2011 Topps USA Baseball Michael Wacha Triple Relic Autograph
The Cardinals made Michael Wacha their first round pick in last summer's amateur draft. I remember searching my favorite card sites after the end of the first round for signs of Wacha cards. I found that he appeared in several of the USA Baseball products, but also found that the cards were selling north of $30. I found several that were available in trades, but the asking price was often steep for a player that just graduated college.
Now, I understand Wacha has been a fast mover through the Cardinals system and that Cardinals collectors can be, at times, a little overboard about picking up cards. I remember the J.D. Drew craze in 1998. However, with a little patience, and Leaf flooding the market with non-licensed/unattractive autographs, the market on Wacha cards has greatly turned for the positive. If you're buying. Most of these cards are now selling around $10 and can be easily picked up in trades with collectors for say a Adam LaRoche and Sean Burnett autograph. Not bad at all.