Cheap Game Used – Victor Martinez
Player’s Name: Victor Martinez
Player’s Current Team: Cleveland Indians
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $2.99 for the pack it was in, purchased at Target.
Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series 1
What it’s Worth: It is not listed in Beckett as of yet but last year’s version of the card would make me believe that it would book at about $10.
Why I like this card: First off, doesn’t it look like he is doing the Hiesman stance? Seriously though it is a nice action shop for such a small picture. Victor has become the defacto great catcher of the American League if not all of baseball at this point. In the minors we all knew he would become a polished superstar, now we get to see just how good he is. He is not going to be a Mike Piazza as far as his homer totals go, but he does have it in him to be a 4 tool player and I think CLeveland is happy about that. Besides he has become the leader of that team and he is so young. He shows maturity beyond his years and when he speaks in the clubhouse everyone listens.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: His average over the past 4 years is 0.301/21/104, that is some pretty heady numbers. Not the kind that you can impress at Cooperstown, but you can definitely impress opposing hitters with those numbers, that’s for certain. It’s cheap because, even If I went to buy this online right now, I could get it for 99 cents and that is ridiculous to me. We are talking about the best hitting catcher in baseball, and unlike Joe Mauer, he doesn’t get injured all the time. Sure he is on Cleveland which is the worst known team in baseball (even worse than Tampa at this point). But without him, they would not be as powerful as they are. He is not only a great hitting catcher, but he is one of the best defensively as well. Not to mention he calls a great game.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: I don;t see it happening at this point. With some more great seasons under his belt, it is definitely a possibility but right now I would have to say that these are what they are. I doubt he is Cooperstown material, but definitely in the Hall of Very good.
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