Bad Hits

Cheap Game Used – Scott Kazmir

Player’s Name: Scott Kazmir

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this card off of eBay for 50 cents.

Set it’s from: 2007 Topps

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $10.00.

Why I like this card: When the Mets traded away this stud to Tampa for essentially Victor Zambrano, I knew it was going to be a huge mistake.  Could you imagine what Scott could have done behind Johan Santana?  I had a feeling he was going to be good, I just didn’t know exactley how good he was going to be.  Just think how great he would be on a good team?  Last year (his best season), he went 13-9/3.48/1.38 and he rolled up 238 strikeouts!  Like I said, on a team like the Yankees or the Red Sox he might be a 20 game winner.  Another great reason to love this card is the fact that this card highlights what he did to the Red Sox, calling him the Fenway Phenom.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: I do think that in a few years, Kazmir might very well be one of the most elite pitchers in baseball.  A lot of so called experts are saying that in as little as one year’s time, the Rays might be one of the best teams in the American League.  I really think that he not only will be the ace of what ever staff he is going to be on, but he will be the ace of what ever league he will be in.  To get this card for under a dollar, is insane and I was thrilled I could get it this cheap.

Will if ever be worth more? Will he become as collectible as Johna Santana?  I don’t know but I really hope so.  Seeing this card double would bring a smile to my face.  Tell me what you think about Kazmir.

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | 2 Comments

Cheap Game Used – Alex Rios

Player’s Name: Alex Rios

Player’s Position: OF

Player’s Current Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this card off of eBay for 75 cents.

Set it’s from: 2007 Bowman Sterling

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $10.00.

Why I like this card: Alex is only 26 years old and already has two All Star appearances.  He was slowly becoming a good hitter, but really put it all together last year when he went 0.297/24/85/17.  This year many “experts” expect big things out of him.  What I don’t like is that, besides the shot of his back and butt, we don’t get to see his face.  I thought that was the whole point of cards.  Why have a card that doesn’t show you the player’s face.  Is it that horrific? The other thing I like about this card is the black Jersey swatch.  usually you get a grey or white one.  It’s nice to see a strange color every once in a while.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Well 75 cents for this card is a great price.  Not only did I end up getting a solid up and commer, but who knows?  Maybe he will take off this year and hit 30 homers. He is off to a slow start this year only going 0.306/2/14 over the first month, but his homer totals always start peaking in late May / early June so keep your eyes open for that.  I think over time if he continues to hit his stride in the bigs, his card might go up, but I think he would have to switch markets to see a dramatic rise in his card values.

Will if ever be worth more? No, I don’t think so. Other than his rookie cards, none of his recent cards have been sought after.  Maybe in the long term we might see some change but I tend to think that his current pricing might remain his only pricing.

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | 1 Comment

No new post today

I accidently left the scan I had for today (on a USB key) at home. I might post tonight when I get home, sorry. I suck!

April 30, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

Cheap Game Used – Billy Wagner

Player’s Name: Billy Wagner

Player’s Position: P – Closer

Player’s Current Team: New York Mets

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this card off of eBay for 20 cents.

Set it’s from: 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $10.00.

Why I like this card: I really don’t feel one way or the other for Billy. I just know that when he is healthy, he is a heck of a closer. I think the Mets took a real gamble on him when they signed him to a big contract. But for the most part, it has worked out pretty well for them. Overall he has 364 saves, which is 7th all time. Not too shabby for a guy that was given up on in 2005. People though he was cooked, but really, he’s been doing the same thing year in and year out for 14 years. He is 36 years old and probably only has 2 more good years left in him, he will finish with about 425 career saves and then he’ll have to sit back and wait to see if he has a shot at getting in the Hall.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: First off, 20 cents for anyone is a cheap hit. Wagner or not. Wagner has the added bonus of being one of the best that ever closed. Do you think he is a Hall of Famer? I’m not sure since it’s about as easy for closers to get in as designated hitters. I think if they treated the position as any other one he would be in, but truthfully, he never dominated any season. The best he ever did in Cy Young voting was 4th. I’m going to say he won’t get in, but that’s just my opinion.

Will if ever be worth more? No, I don’t think so. He just wan’t one of those sought after guys. I just don’t see his cards going up in value. Especially if he doesn’t make the Hall of Fame.

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Autographs – Brendon Harris

Player’s Name: Brendon Harris

Player’s Position: 2B

Player’s Current Team: Minnesota Twins. Pictured with the Tampa Bay Rays (Just feels wrong to not throw in a Devil there doesn’t it?)

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this through a trade with Mario at Wax Heaven

Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series One

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $8.00.

Why I like this card: When I first saw this card in Mario’s box break, I wanted it. Something about how he performed last year told me he might become someone would would be pretty decent. Last year with the Rays (his 5th team since 2004) he put up some decent numbers (0.286/12/59). This year, he leads the Twins in batting average (0.306), but his strikeout rate is up 21 in 89 at bats, which might spell his demise if he can’t get that under control. The homers and RBIs will come, it’s only a matter of time. He will not become an upper echelon 2B guy but he might become a solid player who you can keep in your lineup and won’t hurt you.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Well I got it for a card that I paid no more than $2 for so, if he does well great if not, it’s OK, I’ll live. I think though, any time you can get an autograph for 2 dollars and under, go for it, because you never know what could happen.

Will if ever be worth more? Possibly, but let’s be realistic, unless he pounds out 40 homers, he will always be a common in this day and age.

April 28, 2008 Posted by | cheap autographs | , , , | 1 Comment

Bad Game Used – Cameron Maybin

Player’s Name: Cameron Mayin

Player’s Position: OF

Player’s Current Team: Carolina Mudcats (Pictured with the Detroit Tigers)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $2.99 for a pack at Walmart

Set it’s from: 2008 Topps Series one

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $8.00.

Why I like this card: At first I loved the idea of a young prospect who WAS going to start in the Marlins outfield this year. The truth is though I don’t know what to think of him. He is very young, and he’s no A-Rod or Pujols, so what should the Marlins do? I’ll tell you, let him do a year at AA and one at AAA and let him groom his hitting. Right now he can’t hit MLB pitching. He couldn’t do it in Detroit and he didn’t do it this spring with Florida. Can he do it? I don’t know. All I know is he needs time to mature and that isn’t what the parent club really wants. My bet is that he is going to grind out a 8-10 year career and be done by 30. I just don’t see him making an impact in the league.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Prospecting can be difficult and I think that Cameron is a perfect example of why not to go crazy over uber prospects. In the end they have to be able to hit major league pitching. Something that I’m just not sure he can do. Maybe if they give him time to develop he can but I don’t think they will and I wouldn’t be surprised if they attempt to move him again in the next year or two. He is no Hanley Ramirez (even though they were hoping he would be).

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?: Maybe? But probably not.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Game Used – Vlad Guerrero / Alfonso Soriano

Players Names: Vladimir Guerrero / Alfonso Soriano

Players Positions: OF – Guerrero / 2B – Soriano

Players Current Teams: California Angels (Guerrero) and Chicago Cubs (Pictured with the Texas Rangers, Soriano)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $1.25 on eBay

Set it’s from: 2005 Fleer Authentix

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $15.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.

Why I like this card: What’s not to like? You get two of the premier hitters in the league jerseys on the same card.  Both are on their way to the Hall of Fame. Vlad in 13 seasons has 2000 hits and 368 home runs. Where as Soriano, who has 231 homers and 231 stolen bases in 10 years, including a 40/40 season may not be a shoe in, but he has some nice credentials.  Plus I love the design of this card.  It’s meant to look like a ticket and actually Steve from White Sox Cards blog wrote about this on Things done to sports cards blog.  But what I really like about this card is the dueling players in the middle of their peaks, and a swatch of jersey from both of them.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: To players at the peaks of their careers, both are monster hitters and I get both of their jerseys on one card!  I’ll buy this card up all day at a buck and change a pop.  You can’t tell me that when they are all done with baseball, this card won’t be worth more.  It has to be right?  I don’t do prospecting but I would be floored if this card doesn’t go up in value.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Minor Star?: Damn I hope so!  Can it ever be worth less than what I paid for it?  I doubt it, but if one or both of these guys head to the Hall of Fame, shouldn’t this card’s price go up?  I would think so.

April 26, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cheap Game Used – Josh Beckett

Player’s Name: Josh Beckett

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: Boston Red Sox (Pictured with the Florida Marlins)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay

Set it’s from: 2005 Fleer Skybox

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $15.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.

Why I like this card: I know, I know it’s another Red Sox guy. You know I hate them, but at least I respect them. Actually Beckett was along the Rich Harden line of player. He was one of those hard throwing guys, you just knew would do well in the pros. Unfortunately for Josh he started out on the Marlins. At least he got to play on some good teams (pre-fire sale). I still think he throws incorrectly, because he gets too many blisters and sore shoulders, I think he uses too much arm and not enough leg in his delivery. I think some day he might go down as an elite pitcher, and if last year’s stats are any indicator I think he has a nice road ahead of him, but he’s got to become smarter at his delivery.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: OK he was average with the Marlins and it wasn’t until he got on a winning team (the Red Sox) did he do anything with his talent. I don’t think he is Hall of Fame material, he may never hit 200 wins let alone 300. But he is going to be remembered for winning a couple of World Series and beating some great Yankee teams. If you can get all that in a jersey swatch for less than a dollar, I don’t see how you can go wrong.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Minor Star?: No, and since he probably won’t be a Hall of Fame pitcher, he may never even make it to semi star status.

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Michael Bush

Player’s Name: Michael Bush

Player’s Position: RB

Player’s Current Team: Oakland Raiders

Price I Paid for the Card: Got it in a pack for $2.99 bought at Target.

Set it’s from: 2007 Playoff Absolute Memoribilia

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $8.00, but I don’t understand why.

Why I like this card: Well, I guess I like it because it has a jersey swatch.  What’s cheesy though is the fact it isn’t actually game worn, it’s an event worn jersey.  This is where the card industry has become a bit weaselly. The create events for the rookies, make them wear jerseys so they can cut them up and put them into cards.  I mean I understand why, Michael Bush had no chance of seeing the field last year.  He is behind Fargas, Rhodes, Jordan and now possibly McFadden.  Can you say expendable?  There isn’t a whole lot to like about this card other than the fact, it’s a running back and a rookie, with a piece of pseudo used jersey in it.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: If he came out after his senior season, I think he would have done better in the NFL.  Instead he jumped early because of the injury and now is mired in the underbelly of the NFL.  He is the kind of player you expect to find in an arena near you one day (arena football) of maybe play a bit north of the border.  To be honest though, he may not be cut out for either of those leagues.  The injury definitely hampered him, but he has good guys to learn from, real working class running backs.  So let’s see what he can do in season 2.0.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?: No, he just is a fringe NFL player at best.  Look for this card in a dollar bin near you.

April 23, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , | 1 Comment

Cheap Game Used – Pedro Martinez

Player’s Name: Pedro Martinez

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: New York Mets (Pictured with the Boston Red Sox)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay

Set it’s from: 2002 Fleer Platinum

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $15.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.

Why I like this card: First off, I hate Pedro Martinez, yep I said it.  I hate him because he is a Yankee killer plain and simple.  I don’t discredit the fact that for a 14 year stretch, he was one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball.  It’s just that he played for the Red Sox and was (for a while) public enemy number one for Yankee fans.  I like the card because it is of him as a Red Sox, and I think that’s where he became Hall of Fame worthy.  You might scoff at me for even thinking that he was HOF worthy, but the numbers are simple.  He has 209 wins, a career ERA of 2.81, a career WHIP of 1.03 and 3031 strikeouts which puts him 15th all time. Now couple that with his 3 Cy Youngs, 3rd all time in win – loss percentage, 3rd all time in WHIP, 5th all time in hits/9 innings, 3rd all time in strikeouts/9 innings, . . . starting to get the picture?

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: He was arguably one of the most dominant pitchers of the 90’s and early 00’s.  He is probably a first ballot Hall of Famer and I got this card for 99 cents.  I think when we look back on this period he is going to be one of the few pitchers we remember, Shilling, Clemens, Santana and Martinez.  When we start looking back we are going to see his card prices increase and this will look like a steal.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Semi Star?: No, but I do think when he gets into the Hall of Fame his card prices will go up.  Just ask Goose Gossage.

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , | 1 Comment

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