Cheap Game Used – Chipper Jones
Player’s Name: Chipper Jones
Player’s Position: 3B/OF
Player’s Current Team: Atlanta Braves
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay
Set it’s from: 2001 Topps Reserve
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $15.00 but as you can see it is quite a bit cheaper on eBay.
Why I like this card: Back in 1990 when the Braves were trying to decide between Chipper and Todd Van Popel, at the time it was a difficult choice. Todd was the consensus number one overall pick, but he threatened to go to college if the Braves drafted him (since at that time the Braves were awful). So the Braves not knowing if they could sign Van Popel, went with a relatively unknown Chipper Jones. I bet they look back on that and smile. He was definitely better between the two hands down. I have since followed his career from the minors to the majors as he has become possibly the best hitter in Braves history. He has one MVP award and is a career 0.308 hitter. He is probably going to the Hall when it’s all said and done. The photo on this card is great, it’s just after he popped up with 2 aboard and 2 outs, he is taking off his gloves and waiting for his mitt. Not the picture I would choose for this card that’s for sure.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: 99 cents for a guy who should be heading to Cooperstown? That’s ridiculous don’t you think? He will get over 500 home runs, maybe even get to the 3000 hit level. The industry should be ashamed that I can get this card as cheap as I did. I know that there are more game used material cards on the market today than ever but come on, he’s a Hall of Fame caliber player, how can I get his card for 99 cents. Where as if I try and get a Joba card it would gost me 30 – 40 x more. How is that possible? How does that happen? Just think Chamberlain could be the next Van Popel.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an unlisted star?:I don’t think so, simply because he has never been in that upper echelon group of players that command the biggest dollars when it come to cards.