Here it is, probably one of the best Padres cards in 2012 Bowman. This is Cory Spangenberg’s only autographed card in this year’s Bowman set. I believe it is also his first autographed card of 2012.
It is a nice card, the silver sharpie stands out well on the black canvas. But the black-colored design means it is very susceptible to chipping. I would guess that if any Bowman Black cards gets slabbed with a GEM MINT grade, they would fetch some BIG $$$ on the secondary market.
Spangenberg is currently playing 2B for the Padres at Lake Elsinore. Hopefully, this small investment in his prospect card pans out. That’s the thing with prospects – it is always hit or miss. He could falter and follow in the footsteps of Padres 1st round busts like Matt Antonelli or Allan Dykstra. But I am keeping my fingers crossed that he could blossom and become a Mark Loretta type of hitter for the Padres.