Here’s Jeff Bagwell’s First Baseball Card Contract


1988 Cape Cod Prospects Ballpark Jeff Bagwell Header

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first Jeff Bagwell cards came out before he had even turned pro. In 1988 he appeared on a couple of cards for the amateur Cape Cod League.

The release for one of these cards, the 1988 Cape Cod Prospects Ballpark Jeff Bagwell, was recently listed on eBay, offering a little insight and history into Bagwell’s place in the hobby.

Jeff Bagwell 1988 Ballpark Cards Release

The photo release is essentially a contract in which a 19- or 20-year old Bagwell (the document isn’t dated) agreed to allow his name and image be used by Ballpark specifically for baseball cards.

1988 Cape Cod Prospects Ballpark Jeff Bagwell

Bagwell didn’t get any sort of payment from Ballpark. Doing so would have disqualified him from being an amateur.

Besides the bit of hobby history, the contract has Bagwell’s signature.

In addition to Bagwell, the 30-card 1988 Cape Cod Prospects Ballpark checklist includes Frank Thomas and Mo Vaughn.

This wasn’t the card Bagwell had in 1988. He was also part of the 1988 Cape Cod Prospects P and L Promotions set.

The seller, randyswatches, was asking $799.99 for the contract. The listing ended on January 9, 2017 without a sale.

In recent years, many baseball card contracts have hit the secondary market as Topps unloads extra items from their vault. These typically sell anywhere from around $10 to several hundred dollars depending on the player and year.

Comments? Questions? Contact Ryan Cracknell on Twitter @tradercracks.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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