Bad Hits

Cheap Game Used – Rod Carew


Player’sName: Rod Carew

Player’s Position: 1B / 2B

Player’s Current Team: None but he is pictured with the California Angels

Price I Paid for the Card: $0.99, it was from an eBay auction.

Set it’s from: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads

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: Rod Carew is another one of those unappreciated Hall of Fame guys. If you look back at his numbers, he never really put up anything special. He was one of those “hang around long enough, and get enough hits (3000)” Hall of Fame guys. I remember the Angels Jerseys from back then, I don’t remember a large part of the jersey that was red. So that leads me to believe that maybe we are looking at the belt line of the pants. I think when you select a picture for a classic athlete, the picture should highlight what you remember best about the athlete. Like for Mickey Mantle, maybe a picture of hit swinging for the fences. The picture for Carew has him on the bases. Sure he stole his share of bases, but when you think of Carew, you think slap hitter, so a perfect picture would be one of him slapping one into the gap.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: $0.99 for a Hall of Fame jersey card. Over and over I am able to find Hall of Fame member’s jersey cards for under 2 dollars, which just seems crazy to me.  I understand that there was an influx of jersey cards in the early part of the century and maybe more than ever from 2005-2007 but it’s Rod Carew.  Maybe I am one of the few people who remember the heaps of praise the guy got, every time he was on TV.   Or more than likely, maybe I am one of the few people out there that has a jersey card collection.  Who knows, but landing this card for under $2 is crazy, plus it’s an odd swatch of all red, which is neat itself.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a Minor Star?: No, he’s already in the Hall of Fame and completely out of the limelight.  He has done everything he can at this point so I guess he is relegated to that classification forever.


March 27, 2008 - Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , ,

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