Bad Autograph – Sean Casey
Player’s Name: Sean Casey
Player’s Position: 1B
Player’s Current Team: Boston Red Sox
Price I Paid for the Card: Paid $1 at a card show in Freehold, NJ.
Set it’s from: 1999 Upper Deck SP.
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed at $8 as an unlisted common. On eBay, I saw it listed for $15 but only one seller.
Why I like this card: In 1999, I saw Sean as one of those up and coming players. He had limited time in the majors, but in 1999 he became the starting first baseman for the Reds. He rewarded them by putting up a 0.332/25/99 season. I was hooked. I saw him progressing into another one of those 30 – 40 HR type first basemen. Well unfortunately he never really developed into that guy. I wasn’t even sure if he was still playing (I had to check the Boston roster), sure enough he listed under Youkillis on the first base depth chart. I have to say though when he was in his prime I loved putting him on my fantasy team because he always had a decent batting average and had some pop.
Why it’s a Bad Hit: He started off as such a good power hitter, but curtailed off right as the whole steroid thing popped up. He just never lived up to that 1999 season. Also if you look carefully at this card, you’ll notice the sloppy autograph (unlike Mike Lowell’s). Not only that, but he must have been using a thick Sharpie and this must have been one of the last autographs. since the signing is so wide and it appears as though the ink is starting to run out.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Common?: With only 1500 hits and 130 homers and he is past his prime years. It’s not going up unless the Sox win the Series and Sean is the MVP. So in short, NO.