<b>Major League Baseball & ThePit.com form new partnership.</b>
Press Release (January 10, 2007). Today, Major League Baseball and NAXCOM.com/ThePit.com "Sportscard Marketplaces" formed a partnership in which the bulk of ThePit.com baseball card inventory will be placed for sale on the MLB.com Marketplace.
"This is a great opportunity for ThePit.com and all of the Baseball Cards listed in ThePit.com Marketplace," said Eric Beckerman - CEO of NAXCOM/ThePit. "Because ThePit.com focuses on having large quantities of the top Rookie Cards of the top stars and prospects, we were a perfect fit for the MLB.com Marketplace," Beckerman continued.
ThePit.com now has a little over 10% of its Baseball Card inventory listed on MLB.com with much more to be added in the near future. "We are very excited about what this MLB partnership will do for sales of ThePit.com Baseball Card products. NAXCOM will also receive some extra brand exposure as well, so it's a win-win for us." commented Bill Elder - VP of Marketing for NAXCOM/ThePit. "When we acquired ThePit.com from the Topps Company, we knew that we had to add more sales venues to get this incredible inventory in front of more collectors," continued Elder. "This relationship with MLB.com will be a big step in the right direction."
In its first few days, ThePit.com has already seen an increase in its baseball card sales. As more items from ThePit.com are added to MLB.com, and especially as Baseball Season gets closer, those that use ThePit.com are bound to see their baseball card portfolio increase significantly.
"Because there are so many baseball fans on the MLB.com site and because ThePit.com bulk inventory is so unique, the demand for ThePit items will grow substantially. This will not only create more liquidity, but will also increase the values of the baseball cards available on ThePit," said Kevin Klein - Business Development for NAXCOM/ThePit.
About NAXCOM.com & ThePit.com
NAXCOM.com - Established in 2002, the NAXCOM Marketplace offers over 7.5mm User Listings with users buying and selling with each other and NAXCOM acting as a third-party intermediary for payments. This exclusive Buyer Protection System has allowed the NAXCOM Marketplace to have nearly 2mm items sell with buyers always receiving their item or their money back.
ThePit.com - Acquired by NAXCOM.com from the Topps Company in 2006. Users Buy & Sell today's top sports stars and prospects and their best Rookie Card(s) in bulk with the option to not take possession...just like the stock market.
Click here to view all the NAXCOM/Pit items on the MLB Marketplace.
. Media Contact: Bill Elder (310) 568-8825 ext.104.
At approximately 2pm PDT/5pm EST, NAXCOM/ThePit.com will release the details of the new partnership.
Many new upgrades and features are scheduled for the New Year and this partnership that will be one of many new advancements for ThePit.com.
One of the main focuses of ThePit will be to increase liquidity. The company will therefore look at ways of getting ThePit.com inventory available on as many different outlets as possible. While this first partnership will be one of the most significant, it will in no way be the last.
As the New Year begins, we would like to thank all of our users for their support during our 1st year of ownership of ThePit.com. While a lot of changes were made in '06, which helped ThePit grow substantially compared to the last few years, a lot more enhancements & upgrades are scheduled for '07. This includes a very significant partnership that will be announced.
Denver Rookie Quarterback Jay Cutler along with Rookie Running Backs Joseph Addai (Colts) & Jerious Norwood (Falcons) Topps Chrome Autographed Rookies have been added to ThePit.
Ladainian Tomlinson continues to break NFL Records & his Rookie Cards continue to break new 52-week highs. Tomlinson's Finest PSA 10 hit a new 52-week high of $253 & is now up 178% from $91 only a few months before.
The Devin Hester Topps Chrome Autographed Rookie Card has now been added to ThePit.com. One of the leading candidates along side Vince Young & Reggie Bush for Rookie of the Year exploded in Prime Time on Monday night with 2 returns for TD's, setting an NFL record with his 6th return for a TD. *Please note there will be a 5-day No Shipping Request on this item.
Drew Brees PSA 10 Finest is now Up 85% after his 5 TD's, 384y on Sunday night in Dallas. Ladainian Tomlinson also continued to hit new highs with his finest PSA 10 doubling in price to $180 from $90 two months ago. Recently added Maurice Drew Topps Chrome rose after his 166y, 2 TD performance, while Rookies Vince Young & Matt Leinart continue to go up after leading their teams to big winsLast week 30 Items were added including;
Last week 30 Items were added including;
Marian Hossa 1997-98 Upper Deck Rookie Card
Scott Niedermayer 1990-91 Upper Deck Rookie Card
Henrik Zetterbert Upper Deck Young Guns Autographed Rookie Card
Ilya Kovalchuk Topps Chrome Rookie Card
Joe Thornton 1996-97 Upper Deck Rookie Card
Paul Kariya 1992-93 Upper Deck Rookie Card
Eric Staal 2003-04 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Card
Yao Ming Topps Chrome Rookie Card
Boris Diaw SPx Autograph/Jersey Rookie Card
Delonte West SPx Autograph/Jersey Rookie Card
Emeka Okafor Bowman Autograph Rookie Card
Shawn Marion SPx Autographed Rookie Card
Chris Duhon SP Authentic Autograph Rookie Card
Jamal Lewis SPx Autograph Jersey Rookie Card
Mark Bradley SPx Autograph Jersey Rookie Card
Vincent LeCavalier '1997-98 Upper Deck Rookie Card
Roberto Luongo 1997-98 Zenieth Rookie Card
Teemu Selanne 1991-92 Upper Deck Rookie Card.
Jarome Iginla 1994-95 SP Premier Prospects Rookie Card
Alexander Frolov 2002-03 SP Authentic Autograph Rookie Card
Jonathan CheeChoo 1998-99 OPC Chrome Rookie Card
Joe Sakic 1989-90 Topps Rookie Card
Simon Gagne 1997-98 Upper Deck Rookie Card.
Marques Colston 2006 Bowman Chrome Rookie Card.
Maurice Drew 2006 Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Zach Randolph 2001-02 Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Michael Redd 2000-01 SPx /1999 Rookie Card.
Peter Forsberg 1991-92 Upper Deck Rookie Card
Markus Naslund 1992-93 Upper Deck Rookie Card.
Mike Modano 1990-91 OPC Premier.
Reggie Bush's Upper Deck Rookie Premiere RC PSA 10 saw huge numbers, transacting over 50 times on Sunday and rising from $7.50 to over $12.00 each. Also, Jay Cutler's Chrome Rookie continued to climb despite a close loss against the reigning NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks.
On Thursday, Tony Romo continued his stellar play throwing for 5 TD passes. His Chrome RC jumped $37 to a new high of $79. Also, Jay Cutler's Chrome Rookie jumped 108% to $13.50 after it was speculated that he would get the start for Denver next week. Two other Rookies, Joseph Addai's Chrome Rookie has now jumped over 150% to $9.85 after his very impressive 4 TD's on Sunday night while Vince Young's Chrome jumped 60% after he led the Titans to a big comeback win vs the Giants.
This Sunday, Dodger Rookies - Andre Ethier & James Loney will be signing autographs at the NAXCOM Show. Wholesale Bulk & individual Mail Order is available for those unable to attend. Click Here for more information about the upcoming NAXCOM Events or contact the NAXCOM Trade Show Department at 310.568.8825 x102 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following S/H fees have been made to the site.
Base & Insurance costs remain the same. The additional cost per card has now been changed to the following:
Ungraded Cards: Was .35/card. New S/H fees .15/card
Uncirculated Cards: Was .35/card. New S/H fees .50/card
*Graded Cards: Remains the same .35/card
*Overnight Delivery Requests will remain an additional .05/card
After another successful start Tony Roomo's cards on ThePit continue to hit new 52-week Highs. Romo's Chrome Uncirculated Rookie is now up well over 10,000% after a low of .20 only a few months ago to a new high of $28.
ThePit has added a new feature that allows users to drop ship their items they own on ThePit to another address.
This new feature allows users to sell their item(s) on their own site, their NAXCOM VIP Storefront or any other marketplace they sell on. Then when the item sells, users can request that the shipment be sent directly to their buyers (US Only).
The normal S/H fees will still be applied. Users can request items to be dropped shipped when they request shipping on cards in their account. A choice is now given to ship the item to the address on file or for the item to be drop shipped to another location.
If you have any questions about this new feature a new thread has been posted on ThePit Message Board.
Over 300 items have been added to ThePit since NAXCOM acquired ThePit from the Topps Company. The 10 Newest IPO's (Initial Player Offerings) that were added include;
Derek Jeter 1993 Upper Deck Rookie Card.
Neil Walker Bowman Chrome DP Autograph Rookie.
Adam Lind Bowman Chrome DP Rookie Card.
Eric Patterson Upper Deck USA Rookie.
Reggie Brown 2005 Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Mike Napoli Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Chad Jackson Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Sinorice Moss Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Leon Washington Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Bruce Gradkowski Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
The first batch of 150 Reggie Bush Autographed Draft Day Jersey PSA Items sold out in a little over a week. Only 249 of these are being made and the second batch of 50 has just been put up for sale. Click Here to view Reggie Bush PSA Auto Draft Day Jsy /249.
10 New IPO's (Initial Player Offerings) now making their debut on ThePit include.
Justin Upton Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie.
Wes Bankston Bow Chrome DP Rookie.
Sean Gallagher SP Prospects Rookie Card.
Tyler Clippard Topps Heritage Rookie Card.
Brandon Jacobs Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jerious Norwood Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Mario Williams Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Santonio Holmes Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jerome Harrison Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Vernon Davis Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
With the start of the NFL season, 60 new football IPO's have been added for trading in bulk on ThePit including;
Carson Palmer Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Matt Leinart Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Reggie Bush Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Vince Young Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Steve Smith Bowman Chrome Refractor Rookie Card.
Willie Parker Leaf Rookies & Stars RC.
Tiki Barber SP Authentic Rookie Card.
Tedy Bruschi Bowman's Best Rookie Card.
Larry Johnson Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Charlie Frye SPx Auto/Jsy Rookie Card.
Eli Manning Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jay Cutler Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jason Campbell SPx Auto/Jsey RC.
Chad Pennington SPx Auto/Jsey RC.
Reuben Droughns SPx Auto/Jsey RC.
Lee Evans SPx Auto/Jsey RC.
Frank Gore SPx Auto/Jsey RC.
Marc Bulger Bowman Chrome Rookie Card.
Tony Gonzalez SP Authentic Rookie Card.
Ray Lewis Bowman's Best Rookie Card.
Carson Palmer Topps Rookie Card.
Reggie Bush Topps Rookie Card.
Charlie Frye Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Roy Williams Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Wali Lundy Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Greg Jennings Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Darrell Jackson Playoff Contenders Auto RC.
Dominick Rhodes SPx Rookie Card.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh Bowman Chrome Refractor RC.
Peerless Price SPx Auto Rookie Card.
Steven Jackson Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Troy Williamson Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Laurence Maroney Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
LenDale White Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Kellen Clemens Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Eli Manning Topps Rookie Card.
Vince Young Topps Rookie Card.
Isaac Bruce Bowman Rookie Card.
Mike Alstott SP Authentic Rookie Card.
Andrew Walter SPx Autograph Jersey Rookie Card.
DeAngelo Williams Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jake Delhomme Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jason Campbell Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
A.J. Hawk Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Matt Leinart Topps Rookie Card.
Kyle Orton SPx Autograph/Jersey Rookie Card.
Rashaun Woods SPx Autograph/Jersey RC.
Alex Smith SPx Auto/Jsy #'d 250 RC.
Mike Williams Topps DPP Rookie.
Jamal Lewis Upper Deck Rookie Card.
Cedric Benson Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Frank Gore Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Joseph Addai Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Marion Barber Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Anquan Boldin Topps Chrome Rookie Card.
Jay Cutler Topps Rookie Card.
Larry Johnson Topps Rookie Card.
Plaxico Burress Upper Deck Rookie Card.
Ryan Moats SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie Card.
Champ Bailey SPx Autographed Rookie Card.
10 IPO's added to ThePit.com for the previous week included;
Andre Ethier Topps Chrome Autograph Rookie.
James Loney '02 Bow. Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Matt Tuiasosopo Bow. Sterling Auto Rookie.
Ryan Braun Bow. Chrome Draft Picks Autograph Rookie.
Scott Elbert '04 Bow. Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Mark Rogers '04 Bow. Chrome DP Autograph Rookie.
Jermaine Dye '94 Bowman Rookie.
Jose Tabata '06 Bow. Chrome Prospects Rookie.
Elvis Andrus '06 Bow. Chrome Prospects Rookie.
Carlos Gomez Bowman Chrome Prospects Rookie.
Here are the official results of the top 10 buyers along with the items they won from the 3-Day Special Football Season Opener Event on ThePit.com.
1. Mark Roberts
2. Dennis Leva
3. Mark Humphries
4. Matthew Corin
5. Steve Glueckert
6. Raymond Brody
7. Jason Joseph
8. Carl Gerjes
9. William Edwards
10. Kyle Rochelle
1st Place: 3-Color Jersey/Swatch Reggie Bush Autographed Draft Day (PSA) (Value: $350.00)
2nd Place: Matt Leinart Autographed Draft Day Jersey/Swatch (PSA) (Value: $150.00)
3rd Place: Peyton Manning 1998 Bowman Chrome BGS 9.5 (Value: $100.00)
4th: Eli Manning 2004 Bowman Uncirculated (Value: $45.00)
5th: Shaun Alexander 2000 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects PSA 9 (Value: $40.00)
6th: Larry Johnson 2003 Bowman Uncirculated Rookie (Value: $35.00)
7th: Ben Roethlisberger 2004 Upper Deck Rookie Premiere BGS 9.5 (Value: $25.00)
8th: Reggie Bush Upper Deck Rookie Premiere PSA 10 (Value: $20.00)
9th: Clinton Portis 2002 Bowman Uncirculated Rookie (Value: $17.50)
10th: Carnell "Cadillac" Williams Topps Chrome Rookie (Value: $12.50)
The Matt Leinart Draft Day Autographed Jersey /249 made its grand debut on ThePit.com and NAXCOM. Click Here To View the Matt Leinart Autographed Draft Day Jersey.
Changes In Fees Have Now Gone Into Effect!
When NAXCOM acquired ThePit.com from the Topps Company, one of the issues that NAXCOM repeatedly heard from Pit Users were the fees needed to be adjusted on the deposit fees and the lower to mid priced transactions. Beginning on 8/22 at 12pm (PDT) the following new fees will be implemented.
All Deposit Fees (Currently 2%) when making a purchase and funding an account will be eliminated. Fees on Buying, Selling From In Account and Selling Not In Account (SNIA) will be reduced by as much as 12% on transactions below $20.00. Buying Fees under $75 will be reduced up to 2%. To compensate for all of the lower fees, seller fees from in account will be raised between ½% & 2% on sales over $25 and fees from Selling not in account will be raised between ½% to 2.5% on transactions over $20. (See Below)
Deposit Fees – Eliminated (Was 2%)
Below $2.00 New Fee $0.35 Was 25% (.01 - $.50) plus 2% Deposit (.01 - .04)
$ 2.00 - $ 4.99 New Fee $0.55 Was 25% (.50 - $1.25) plus 2% Deposit (.04 - .10)
$ 5.00 - $ 9.99 New Fee $0.75 Was 25% ($1.25 - $1.50) plus 2% Deposit (.10 - .20)
$ 10.00 - $ 19.99 New Fee $0.95 Was $1.50 plus 2% Deposit Fees (.20 - .40)
$ 20.00 - $ 34.99 New Fee $1.15 Was $1.50 plus 2% Deposit Fees (.40 - .70)
$ 35.00 - $ 54.99 New Fee $1.35 Was $1.50 plus 2% Deposit Fees (.70 - 1.10)
$ 55.00 - $ 74.99 New Fee $1.50 Was $1.50 plus 2% Deposit Fees ($1.10 - $1.50)
$75 or more New Fee 2% Was 2% plus 2% Deposit Fees
Sell From Account
Below $5.00 New Fee $0.45 (max 25%) Was 25% (A $4.50 Sale was $1.13, will now be $0.45)
$ 5.00 $ - 7.49 New Fee $0.65 Was $1.25 to $1.50 (20% - 25%)
$ 7.50 $ - 12.99 New Fee $0.85 Was $1.50 (12% - 20%)
$ 13.00 $ - 19.99 New Fee 6.99% Was $1.50 (8% - 12%)
$ 20.00 $ - 29.99 New Fee 6.49% Was $1.50 (5% - 8%)
$ 30.00 $ - 39.99 New Fee 5.99% Was $1.50 (4% - 5%)
$ 40.00 $ - 49.99 New Fee 5.49% Was $1.50 (3% - 4%)
$ 50.00 $ - 59.99 New Fee 4.99% Was $1.50 (2.5% - 3%)
$ 60.00 $ - 69.99 New Fee 4.49% Was $1.50 (2% - 2.5%)
$ 70.00 $ - 99.99 New Fee 3.99% Was 2%
100+ New Fee 3.49% Was 2%
$1000+ New Fee 2.49% Was 2%
Sell Not In Account
Below $5.00 New Fee $0.65 (max 25%) Was 25% (A $4.50 Sale was $1.13, will now be $0.65)
$ 5.00 $ - 7.49 New Fee $0.80 Was $1.25 to $1.50 (20% - 25%)
$ 7.50 $ - 12.99 New Fee $0.95 Was $1.50 (12% to 20%)
$ 13.00 $ - 19.99 New Fee 7.99% Was $1.50 (8% to 12%)
$ 20.00 $ - 29.99 New Fee 7.49% Was $1.50 (5% to 8%)
$ 30.00 $ - 39.99 New Fee 6.99% Was $1.50 (4% - 5%)
$ 40.00 $ - 49.99 New Fee 6.49% Was $1.50 to $1.75 (3.5% to 4%)
$ 50.00 $ - 59.99 New Fee 5.99% Was 3.5%
$ 60.00 $ - 69.99 New Fee 5.49% Was 3.5%
$70+ New Fee 5.49% Was 3.5%
$1000+ New Fee 4.49% Was 3.5%
Most of the fees are being lowered because it is believed that this will greatly increase the number of transactions, especially on the buying end. The elimination of the deposit fees and the decrease in the buying fees under $75.00 should increase the liquidity on the site because users will now have more buying power. It is therefore projected that the increase in transactions will help offset the lower fees. Another means to offset the elimination of the deposit fees and the lowering of other fees will be to add banner ads. A maximum of one ad per page will be added to the very bottom of the pages.
Shipping Prices will remain the same except for Next Day Air. Next Day Air will be changed from $25 to $29 and .35/card to .40/card.
Many accounts on ThePit.com have Balances but have not had activity in them for as much as six years. Due to the need to warehouse items and carry insurance, ThePit/NAXCOM cannot continue to hold these balances indefinitely. Therefore, accounts that have not bought or sold an item within the past 2 years will be “Inactive.” Two additional notices will be sent to users whose accounts will be changed to “Inactive,” in which they will have 30 days to cash out their balance or buy/sell an item to keep their account “Active.”
*Please note: Once an account has been changed to inactive, the user may still contact the company to have their account changed back to “Active.”
On Wed. 8/9 the much anticipated Reggie Bush Autographed "Moments of Transition" were released on ThePit & NAXCOM. (Click Here To View The Bush Autographed Draft Day Jersey) with all of ThePit's items selling out.
All of the first batch of items have now sold. These items have been so popular that the the Shop At Home Network purchased a large lot of them and will be airing them on TV this Saturday night.
The Reggie Bush Autographed Moment of Transition Gold Limited Edition is part of the second group of new items by Game Exclusives, the exclusive distributor of Bush, Leinart & Young Draft Day Memorabilia. Two weeks ago, the non-autographed items were IPO'd on ThePit and NAXCOM.
Reggie Bush NFL Draft Day Jersey Swatch PSA Encased & Authenticated.
Matt Leinart NFL Draft Day Jersey Swatch PSA Encased & Authenticated.
Vince Young NFL Draft Day Jersey Swatch PSA Encased & Authenticated.
Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart & Vince Young Set of 3 NFL Draft Day Jersey Swatch PSA Encased & Authenticated.
If you are not familiar with these new items they are part of a new line of products from Game Exclusives called "Moments of Transition." Game Exclusives is the exclusive distributor of Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart & Vince Young Draft Day Memorabilia. These special pieces are the beginning of a new line of products from Game Exclusives that will feature the top collegiate athletes making their transition into the pros.
These beautifully designed items are the size of a Super Bowl Ticket showing the three collegiate superstars holding up their new NFL Team Jersey that they wore at the special photo shoot at the NFL Draft. Also, they are each wearing their college team hat while the background is an action shot of what they did best while at college. Finally, each item is stamped with the Year, Round, Pick # and date/time that each player was selected in the draft signifying the exact time of a player's transition from college to the pros.
Last week the first batch of 25 Bush, Leinart & Young NFL Draft Day Gold Limited Edition Jersey Swatches #'d to 999 were IPO'd on ThePit.com and NAXCOM, where they immediately sold out.
Then over this past weekend the second batch of items received were sold at the Anaheim National Sports Collectors Convention. Not only were they extremely popular with the public, they also caught the eye of the Shop At Home Network. Shop at Home purchased the remaining 100 sets available at the show and put them on the air that Friday night where they immediately sold. *Shop at Home immediately ordered another 100 sets.
Last weeks 10 New IPO's included -
John Maine 2003 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Gaby Hernandez 2004 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie.
Joey Votto 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Josh Fields 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Matt Harrison 2003 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Travis Wood 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Travis Buck 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
J.A. Happ 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Estee Harris 2004 Bowman Chrome Autographed Rookie.
Dustin Pedroia Upper Deck USA Rookie.
Previous weeks New IPO's (Initial Player Offerings) added to ThePit.com include;
Zach Miner Topps Chrome Auto RC.
Philip Hughes '04 Bowman Chrome DP Autographed Rookie.
Chris Capuano '03 SP Authentic RC.
Chris Carter Donruss Elite Extra Autograph /963 Rookie.
Edison Volquez '05 Bowman Chrome DP RC.
Jacoby Ellsbury Bowman Chrome DP Autograph RC.
Nolan Reimold Bowman Chrome DP RC.
Ryan Braun Topps Chrome RC.
Steven White Bowman Sterling Autograph RC.
Jason Kubel Bowman Chrome Autograph RC.
The 10 New IPO's (Initial Player Offerings) added to ThePit.com this past week include;
Adam Miller '03 Bowman Chrome DP RC.
Carlos Quentin Bowman Sterling Autograph RC.
Homer Bailey Bowman Chrome Autograph RC.
Humberto Sanchez 2005 Bowman Sterling Autograph RC.
Justin Verlander 2003 Upper Deck USA Rookie.
Wade Davis 2004 Bowman Chrome DP RC.
HaltedZach Miner 2004 Topps Chrome Autograph RC.
Josh Fields Donruss Elite Extra Autograph /961 Rookie.
John Lackey 2000 Bowman Chrome RC.
Bryan Anderson 2005 Bowman Chrome DP RC.
Baseball America has just released its Mid-Season Top Prospects.
1. Stephen Drew, ss Diamondbacks .285/.340/.463 (AAA) The safest bet with elite tools at an elite position.
2. Delmon Young, of Devil Rays .355/.376/.461 (AAA) We'll shut up and let you play if you will.
3. Brandon Wood, ss Angels .290/.377/.946 (AAA) Move to third, K's (109 in 87 games) only negatives.
4. Justin Upton, of Diamondbacks .278/.348/.426 (Lo A) Not bad, but not up to expectations.
5. Alex Gordon, 3b Royals .295/.400/.497 (AA) Probably should be the Royals' No. 3 hitter.
6. Lastings Milledge, of Mets .289/.415/.469 (AAA) He'll be better off for his big league experience.
7. Billy Butler, of Royals .322/.381/.480 (AA) Probably should be the Royals' No. 4 hitter.
8. Troy Tulowitzki, ss Rockies .285/.361/.482 (AA) Longish swing puts better glove behind Drew, Wood.
9. Howie Kendrick, 2b Angels .369/.409/.627 (AAA) Give him time in majors and he'll hit there, too.
10. Homer Bailey, rhp Reds 6-5, 2.67 (AA) Best Reds pitching prospect since Mario Soto?
11. Philip Hughes, rhp Yankees 7-6, 2.47 (AA) More polish than Bailey, but less fastball.
12. Cameron Maybin, of Tigers .313/.410/.464 (Lo A) Youngest U.S. Futures Gamer only needs time.
13. Carlos Gonzalez, of Diamondbacks .315/.368/.567 (Hi A) Supreme talent has emerged as elite hitter.
14. Scott Elbert, lhp Dodgers 6-5, 2.33 (AA) Power stuff now coupled with improved pitchability.
15. Jay Bruce, of Reds .322/.388/.581 (Lo A) Not far behind Upton/Maybin duo in Midwest League.
16. Jose Tabata, of Yankees .321/.395/.454 (Lo A) We know he'll hit, so how high is his ceiling?
17. Chris Young, of Diamondbacks .271/.359/.508 (AAA) Would be in the majors if still with White Sox.
18. Jason Hirsh, rhp Astros 10-2, 2.28 (AAA) Pitches downhill effectively from 6-foot-8 frame.
19. Andy Marte, 3b Indians .271/.333/.464 (AAA) Getting back on track after whirlwind offseason.
20. Nick Adenhart, rhp Angels 11-2, 2.13 (Hi A) Healthy elbow has produced stuff and numbers.
21. Carlos Quentin, of Diamondbacks .298/.426/.498 (AAA) Does more than rack up HBPs, but those are nice too.
22. Adam Loewen, lhp Orioles 6-2, 2.28 (AAA) Late-bloomer profile: tall, Northern and lefthanded.
23. Ryan Braun, 3b Brewers .274/.343/.453 (AA) Not in the Gordon/Wood category, but not far off.
24. Matt Garza, rhp Twins 11-3, 2.04 (AA) Minors' most dominant pitcher in first half of 2006.
25. Yovani Gallardo, rhp Brewers 6-4, 1.68 (AA) Minors' most dominant pitcher--other than Garza.
Just missing the cut: Elvis Andrus, ss, Braves; Reid Brignac, ss, Devil Rays; Travis Buck, of, Athletics; Trevor Crowe, of, Indians; Jacoby Ellsbury, of, Red Sox; Brandon Erbe, rhp, Orioles; Andrew McCutchen, of, Pirates; Adam Miller, rhp, Indians; Anibal Sanchez, rhp, Marlins; Humberto Sanchez, rhp, Tigers; Kevin Slowey, rhp, Twins; Ian Stewart, 3b, Rockies; Donald Veal, lhp, Cubs; Joey Votto, 1b, Reds.
The 10 New IPO's (Initial Player Offerings) added to ThePit.com this week include;
Matthew Kemp 2005 Bowman Chrome Autographs RC.
Jered Weaver 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Autographed Rookie.
Micah Owings 2005 Topps Chrome Update & Highlights Autographed Rookie.
Melky Cabrera 2005 Bowman Chrome RC.
Kevin Slowey 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Jacob McGee 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
John Danks 2003 Upper Deck Prospect Premiers Rookie.
Justin Leone 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks.
Sean West 2005 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks.
Jeff Baker 2002 Donruss Rookies.
The 10 New IPO's (Initial Player Offerings) added to ThePit.com lase week included;
Carlos Gonzalez 2003 Bowman Chrome RC.
Tom Gorzelanny 2003 Bowman Chrome Rookie.
Billy Butler 2005 Topps Chrome Autographed Rookie.
Yovani Gallardo 2004 Donruss Elite Rookie.
Brandon Erbe 2005 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie.
Andy Phillips 2000 Stadium Club Rookie.
Hunter Pence 2004 Donruss Elite Autographed Rookie.
Jacoby Ellsbury 2005 Topps Chrome Update & Highlights Rookie.
Chris Lubanski 2003 Bowman Chrome Autographed Rookie.
Johan Santana 2000 Bowman's Best RC.
The 10 New IPO's that were added to the ThePit recently were:
Albert Pujols Upper Deck Rookie.
Al Jefferson SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie.
Jeff Francis UD Prospect Premiers Autograph Rookie.
Matt Tuiasosopo Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Joe Koshansky Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Trevor Crowe UD SP National Heroes USA Jersey Rookie.
Nick Markakis Bowman Chrome DP Autograph Rookie.
Cliff Pennington Bowman Chrome DP Autograph Rookie.
Ryan Spilborghs '06 Bowman Chrome Rookie.
Kendry Morales '06 Bowman Chrome Rookie.
Matt Garza Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie.
Jose Lopez Bowman Chrome RC.
Jeremy Sowers Bowman Sterling Autograph Rookie.
Dan Uggla Bowman Autograph Rookie.
Mark Reed Bowman Chrome RC.
Kevin Thompson Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Tim Stauffer Bowman Chrome Auto Rookie.
Marvin Williams SPx Autographed Jersey RC.
Kevin Kouzmanoff Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie.
Chris Turner Bowman Chrome RC.
Last weeks 10 New IPO's that went live on Thursday: .
Felix Hernandez Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie.
Carlos Lee Bowman Chrome RC.
Matt Murton Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie
Greg Miller Bowman Chrome Autograph Rookie.
Nelson Cruz Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Brad McCann 2006 Bowman Chrome.
Asdrubal Cabrera 2006 Bowman Chrome.
Matt Jones Topps Chrome RC.
Miguel Cabrera Topps Traded Rookie.
Chad Billingsley Upper Deck Prospect Premiers Rookie.
Last weeks 10 New IPO's that were just released for trading on ThePit for the very first time are:
Matt Kemp Topps Chrome Update & Highlights Rookie.
Devin Harris Topps Chrome RC.
Josh Howard Topps Chrome RC.
Bronson Arroyo Topps Traded Rookie.
Craig Hansen Bowman Rookie.
Kenji Johjima Bowman Rookie.
Andre Ethier Upper Deck Prospect Premiers Rookie.
Prince Fielder Upper Deck Reflections Rookie.
Lastings Milledge Upper Deck Prospect Premiers Rookie.
Matt Holliday Bowman Chrome RC.
The 10 IPO's added to ThePit last Wednesday were:
Jason Terry SPx Autographed RC.
Brad Hawpe 2001 Bowman Draft Picks Rookie.
Casey Blake 1999 Fleer Tradition Update Rookie.
Scott Kazmir 2004 SP Prospects Rookie.
Josh Johnson 2002 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie.
Alex Gordon Bowman Chrome Prospects XRC.
Nick Adenhart 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects XRC.
Max Ramirez 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects XRC.
MIKE O'CONNOR 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects XRC.
YUNG-CHI CHEN 2006 Bowman Chrome Prospects XRC.
Below is a list of the 10 New IPO's introduced on May 26th.
LeBron James 2003-04 Topps RC.
Philip Rivers 2004 Topps Chrome RC.
Francisco Liriano Upper Deck Propect Premiers Rookie.
Kendry Morales Upper Deck Update SPx Autographed Rookie.
Eric Campbell 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Dwyane Wade Topps RC.
Nick Markakis Upper Deck Prospect Premiers Rookie.
Curtis Granderson Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Huston Street Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Rookie.
Chris Paul SPx Autograph Jersey RC.
Bush, Leinart, Young Limited Edition Draft Swatches & Autograph Swatches
Will only be available on NAXCOM.com & ThePit.com
In what is expected to be the most exciting year in the history of football collectibles, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart & Vince Young, have entered into an exclusive agreement with Game Exclusive, to create items with swatches from their 2006 draft jerseys they held in commemorating this year’s draft. Never before in the history of the Sports Collectibles Industry have collectors been able to obtain swatches of a jersey commemorating the draft directly from the player.
The title of these Draft Day Swatch Phototickets are “Moment of Transition” and will memorialize the exact moment that these three players transition from a great collegiate career to their professional career. Game Exclusives have selected PSA to authenticate and encase the items and have also selected NAXCOM.com & ThePit.com as the Online Marketplace to offer the limited edition item for sale.
The Swatch PhotoTickets will be an oversized Super Bowl style commemorative ticket representing each player’s draft day moment when they are selected. Each player’s PhotoTicket, will have a swatch cut from their commemorative draft jersey held by the player and will be time stamped, day, hour, moment that the team announces their pick. These exclusive swatches will be limited to 2006 and will be encased by PSA in a special serial #’d holder. In addition a limited # of 500 Autographed Swatch Phototickets will also be made available and will also be authenticated and encased by PSA.
Click on the following links to start bidding on these items, highest bids will be executed on NAXCOM and The Pit in mid to late May after the pieces have been made and then sent to PSA to be encased. Buyers can choose to put in one bid or as many bids as they want on one or all three players*:
Reggie Bush Draft Jersey Swatch /2006
Reggie Bush Draft Jersey Autographed Swatch /2006
Matt Leinart Draft Jersey Swatch /2006
Matt Leinart Draft Jersey Autographed Swatch /2006
Vince Young Draft Jersey Swatch /2006
Special Member Deal:
The 2006 Bush, Leinart, Young Swatch PhotoTickets & the 500 Autographed Swatch Phototickets will be offered on NAXCOM.com & ThePit.com to the highest bidders. Bids can now be entered and once all 2006 Swatches & 500 Autographed Swatches are purchased, no more will be offered.
Once the items are made and encased by PSA, an announcement on the site will be made with the highest bids executed a few days after (most likely in mid to late May). Buyers can choose to put in one bid or as many bids as they want to buy on one or all three players on NAXCOM.com or ThePit.com.
* Please note: Typical Pit fees and S/H are applicable. These items available in limited supply so once these items are sold out, the market will be removed from The Pit.
The NAXCOM HOF Sports Collectors Expo at Hollywood Park has announced some of its guests that will be appearing at the June 2, 3 & 4 show. Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Philip Rivers, Jim Brown, Marcus Allen, Antonio Gates along with Lou Brock & Charles White will be appearing during the weekend. For those that can't attend Mail Order is available for all guests 909.592.1357
The Hollywood Park Show is one of the largest shows in the country with over 250 Booths of the nations top Sportscard, Autographed Memorabilia, Wax & Sports Collectible vendors from over 30 different states. Beckett, PSA, PSA/DNA, Globabl Authentication are all On-Site accepting submissions.
Hollywood Park CASINO is located only a few miles away from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the Host Hotel (Crowne Plaza Hotel) providing shuttle service to and from LAX & the Hollywood Park CASINO.
For Dealer Table Reservations contact NAXCOM at 310.568.8825. For Autograph or General Information contact 909.592.1357.
With such a large group of young stars, 2006 is starting off to be a very exciting year for collectors. Ryan Howard, Rickie Weeks, David Wright, Grady Sizemore, Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Franceour and Felix Hernandez are just a few of the young stars with big expectations this year. In addition, 2006 also has one of the largest groups of rookies in a very long time?
List of some of the rookies expected to have an impact this year include:
Ryan Zimmerman, the Washington Nationals starting third baseman, leads the 2006 rookie crop. The other top rookies with high expectations for 2006 include Delmon Young (Tampa Bay), Matt Cain (Giants), Prince Fielder (Brewers), Ian Kinsler (Rangers), Justin Verlander (Detroit), Jon Papelbon (Red Sox), Brian Anderson (White Sox), Anderson Hernandez (Mets), Francisco Liriano (Twins), Hanley Ramirez (Marlins), Josh Barfield (Padres), Paul Maholm (Pirates), Josh Willingham Mike Jacobs (Marlins) and Scott Olsen (Marlins) are just a few of this years rookies expected to make a big splash right away.
A couple of other top prospects that will be IPO'd on ThePit.com soon include Jeff Mathis of the Angels and Kenji Johjina of the Mariners with the release of his cards later this year. Collectors should also keep their eye out for other top prospects that are expected to be called up later in the year. Lastings Milledge and Brian Bannister of the Mets, Stephen Drew and Carlos Quentin of the Diamondbacks. The Dodgers have 5 highly touted prospects that are expected to see some big league action this year - Andy Laroche, Joel Guzman, Delwyn Young, Chad Billingsley and Russ Martin. Boston's Minor League Pitcher of the year Jon Lester is also expected to be a mid-season call up as are the highly touted Melky Cabrera and Eric Duncan of the New York Yankees.
With all of these top young stars and prospects that baseball hasn't seen in many years, 2006 promises to be a very exciting year for collectors.
Below is the list of the 100 cards that were released onto ThePit last weekend during ThePit.com's Grand Re-Opening Weekend.
Sunday (3/19) IPO's
Matt Cain 2002 Bowman Chrome Rookie
Delmon Young 2003 Bowman Chrome Autographed Rookie
Travis Hafner 2001 Bowman Chrome Refractor Rookie
Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2003 Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie
Andy LaRoche 2005 Bowman Chrome Auto Rookie
LaDainian Tomlinson 2001 Bowman Chrome Refractor Rookie
Jameer Nelson 2004 SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
Steve Nash 1996 Topps Chrome Rookie
Stephen Drew 2005 Bowman Chrome Autographed Rookie
Amare Stoudemire 2002 SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
Rickie Weeks Bowman Chrome Draft Autographed Rookie
Richie Robnett 2004 Bowman Chrome Rookie
J.R. Smith SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie Card
Craig Biggio 1988 Score Rookie Traded
B.J. Upton 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Rookie
Matt Bush 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft Auto Rookie
Cadillac Williams 2005 SPX Autographed Jersey Rookie
Charlie Villanueva 2005 SPX Jersey Auto Jersey Rookie
Channing Frye 2005 Bowman Chrome Rookie
Hanley Ramirez 2003 Bowman Chrome Auto Rookie
Jay Rainville 2004 Bowman Sterling Rookie
Francisco Rodriguez 2000 Bowman Chrome Rookie
Mike Jacobs 2001 Stadium Club Rookie
Kirk Hinrich 2003 Topps Chrome Rookie
Cole Hamels 2002 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
Danny Granger SPX AUtographed Jersey Rookie
Irvin Guzman Topps Chrome Traded Rookie Card
Steven Jackson SPX Autographed Rookie
Cameron Maybin Bowman Chrome AFLAC Rookie
Marvin Williams Bowman Chrome Rookie Card
Tayshaun Prince SPX Autographed Jersey Rookie
Victor Martinez SPX Autographed Rookie
Jered Weaver 2005 Topps Chrome Traded Update
Lamar Odom 1999 SPX Rookie
Kirk Hinrich 2003 Topps Chrome Rookie
Saturday (3/18) IPO's
Ben Gordon 2004-05 SP Authentic Autograph Rookie
Casey Kotchman Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
LaDianian Tomlinson Bowman Rookie Card
Emanuel Ginobili SP Authentic Rookie
Kevin Jones SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
Travis Hafner Bowman Rookie Card
Mike Pelfrey Upper Deck USA Rookie
Edgar Renteria 1994 Bowman Rookie Card
Sebastian Telfair SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
Jason Vargas 2004 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
Jake Peavy 2001 Upper Deck Prospect Premier Rookie
Carlos Zambrano 2000 Bowman Chrome RC
Colby Rasmus Bowman Chrome DP Autographed Rookie
J.J. Arrington SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
Alex Smith (49ers QB) Topps Chrome Rookie
Josh Childress SPx Auotgraphed Jersey Rookie
Devin Harris SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
Heath Miller Topps Chrome Rookie
Jorge Cantu 2000 Bowman Chrome Rookie
Torii Hunter 1994 Bowman Rookie
Tony Parker Bowman Chrome Rookie
Charlie Villanueva Bowman Chrome Rookie
Andrew McCutchen Topps Chrome Autographed Rookie
Hines Ward 1998 Bowman Chrome Rookie Card
Aaron Rodgers Topps Chrome Rookie Card
Aaron Rowand 2000 Bowman Chrome Rookie Card
Ben Wallace Ultra Rookie Card
Brandon Stokley SPx Autographed Rookie Card
Hank Blalock Topps Traded Rookie Card
J.P. Losman SPx Autographed Rookie
Salim Stoudamire SPx Autographed Jersey Rookie
C.J. Henry Topps Chrome Update Rookie
Javier Herrera Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
Friday (3/17) IPO's
Sidney Crosby UD Young Guns
Kirby Puckett 1985 Topps RC
Dwight Howard 2004-05 SPx Autographed Jsy
Bobby Abreu 1995 Bowman's Best RC
Ben Gordon 2004-05 Topps Chrome RC
Hideki Matsui 2003 Upper Deck RC
Brian Roberts 2001 Donruss The Rookies RC
Matt Clement 1997 Bowman Chrome RC
Pedro Feliz 2000 Bowman Chrome RC
Blake Dewitt 2004 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
Troy Tulowitzki 2005 Bowman Chrome DP RC
Braylon Edwards 2005 SPx Autographed Jsy
Amare Stoudemire '02 Topps Chrome
Ian Stewart '03 Upper Deck Prospect Premiers
Wade Boggs 1983 Topps Rookie Card
Josh Beckett 1999 Fleer Tradition Update RC
Sam Cassell 1993 Finest RC
Derek Lowe 1992 Bowman Rookie Card
Chris Carpenter 1994 Bowman's Best Rookie Card
Luol Deng 2004 Topps Chrome Rookie Card
Jay Bruce 2005 Bowman Chrome DP RC
Roy Halladay 1997 Bowman Chrome Rookie Card
Mushin Muhammad 1996 SP Rookie Card
Howie Long 1984 Topps Rookie Card
Garret Anderson 1992 Bowman Rookie Card
Nick Swisher 2002 Bowman Chrome Rookie Card
Ryne Sandberg 1983 Topps Rookie Card
Mike Hampton 1992 Bowman Rookie Card
Daric Barton 2003 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
Zach Jackson 2004 Bowman Chrome DP Rookie
Josh Smith 2004 SPx Autograph Jersey