2011 Bowman Chrome Starling Marte Auto
It is always nice when you buy one of these Chrome autos and the guy actually turns out to be a decent player. Thankfully as a Pirate collector we haven't had many high $ guys out of the gate. Right now only Austin Meadows carried a big price tag from day one. Guys like Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow had lulls where you could buy them on the cheap.
The cool thing about Marte is that he has found ways to make himself a little better every year he has been in the big leagues. Last year he stole more bases and actually learned how to take a walk every once in a while. That led to his best season as a Pirate. If he can manage more of a power stroke then he could put himself into superstar territory.
Do you guys actively chase these? I kind of put myself in the middle category. The desire to add these is always there, but I use extreme patience. Obviously this style can bite you in the ass for the guys that turn themselves into superstars right away, but for the most part it has worked out for me. I don't really have a story where I got burned paying $50 for an auto and the guy peters out in AA.
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