He came in with plenty of hype which is often hard to live up to but after one of the hottest rookie starts in recent memory, Joc Pederson cards are smoking.
His ‘official’ rookie cards are his 2015 issues but Pederson first appeared on 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, just after he was drafted by the Dodgers. As he made his way through the minors as an ‘elite’ prospect, Pederson was featured on sets such as Topps Pro Debut and Heritage Minors.
The 2012 Bowman Chrome autograph Pederson cards are the ones prospectors with a little more case to invest inevitably seek out. A standard Chrome auto numbered to 500 and graded 9.5 by Beckett Grading sold in early May on eBay for $450 while a Purple Refractor, numbered to 10, sold for $4,000 and a Gold Refractor, numbered to 50, brought $2,499. Each was graded 9.5 by BGS. Last Friday, an Orange Refractor, numbered to 25, sold for $4,000. In March, a Purple brought just over $2,000, meaning those who held them—and waited for the season to start—saw the value of their card skyrocket. Unfortunately, Pederson’s autograph is not a work of art but history shows hurried penmanship hasn’t hurt the value of many certified autographs of popular players very much.
Pederson saw his first MLB action last year as a September call-up, appearing in 18 games after a historic season with Triple-A Albuquerque, earning All-Star and MVP honors and posting just the fourth 30-homer/30-steal season in Pacific Coast League history. That fueled an already strong hobby buzz.
So far this year, Pederson has been in every Topps product including Series One, Heritage, Opening Day, Museum, Tribute and Gypsy Queen. His cards haven’t been embraced quite as heartily as those of Kris Bryant, but that could change if Pederson continues his torrid pace.