Nothing gets baseball fans more fired up than when the next “can’t miss" prospect is ascending in their favorite team’s farm system. Typically, for years before the player makes their MLB debut there are countless articles hyping them up as a transcendent talent capable of carrying the organization on their back for the next decade.
In the sports card market, prospecting is the number one challenge, but can be the most rewarding. However, investing in players who have never seen a major league at-bat can be risky. The massive hype that builds around these supposed “future stars” sets prices that have real life stats and accomplishments already baked-in. If the prospect makes it to the big show and doesn’t live up to that hype, the losses can be dramatic. However, if they live up to–or exceed their expectations–investors can cash in.
As an example, imagine if you were a big believer in Mike Trout before he took his first professional at-bat.
The list below breaks down my top 10 current prospects and young players whose cards you should be looking out for: