Player’s Name: Alex Rios
Player’s Position: OF
Player’s Current Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Set it’s from: 2007 Bowman Sterling
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $10.00.
Why I like this card: Alex is only 26 years old and already has two All Star appearances. He was slowly becoming a good hitter, but really put it all together last year when he went 0.297/24/85/17. This year many “experts” expect big things out of him. What I don’t like is that, besides the shot of his back and butt, we don’t get to see his face. I thought that was the whole point of cards. Why have a card that doesn’t show you the player’s face. Is it that horrific? The other thing I like about this card is the black Jersey swatch. usually you get a grey or white one. It’s nice to see a strange color every once in a while.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Well 75 cents for this card is a great price. Not only did I end up getting a solid up and commer, but who knows? Maybe he will take off this year and hit 30 homers. He is off to a slow start this year only going 0.306/2/14 over the first month, but his homer totals always start peaking in late May / early June so keep your eyes open for that. I think over time if he continues to hit his stride in the bigs, his card might go up, but I think he would have to switch markets to see a dramatic rise in his card values.
Will if ever be worth more? No, I don’t think so. Other than his rookie cards, none of his recent cards have been sought after. Maybe in the long term we might see some change but I tend to think that his current pricing might remain his only pricing.