Rookie Card Showcase: 2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor Auto Matt Kemp /500

This is part 23 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

It’s all about timing.

In April and May, finding this card on eBay at a relatively decent price was damn near impossible.  In fact, a good comparison right now is the Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome autograph and all of its variations.

Fast forward three months, after Kemp spent time on the Disabled List and interest in his cards receded, and suddenly Kemp autos can be found at reasonable levels.

I grabbed this off eBay a few weeks back for less than the price his basic Bowman Chrome auto was selling for earlier this year.

And what makes this sweeter, interest in this card is likely to pick up again with the Dodgers making big-name acquisitions in an attempt to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

The result of the roster moves not only gives the Dodgers a more potent lineup, but give Kemp lineup protection like he has never seen.

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