays well, look out. That should be pretty clear. Even better, if he doesnt play well, his cards wont likely drop that far. Its a no lose proposition.
I wish there was a way to get both of these guys into the post season. No doubt about it. With Harper likely a top MVP candidate, the baseball collecting world might be in the best spot it has been in for a very long time. There is a huge group of people who will argue that there are more fireworks on the way, especially with guys like Bryant, Schwarber, Sano and others all getting more reps next year to see what they really have. This is going to be a fun post season regardless. Stay tuned for a breakdown tomorrow of collectible names to chase.