This is big news for collectors of Jewish baseball. Davis would be the first MOT promoted to the bigs this season, and would become the 163 (?) Jewish Major Leaguer.
The son of former Yankees pitcher Ron Davis, Ike is an elite prospect. From Mets.com: "Davis, 23, is batting .364 with two homers and three doubles in 33
at-bats for Buffalo. Considered one of the organization's top three
position prospects, he projects as an elite power hitter." According to MiLB.com, Davis is batting .364 with two HRs, and a .636 slugging percentage in 10 games with the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets AAA farm team.
A product of Arizona State, Davis has steadily progressed through the minor leagues, winning Mets Minor League Player of the Year honors. As detailed by Ron Kaplan in his Kaplan's Korner on Jews & Sports blog, Davis made an impressive showing in Spring Training, "batting .480 with three home runs, three doubles, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored."
For collectors, Davis memorabilia abounds. A search of the Beckett.com Marketplace yields 88 different Davis cards — including minor and major league singles, graded and autographed cards from TriStar, Donruss, Razor, Bowman and Topps. A search of eBay shows 350+ results.
- A TriStar prospects autographed card;
- A TriStar Prospects Plus game used jersey card, limited to 199.
- A Razor Signature card, part of a 500 card limited edition;
- A 2009, limited edition Elite Extra dual card with fellow ASU alum Reggie Jackson, featuring pieces of both players' game used bats …
… among many other paste boards.
Prices for Davis cards, particularly memorabilia and autographed cards, have been rising with his star status.
Available for under $10 last year, many Davis cards are now selling consistently for $50 or more, with limited edition items booking $100+. Expect the prices to spike with his call up, and stay high if he does well, as expected, in Flushing.
As a star at ASU, Davis also has a host of college memorabilia items available, including posters, hats, photos, etc.
Do you have Davis items in your collection? What's your favorite? Any in-person signing experiences to share?