The last several years have not exactly been the stuff of legend for the Houston Astros but the page is starting to turn. A complete rebuilding project is beginning to pay dividends and one of the players who is quietly becoming a star is a name collectors should get to know. Jose Altuve rookie cards are definitely worth watching.
The little second baseman from Venezuela already has two All-Star appearances to his credit at the age of 24. He became the first player in 80 years to have 130 hits and 40 stolen bases before the All-Star Game and the first in more than 90 years to steal two bases in four straight games. Altuve leads the Majors with 19 3+ hit performances this season.
He already owns more than 560 hits and could be on his way to the 3,000 club if he can continue on his current path. It’s a big ‘if’, of course, but consider that Altuve has more hits right now than Mike Trout, who is just a year younger and only a few less than Giancarlo Stanton, who is also 24. He’s long past the ‘fluke’ stage at this point. With over 2,000 plate appearances, he’s carrying a .298 career average.
Altuve’s first appearance in Topps products came in 2010 when he appeared on the Bowman checklist. While some of the lower serial numbered parallels have been on the rise, you can still find Refractor rookie cards numbered to 500 for well under $30 on eBay. Among those special parallels, recent sales have included the 2010 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor numbered to 25 at a best offer price of somewhere under $200 and a Gold parallel numbered to 50 for $98.
Altuve’s official rookie cards arrived in 2011 but the base issue from the Topps Update set remains well under $1 with gold versions bringing $1-$1.50 at most. Silver Sparkle variations trade in the range of $10-15. A Bowman Sterling PSA 10 sold this summer for just $24.95 while a Bowman Chrome Gold Refractor numbered to 50 sold for $69.
What are the most popular Jose Altuve rookie cards right now? Check out a real-time list of the ‘most watched’ on eBay below.