Jose Altuve Rookie Cards Ready to Break Out?

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.

Jose Altuve Rookie Card 20102 Bowman ChromeThe 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.

Silver Sparkle 2011 Topps Jose AltuveOther Refractor parallels fall in the middle of the latter two.  For low-budget investors, his base Prospects 2010 Bowman card can be purchased for around $2; sometimes less in quantity.

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.

2010 Topps Bowman Chrome Jose Altuve BLUE BORDER SUPER RARE #24/150
21 bids - Price: $40.00 - Watchers: 18
Item #291753325220
2010 Topps Bowman Chrome Jose Altuve Green Xfractor Rookie Card RARE
3 bids - Price: $3.25 - Watchers: 15
Item #301945722431
2 bids - Price: $3.84 - Watchers: 10
Item #201573497847
JOSE ALTUVE 2011 Bowman Sterling REFRACTOR /199 RC Rookie Card ASTROS
7 bids - Price: $6.00 - Watchers: 10
Item #301948654780
2011 Bowman Sterling Jose Altuve RC Astros
7 bids - Price: $6.06 - Watchers: 9
Item #252376565995
2011 Jose Altuve Bowman Sterling RC REFRACTOR /199 Card #15 Astros
11 bids - Price: $19.50 - Watchers: 7
Item #381623058988
2011 Bowman Sterling Jose Altuve RC Refractor #51/199
11 bids - Price: $32.00 - Watchers: 6
Item #222104315448
Jose Altuve 2011 Bowman chrome refractor rookie parallel.BV $12
2 bids - Price: $1.75 - Watchers: 5
Item #291755806978
2011 Bowman Chrome Jose Altuve Rookie Refractor SP #11 Gem Mint 10! ($50)
6 bids - Price: $3.75 - Watchers: 4
Item #331844086547
3 bids - Price: $2.69 - Watchers: 4
Item #301944921300
2 bids - Price: $1.75 - Watchers: 4
Item #172181128853
2011 Topps Update #us132 Jose Altuve ROOKIE RC Blue exclusive SHORTPRINT RARE
1 bids - Price: $7.00 - Watchers: 3
Item #152074083433