Bad Game Used – Manny Ramirez
Player’s Name: Manny Ramirez
Player’s Position: OF
Player’s Current Team: Boston Red Sox
Price I Paid for the Card: $1.99 for the pack of cards it came in.
Set it’s from: 2008 Topps Series one
What it’s Worth: I would consider it an unlisted star and last year’s Topps Highlights Relics run about $10.00 according to Beckett. It is listed on eBay and is going for $8.00 consistently.
Why I like this card: Manny has always been one of the go to guys in collecting, so when I opened a pack and found this card in there, I was blown away. The odds in hitting this card was 1:244, but oddly enough it was not serially numbered. When I see Manny doing anything I like to think of what he thinks about. So for this picture I was thinking, Manny during the at bat:
Manny (inner voice): That lunch sure was good, maybe I’ll go there tomorrow.
Manny (inner voice): I’ve really been feeling tired lately, sure hope skip sits me for a day of rest soon.
Manny (inner voice): I wonder what kind of spread they’ll have for after the game.
Manny (inner voice): My dreads are getting long, I really should get them shortened.
Manny (inner voice): That stupid kid just threw me a fastball, doesn’t he know Manny loves to hit fastballs.
I remember when I played baseball and my mind was 100% focused on the game and the situations around me. Somehow, I think if Manny were to do that, his game would get screwed up. Maybe it’s just best for Manny to be Manny.
Why it’s a Bad Hit: Thanks to a market that has been completely flooded with game used cards, this card is worth the base minimum. You could probably get it on eBay for $4 if you really set your mind and sniper account to it. I put this as a bad hit because you would think it would be worth more. You have one of the more dominant players in baseball, in the World Series and it’s his jersey. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to find this card in a pack. I thought for sure it would be worth at least $50, boy was I let down when I found out the price.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: Maybe if Manny is put into the Hall of Fame but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything for card prices now a days. I guess in short probably not.