Player Focus: Ryan Howard
Ryan Howard may not be on track to hit 58 HR & 149 RBI like he did last year, but his production is definitely improving each month as the season moves forward. In April he hit 3 HR & 13 RBI, in May 6 HR & 17 RBI, in June 10 HR & 27 RBI and in July 10 HR & 29 RBI. So far his August numbers look pretty similar to June & July.
His 03 Bowman's Best Auto RC, which once garnered well over $500, has been averaging in the $370-390 range over the past couple of months. Now that Howard is back in the HR race (and leading the NL in RBI), collectors are again starting to push his coveted Auto RC up in value. So far in August, I've seen sales in the $410-460 TAC range. His 01 UD Prospect Premiers XRC hasn't seen much change in value recently. It's been averaging around $24 TAC for the past couple weeks, and has been in $20-27 TAC range for a few months now.
I expect prices to continue their ascent as long as he maintains his current HR/RBI pace. One area that he needs to improve in is strike-outs though. He embarrassingly leads the majors with 137, and goes down swinging (or looking) every 2.63 at-bats.