Cheap Game Used – Todd Helton
Player’s Name: Todd Helton
Player’s Position: 1B
Player’s Current Team: Colorado Rockies
Price I Paid for the Card: $0.99, it was from an eBay auction.
Set it’s from: 2002 Fleer eX
What it’s Worth: Beckett has the card listed as a minor star and as such it’s worth $8.00.
Why I like this card: Love the pinstripe, but why the heck is it running side to side? All I can think of is that maybe it’s part of the shoulder? Or maybe I’m just thinking to hard on this one. When Todd came out of the University of Tennessee in 1995, it was widely expected that he make the pros quickly (2 years) and to be a force for quite a few years. There are many people out there that believe that he was on steroids. That may or may not be true, but what I do see is his stats trailing off as he exited his prime years. This is not uncommon at all, and actually what is weird is his batting average hasn’t taken a hit. He is hitting in the 0.320s now instead of 0.360s but still over an eleven year career he has a 0.332 average. Which when you think about how good pitching is now a days is ridiculous. I think he still has many good years left in him and at some point, as long as his body holds up, he is going to get to the 3000 hit plateau, although 500 home runs seems like a stretch.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Todd may have been one of the more sought after players at the turn of the century, but times have changed quite a bit and now, although he does put up some great numbers year after year, he’s just a minor star. It seems silly to me that someone who will eventually land in the Hall of Fame, would have a card of this caliber in the $1 bin. One thing that has always bothered me about Todd is the fact he has no chin, I think that’s why he grew that serious goatee. I think though it looks ridiculous on him, and makes him kind of cavemansih.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a Minor Star?: Possibly if he makes the Hall of Fame, but his best days are behind him now and it seems like a stretch to think his cards are going to go up.
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