Thursday, March 21, 2013

2012 Panini USA Baseball National Team Jerseys Trea Turner Autograph

The NCAA basketball tourney is beginning this afternoon, but I am taking a little break to post my latest baseball card.  I am actually going to stick with the college sports theme of the day and post an autograph of a baseball player from my alma mater, and NCAA basketball participant, the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  While the Wolfpack have a nice history on the basketball court, they are trying to make a name for themselves on the diamond too.  Last year the team advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals where they battled SEC powerhouse Florida.  This year, they are ranked in the Top 20 and have some great talent that is worthy of your attention.

2012 Panini USA Baseball National Team Jerseys Trea Turner Autograph

One of my favorite players on the Pack baseball team during the past two seasons has been infielder Trea Turner.  Turner's main asset is his wheels.  In many ways he seems like the kind of player that would have fit in great on some of the Cardinals teams that I grew up watching in the mid 80s.  In fact, he led the ACC in steals last season with 57, just missing the conference record of 63 set by former UNC (and Orioles) second baseman Brian Roberts.  While he was stealing bases he also managed to hit .336 and was named to the Freshman All-American team by Baseball America.   

Now, I have actually been on the lookout for a Trea Turner autographed card to add to my collection since last fall.  At first there were a few autographs and they always ended quickly on Ebay, or they would be traded for something ridiculous in trade groups.  Look up completed listings on Ebay and you will see that they started out around ten dollars in January, then trickled into the mid teens, and last month around $20-$30.  This month the cards are crazy.  One had an asking price of $499 and it sold.  Hmm.  Maybe it has something to do with the fact that Turner is hitting .464 this season, or the fact that he hasn't been caught stealing yet either.  Anyway, if you see one at a reasonable price, this might be a good player to spend a little money on for the future.  

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