When will Paul Goldschmidt cards get the respect they deserve?

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Paul Goldschmidt is one of the best players in baseball. Period. His stats over the last few years put him in baseball’s elite. And while collectors flock to the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant, Paul Goldschmidt cards are more akin to a tumbleweed blowing through the scorching desert sand.

2014 Topps Tribute Paul Goldschmidt Red Autograph

It’s not that they’re completely ignored, but you don’t see nearly the same excitement as you might when someone lands a Trout autograph or just about anything with Bryant’s smile. The prices aren’t close either.

So why are Paul Goldschmidt cards some of the most overlooked in the hobby?

Ultimately, it comes down to what people are willing to pay. But Goldschmidt’s exposure is limited. That means fewer people are enthused or even know about his accomplishments.

Trout and Harper are among a core group of young stars that have become the faces of MLB. They seem to be everywhere. They make the nightly Sports Center highlights. They get a ton of attention. And deservedly so. Goldschmidt is getting plenty of clutch hits. He’s already won a Gold Glove.

Yet he’s on the outside looking in.

The easiest thing to do is point to the fact that Goldschmidt plays for the Diamondbacks. They’re not exactly a team that draws a lot of attention from the hobby. Outside of the local Arizona market, the team isn’t talked about much.

The fact that the Diamondbacks are consistently in the middle of the standings doesn’t help either. Currently, they’re not good enough to  be in contention for the postseason. And their record isn’t bad enough to complain too much. Simply put, there doesn’t seem to be much drama when it comes to the franchise. And that’s carried over to the hobby for Goldschmidt.

Here’s a quick comparison that compares Goldschmidt’s on-field performance from 2012-2015 versus Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Then take a look at what their first Bowman Chrome autographs book for.

Goldschmidt-Trout-Harper-Comparison-Sept2015

Numbers don’t lie. Trout has outpaced Goldschmidt in some categories, but not by much — especially when you factor in Goldschmidt’s fewer games. But $1,500 for a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Prospects Autograph Mike Trout versus $150 for a 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autograph Paul Goldschmidt?

It gets even more interesting when you look at how Goldschmidt stacks up against Bryce Harper. In the last four seasons, the Diamondbacks first baseman has been better yet you can expect to pay at least three times as much for the comparable first Bowman Chrome autographs.

A similar multiplier carries over into more recent autographs and premium cards. It’s possible to find some upscale Paul Goldschmidt autograph cards for under $30 on the secondary market (sometimes even $20). Good luck finding any certified Bryce Harper for under $100 and $120 for Mike Trout, much less something premium.

When it comes to key cards, we often look to the future. Trout has slightly better stats. Harper has better hair — and a lot of potential. But all things being equal, Goldschmidt looks to have the better upside when it comes to baseball cards — if he gets a bit of attention.

Check out the Beckett Marketplace for a large selection of Paul Goldschmidt cards including rookie cards, autographs and more.

5 Paul Goldschmidt Cards Not to Overlook

2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Autograph Paul Goldschmidt #PG

Reasons to consider:

  • First MLB autograph card
  • On-card signature
  • Cheaper than 2011 Bowman Chrome autograph

2010 Bowman Platinum Prospect Autographs Refractor Paul Goldschmidt

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Autograph #191 Paul Goldschmidt /820

Reasons to consider:

  • Although not licensed, in college uniform
  • Serial numbered
  • Sells for less than 2011 Bowman Chrome

2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edtion Paul Goldschmidt Autograph

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs #BCP99 Paul Goldschmidt

Reasons to consider:

  • Most popular Paul Goldschmidt card
  • Widely traded
  • Bowman Chrome is king when it comes to prospect autographs
  • Refractors very popular as well.

2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Paul Goldschmidt

2011 Bowman Sterling #27 Paul Goldschmidt RC

Reasons to consider:

  • Rarest rookie card
  • Tough to find in any quantity

2011 Bowman Sterling Paul Goldschmidt RC

2011 Topps Update #US47 Paul Goldschmidt RC

Reasons to consider:

  • A key card in a popular set (even if that’s largely because of Mike Trout’s rookie card)
  • Part of flagship line
  • Cheap and not hard to find

Paul Goldschmidt cards - 2011 Topps Update RC

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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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5 comments

  1. Richard 30 September, 2015 at 17:53

    It’s simple.

    Goldschmidt: Born September 10, 1987 (age 28) 3x AS, GG, SS
    Trout: Born August 7, 1991 (age 24). 4x AS, ROY, MVP, 2x SS
    Harper: Born October 16, 1992 (age 22). 3x AS, ROY.

    In order to accumulate numbers, you need to be around, and Paul is a bit older than the other two.
    That’s not to say he can’t have a HOF career, he’s had a good start, but 4 years can mean an additional
    100+ HR’s in a career, and that can make a difference.

  2. John Bissell 1 October, 2015 at 09:45

    I agree with Richard. Its all about the age and the potential to break big time sacred baseball records.

    Goldie is definitely a great player with the potential to be a Hall of Famer.

  3. David Johnson 1 October, 2015 at 12:17

    He is a great player and somewhat undervalued, however as others have pointed out his age is one of the reasons his value isn’t higher. If he was 25 or younger with the same stats, then his cards would be worth more. If he continues to have great years, his cards will rise in value, but they won’t catch up to Trout or Harper prices unless one of them gets seriously hurt or has a few bad years.

  4. Dennis Dilworth 8 October, 2015 at 12:47

    As a D’backs’ Season Ticket Holder every year since “Goldy” has been in the majors I’ve had the great opportunity to watch Goldy play nearly every day. I know most fans pay attention to the offensive stats, something Goldy is great in, to watch him play defense, to watch him direct the other players on the field and just the great leadership he displays is a joy to watch, plus he seems to improve at every at bat and every play in the field. I know hall of gamers aren’t elected on their off-field lives, but Goldy and his wife are a blessing to our community, plus he’s a true gentleman.

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