In 2007, Josh Hamilton’s card population exploded. Aside from strict prospect only sets, I think he was in every set issued. In fact, he might have been in most of the prospect sets as well, because he was one of those ‘Rookie Logo’ players in 2007. His comeback was big news, but for most of the season he flew somewhat under the radar. His cards had picked up from where they had bottomed out during his absence from the game, but they weren’t breaking the bank. I was picking up 2007 Bowman Sterling autographs for right around $10.
His cards really exploded during the 2008 MLB season, and they went even higher after the Home Run Derby. As a Hamilton collector, it has been quite a ride. I am missing a lot of 2007 cards, but I recently had the chance to score a few of his lower end Rookie Logo cards for a good price. Included in this purchase was a 2007 Bowmna’s Best card. These cards are serial numbered /799. The scan makes the card look slightly gold, but it is actually almost a rainbowish refractor type finish. Nice, thick card stock as well. And of course, it displays the dreaded Rookie Logo prominently.