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Buster Posey’s memorable rookie season leads to surge in card prices & added interest in his autographs by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Buster Posey has had a memorable rookie year.

In his first full season behind the plate, the San Francisco Giants catcher was part of a world championship team. Come Monday, Posey could be named the National League Rookie of the Year.

Posey became one of the hottest sought-after baseball players the moment he was called up –  and prospectors jumped on his bandwagon long before he received he received full-time status as the Giants catcher. His baseball cards — and his autographs are in high demand, so much so he appears on the next cover of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Posey has 286 trading cards, including 116 autographs. According to Beckett.com, Posey’s prices have steadily climbed and took significant jumps when he was called up in late May, in late July when his talent was apparent, and again at the start of November when the rookie hit clean-up for the World Series champs.

His 2010 Upper Deck Rookie Card books at $25 and consistently sells for $20 and up on eBay.

Just Minors recently had a signing with Buster Posey, its second in the last several months with baseball’s newest star. The first group of signed baseballs landed in the company’s Mystery branded products such as 2010 Mystery Balls, which should be released at the end of December.

But the newest crop of signed balls is going directly into Just Memorabilia, Inc.’s online store and can be purchased directly for $99.95. They are scheduled to ship on Dec. 7.

Posey hit .305 with a .357 on-base percentage and .505 slugging in 108 games during the regular season. He added 18 homers and 67 RBIs in that span.

In the postseason, the 23-year-old hit .288 with a home run and five RBIs, and got to celebrate in a World Series parade.

Not a bad way to end a rookie season.

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

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