December 2013 Premium Holiday Auction
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Yasiel Puig Valdes. Where to begin? Defecting from Cuba in 2012 -- after a few failed defection attempts in 2011 and 2012 that resulted in his ban from playing Cuban baseball during those two years -- the talented but hot-headed 22-year old baseball player signed a seven-year $42 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers and finally made his MLB debut on June 3 of 2013. In his first five games, he hit four home runs and drove in 10 RBI and was named National League Player of the Week. He finished the month with 44 hits, the second most ever by a rookie in his first month, behind only Joe DiMaggio's 48. He hit .436 with a .467 OBP and .713 slugging percentage for the month, becoming baseball's first player to ever win both the Rookie of the Month and Player of the Month Awards. He ended the season with a .319 average, 19 HR and 42 RBI in 104 games and finished second in the NL ROY voting to fellow Cuban Jose Fernandez. A handful for Dodgers skipper Don Mattingly to manage, Puig displayed his temper and immaturity on more than a few occasions in 2013, and it looks like he was just arrested this morning, as I write this, for driving 110 MPH in Naples, FL. Understanding his anger issues, however, Mattingly's no-nonsense managing and hit coach Mark McGwire's tutelage will hopefully help Puig to learn some restraint and humility and to continue to impress in 2014. Offered here is a powerful assortment of 55 PSA-graded Puig rookie cards from 2013, including the following:

  1. (2) 2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects PSA 10 Gem Mint
  2. (2) 2013 Bowman Platinum Prospects PSA 10 9 Mint
  3. 2013 Bowman Platinum Cutting Edge Stars PSA 9 Mint
  4. (2) 2013 Leaf National Convention Redemption Set PSA 9 Mint
  5. 2013 Leaf National Convention Redemption Set No Grade
  6. 2013 Panini Pinnacle Artist Proof Blue PSA 9 Mint 
  7. 2013 Panini Pinnacle PSA 10 Gem Mint
  8. (13) 2013 Panini Pinnacle PSA 9 Mint
  9. (7) 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter PSA 10 Gem Mint
  10. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter PSA 9 Mint
  11. (2) 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini PSA 10 Gem Mint
  12. 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Black PSA 9 Mint
  13. (15) 2013 Topps Pro Debut Running PSA 10 Gem Mint
  14. (6) 2013 Topps Pro Debut Running PSA 9 Mint
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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $763
Number Bids: 26
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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