Paul Skenes’ 2023 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor Auto Sells For Jaw-Dropping $80,000 At Auction

Paul Skenes is making pitcher autographs cool again. The Pittsburgh Pirates rookie phenom’s 2023 Bowman Chrome Draft 1/1 Superfractor Autograph card sold for $80,520 at Goldin over the weekend. It easily became the highest-selling Skenes card of his young career.

2023 Bowman Chrome Draft Paul Skenes 1/1 Superfractor Autograph
2023 Bowman Chrome Draft Paul Skenes 1/1 Superfractor Autograph. (credit: Goldin)

The card, graded a PSA 7 with a 10 autograph, generated 26 bids before the auction ended Saturday night.

Skenes, the first overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft by the PIrates, has had an incredible start to his big league career. In his first four starts since being called up in May, he’s struck out 30 in just 22 innings while consistently pumping out 100 mph fastballs. He is currently 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA.

MLB.com ranks Skenes as the second-best overall prospect in the game — behind Baltimore Orioles’ Jackson Holliday.

“A generational prospect, Skenes is the most highly-touted collegiate pitcher since Stephen Strasburg, blending a titanic six-foot-six-inch frame with a fastball that tops out at 102 miles per hour and a devastating slider,” Goldin writes. “Skenes inked a contract with Pittsburgh that includes a Draft-record $9.2 million signing bonus. He reached AA Altoona in his first season of professional baseball after finishing his collegiate career with a 2023 College World Series championship, winning the National Pitcher of the Year Award, the Dick Howser Trophy, and the College World Series Most Outstanding Player Award in the process. Skenes’ all-time great 2023 stat line included a 13-2 record, 1.69 ERA, and 209 strikeouts in 122.2 innings.”

Pitcher autographs are usually less desirable in the collection community, but Skenes is changing that perception with his first Bowman Superfractor autograph fetching over $80,000.

According to data from 130Point.com, Skenes’ previous highest-selling card was his 2023 Bowman Chrome Draft Red Refractor /5 Autograph, graded SGC 9.5, for $10,700.

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