He’s part of a seemingly endless line of outstanding young players to come through the Houston Astros system over the last few years. Seeing him enthusiastically embrace his time on the biggest stage of all has collectors taking a long look at George Springer rookie cards.
Springer was first drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 2008, but he declined to sign a professional contract and instead decided to attend the University of Connecticut. In 2011, the Astros chose him with the 11th pick of the first round.
The native of New Britain, CT made his MLB debut on April 16, 2014, finishing the season eighth in Rookie of the Year voting with 20 home runs. He continued to improve his performance totaling 29 home runs in 2016 and 34 in 2017 as the Astros’ young talent began manifesting itself with post-season appearances. In 2017 he was voted into his first All Star game as the starting right fielder for the American League.
George Springer Prospect Cards
Springer’s earliest cards were produced in 2010, before he was even drafted. He was included in both 2010 Bowman Platinum and 2010 Bowman Sterling, as well as the 2010 USA Baseball product produced by Topps. It was in these earliest issues that his first autograph and memorabilia cards were produced.
Thus far Springer’s most desirable and valuable cards come from the sets issued following the 2011 draft,when he appeared again in Bowman Sterling as well as Donruss Elite Extra Edition, Playoff Contenders, and Leaf Metal Draft. His cards in 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft are the most popular with collectors and by the start of the 2017 World Series several high-grade examples of his Gold (#’d to 50), Orange (#’d to 25), and Purple (#’d to 10) were all selling for four-figure prices.
Springer made his professional debut in the early part of the 2014 season, which led to his inclusion in several sets that year. His most popular rookie cards include Topps Update, Bowman Chrome, Bowman Sterling, Topps Chrome, Topps Supreme and Panini National Treasures including the many serial-numbered parallels.
More than 300 different autograph cards were issued of Springer in his rookie year along with more than 100 memorabilia cards. While not as valuable as his 2011 prospect cards, by the start of the 2017 World Series some of his rookie year autographs have increased in value towards the $100 range.
Here is a look at some of the hottest George Spring baseball cards on eBay.