Cheap Game Used – Tony Gwynn
Player’s Name: Tony Gwynn
Player’s Position: OF
Player’s Current Team: San Diego Padres
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $1.26 on eBay
Set it’s from: 2001 Upper Deck Legends
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for a very cheap $15.00, I am not sure why but you can find a lot of Tony Gwynn Jerseys and such very cheap on eBay.
Why I like this card: I got this card as I was going through my contemporary Hall of Fame members period. I wanted to get game used cards of all players who recently got into the Hall of Fame. I was of the age where I got to see Tony’s entire career unfold. I watched him as a pudgy little rookie who had wheels that you would never believe by looking at him. Until he became a stately member of baseball who was almost considered a living legend. I just liked seeing him play even though he was on a team I cared little about. I think the best I ever felt for him was when he walked into Yankee Stadium late in his career for a World Series game, the first time in his long career he played in a World Series and the first time in his career he played in Yankee Stadium. That must have felt incredible. I think as an adult I can appreciate it more, seeing that I saw him through every stage of his career.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: It’s Tony Gwynn, the guy is a living legend in the baseball world. I don’t quite understand why his cards (especially jersey ones) are running so cheap, but get them while you can. He was never considered an upper echelon player and I think that is part of the reason it’s not worth as much as you would think. He was a hits guy, with a little speed, but just a hitting machine.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More?: No, he is done with his career and has been elected to the Hall of Fame, I think his card is about as high as it is going to get.