Bad Hits

Bad Game Used – Cameron Maybin

Player’s Name: Cameron Mayin

Player’s Position: OF

Player’s Current Team: Carolina Mudcats (Pictured with the Detroit Tigers)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $2.99 for a pack at Walmart

Set it’s from: 2008 Topps Series one

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $8.00.

Why I like this card: At first I loved the idea of a young prospect who WAS going to start in the Marlins outfield this year. The truth is though I don’t know what to think of him. He is very young, and he’s no A-Rod or Pujols, so what should the Marlins do? I’ll tell you, let him do a year at AA and one at AAA and let him groom his hitting. Right now he can’t hit MLB pitching. He couldn’t do it in Detroit and he didn’t do it this spring with Florida. Can he do it? I don’t know. All I know is he needs time to mature and that isn’t what the parent club really wants. My bet is that he is going to grind out a 8-10 year career and be done by 30. I just don’t see him making an impact in the league.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Prospecting can be difficult and I think that Cameron is a perfect example of why not to go crazy over uber prospects. In the end they have to be able to hit major league pitching. Something that I’m just not sure he can do. Maybe if they give him time to develop he can but I don’t think they will and I wouldn’t be surprised if they attempt to move him again in the next year or two. He is no Hanley Ramirez (even though they were hoping he would be).

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?: Maybe? But probably not.

April 27, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Michael Bush

Player’s Name: Michael Bush

Player’s Position: RB

Player’s Current Team: Oakland Raiders

Price I Paid for the Card: Got it in a pack for $2.99 bought at Target.

Set it’s from: 2007 Playoff Absolute Memoribilia

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $8.00, but I don’t understand why.

Why I like this card: Well, I guess I like it because it has a jersey swatch.  What’s cheesy though is the fact it isn’t actually game worn, it’s an event worn jersey.  This is where the card industry has become a bit weaselly. The create events for the rookies, make them wear jerseys so they can cut them up and put them into cards.  I mean I understand why, Michael Bush had no chance of seeing the field last year.  He is behind Fargas, Rhodes, Jordan and now possibly McFadden.  Can you say expendable?  There isn’t a whole lot to like about this card other than the fact, it’s a running back and a rookie, with a piece of pseudo used jersey in it.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: If he came out after his senior season, I think he would have done better in the NFL.  Instead he jumped early because of the injury and now is mired in the underbelly of the NFL.  He is the kind of player you expect to find in an arena near you one day (arena football) of maybe play a bit north of the border.  To be honest though, he may not be cut out for either of those leagues.  The injury definitely hampered him, but he has good guys to learn from, real working class running backs.  So let’s see what he can do in season 2.0.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?: No, he just is a fringe NFL player at best.  Look for this card in a dollar bin near you.

April 23, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , | 1 Comment

Bad Game Used – Matt Cain

Player’s Name: Matt Cain

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: San Francisco Giants

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $1.87 on eBay

Set it’s from: 2007 Topps Series one

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for a very cheap $10.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.

Why I like this card: It’s a funny thing.  Here is a guy who has never broken the 0.500 mark pitching and everyone loves him.  From the baseball card world, to the fantasy baseball world.  The problem is his record doesn’t lie.  That’s the kind of player he is. He had a rough start to the year, but I know he’ll put together another 12-12/3.85/1.26 year, because that’s the kind of player he is.  I like the card though, because I like all the highlight cards from the Topps sets.  This year’s set I already have 5 of them and this is my 2nd from last year’s set.  I just like the card design, and I like looking at highlights from last year.  In this card it highlights his 6 game tear from August – September 2006.  I think he can do that again, but he is going to need some help.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: The problem with player prospecting is two fold. Lay down low money in hopes of a Pujols type return.  The hotter the prospect, the mosre we expect from them.  It adds pressure on a real level.  Matt Cain was certainly supposed to be something special.  I’m not saying he isn’t going to be, but to me, it looks like he has quite a hill to climb.  I could very well be wrong, but I think in the end he might win 120 games and end up with a record around 0.550, an ERA around 4.00 and a WHIP around 1.30.  Is that a bad thing?  Of course not, it means he was able to stay in the league for more than a decade.  But to us the card collector, it sucks.  That’s why I don’t prospect.  I can’t understand why some 18 year old hitting 0.350 in A+ ball is worth hundreds of dollars, when someone who is in the league hitting 0.300 isn’t even worth a 1% of that.  How can that be? Damn the rookie card!

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?:No, I really doubt it.  I think we are looking at a career 0.500 pitcher and those cards aren’t worth much.

April 21, 2008 Posted by | bad game used, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Carlos Guillen

Player’s Name: Carlos Guillen

Player’s Position: SS

Player’s Current Team: Detroit Tigers

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 $8.

Why I like this card: I remember way back in the late 90s of a super hot prospect (just 22 years old!) who was going to make Mariner fans forget about Alex Rodriguez.  Yes, believe it or not, that is the same Carlos Guillen pictured above.  This is why I don’t put stock in hot hitting rookies. Carlos never became the next A-Rod, and it took him longer to mature than Mariners brass thought but finally at the age of 28, freshly traded to the Tigers, he made the leap.  He went from a 0.270/8/50 guy to a 0.310/20/80 guy.  Since it took him longer to reach his peak, he may have a few more years left in his peak, but overall, I think he has had his best seasons.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Don’t get me wrong, I like finding jersey cards in my packs, but sometimes you get them and you are wondering why Upper Deck even bothered.  I think only the upper tier of players should get jersey cards.  You want to be excited when you get a jersey card.  You don’t want to sit there and scratch your head as to why you got it.  When I saw this one, I was like, ok, it’s a Carlos Guillen card, so now what do I do?  Well it just sits in my badhits pile until someone wants to trade me for him.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: Not a chance.  He is past his prime, and he can only get worse from here, which is’t wonderful to begin with.

April 15, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Tommy John

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Player’s Name: Tommy John

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: None, he is retired (Pictured with the California Angels)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay .

Set it’s from: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads

What it’s Worth: It is listed in Beckett as a minor star and set at $10. As you can see you can get it on eBay for much less.

Why I like this card: First off look at that face. It looks like he as very very chubby cheeks, kind of like he is a chipmunk. Can you imagine what he thought of when he saw the proof of this one. Holy crap! I can’t believe how freaking nutty I look, man I should have spit out those golf balls before I went in. Seriously though he may never make it in to the Hall of Fame and he really doesn’t deserve to be in the Hall, but the guy pitched for 26 years and just think 11 years into his career it was supposed to be over. Not only did he come back he continued on for another 15 seasons.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: The reason I don’t think he deserves to be in the Hall is that he pitched for 26 years and couldn’t hit 300 wins. I just think that if you pitch in 760 games, you could win less than half of them to deserve to get in the Hall. The most famous thing Tommy is famous for is obviously his surgury, so I guess if he is to get in to the Hall it’s for that surgery. But to be honest I think Dr. James Andrews deserves to be in the Hall. That’s what I really want a doctor’s coat patch from Dr James. Wouldn’t that be cool, then you could hope for the patch that actually says Dr. Andrews.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: Nah, he’s just going to have to wait it out in the Hall of Very Good. His card is going to be stuck in the commons bin forever.

April 2, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Mike Sweeney

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Player’s Name: Mike Sweeney

Player’s Position: DH

Player’s Current Team: Oakland A’s (pictured with the Kansas City Royals).

Price I Paid for the Card: $2.99 for the pack of cards purchased at Target.

Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series one

What it’s Worth: Since the 2008 Upper Deck hasn’t been priced yet, I’ll go from last year’s set and put him as a minor star worth $8.00.

Why I like this card: I think the picture in this one is another choke job but it does say a lot about his career of late. You see, Mike was once known for his high batting average, power and ability to produce RBIs, but he has since become a shell of himself after many injuries.  The Royals also have no problems finding help at 1st and DH with Shealy, Gload, Butler and even Teahen eating up the at bats. So it was off to Oakland after spending an entire career in KC (13 seasons).  I still like the idea of having a Sweeney card, because I liked him as a player and for many years liked having him on my fantasy team.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Mike was the perfect example of the baseball career bell curve.  It’s a proven fact that players start hitting their potential between the ages of 26-30.  Mike entered the league at 21 and struggled until he turned 25.  From 25 – 31 he was one of the best first basemen in the AL.  Sure he had some up and down years, but he always seemed to put up solid power numbers.  Mike’s best years are far behind him as he turns 34 this year and attempts to revamp himself as the Oakland A’s DH.  Hey it worked for Frank Thomas last year, why not?  I just don’t see it though.  Speaking statistically, he seems to be at the end of the bell curve, he might be able to put up 10 homers and 30 RBIs, but the years of crushing 20+ are gone and if he doesn’t kick butt to start the season, he’ll be long gone as well.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star?: At one point in his career, he might have been, but those days are gone now, he’s bannished to the commons bin forever.

March 23, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , | 2 Comments

Bad Game Used – Ron Gant

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Player’s Name: Ron Gant

Player’s Position:OF

Player’s Current Team: None – Team on card is California Angels

Price I Paid for the Card: $5 pack of cards, each pack was guaranteed a game used card.

Set it’s from: 2001 Pacific Private Stock

What it’s Worth: It is listed as a common and worth $10, however on eBay its running about $3.

Why I like this card: You know what Ron Gant had a pretty solid career. He was no superstar, in fact he was an anti super star.  But he hit over 300 homers in his career and that is the definition of a slugger.  Also let’s talk about the picture, two things stand out about this one, first off because of the way the sleeve is dark it looks like he only has one arm. The other thing that strikes me as funny is that it looks as though he just hit a pop up and a four letter word was coming out of his mouth when the picture was taken. Now he has to decide, should he leg it out, or just jog it and go back to the dugout.  I’m guessing it’s at the end of his career, he isn’t running this one out.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Come on it’s Ron Gant. No one is buying Ron Gant cards on purpose.  Especailly Ron Gant game used cards.  What can i say, he had no flair, I had a friend in college his name was Ed.  Ed was a huge Braves fan.  He had the new hat, he had the old school foam and mesh hat.  He dreamed of Glavine and Chipper in his sleep.  He probably had a big poster of Dale Murphy and I bet you cash right now, that he could care less about Ron Gant.  He would take a Mark Lemke or Jeff Blauser card over a Ron Gant one.  The only people collecting Ron Gant cards are his immediate family, and even that might be a stretch, his kids are probably into Pokemon.  I would give this card out as a prize except I think I’d get a return to sender on this one.  If you paid $3 for it on eBay you paid $3 too much for it. I guess that about sums up why this is a bad hit for me.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Common?: Ummmm . . . I’m going to go with no, never, no way, not a chance on this one.

March 17, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , , | 6 Comments

Bad Game Used – Juan Gonzalez

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Player’s Name: Juan Gonzalez

Player’s Position:OF

Player’s Current Team: None – Team on card is Texas Rangers

Price I Paid for the Card: $0.25 + shipping on eBay.

Set it’s from: 2002 Upper Deck Ovation

What it’s Worth: It is listed as a common and worth $10, however as you can see on eBay its running about $0.25.

Why I like this card: I bought this card because I like Juan Gonzalez. Sure he faltered late in his career but for a long time in the mid 90’s he was a constant threat to break the RBI record. I seriously felt as though he would be a Hall of Famer in the early part of his career. I guess there is a part of me, in hindsight, that thinks maybe some of this was steroid fueled. Really though, you still have to hit the home runs. He still has a shot to make the Hall, although I think it’s a long shot. What makes it close is the 2 MVPs. Also look at the picture, is it me or does Juan look really old in this picture, I actually had to do a double take because it simply didn’t look like him.  What’s the deal with the hands around the bat?  I don’t know about you, but when I used to hit, I was always taught to actually hold the bat with both hands, it makes it easier to swing the bat, you don’t have to worry about it falling out of your hands that way.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: I just don’t think that Juan ever got the respect he deserved. I mean he was a two time MVP, two of the 10 most comparable players on Baseball-Reference are Hall of Famers, but sadly I don’t think that he will ever make it. The fact I got this for 25 cents proves that he is no longer a sought after card commodity. He should have cut his losses in 2002 and left a the top of his game. Instead he stayed around way too long and I think in the end, those final few years led him to bad hit status.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Common?: Maybe, I think he deserves a shot at the Hall, and if he makes it, the card might go up in value. His 434 home runs and 2 time MVP award winner makes him intriguing, but he will probably come up short.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Edgar Renteria

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Player’s Name: Edgar Renteria

Player’s Position: SS

Player’s Current Team: Detroit Tigers

Price I Paid for the Card: $5 pack of cards, each pack was guaranteed a game used card.

Set it’s from: 2001 Pacific Private Stock

What it’s Worth: It is listed as a common and worth $10, however on eBay its running about $8.

Why I like this card: I am not really sure as to whether I actually like this card.  I mean I like all game used cards, but I’ve never really been an Edgar Renteria fan.  He’s always been one of those players, who play for teams I don’t like.  Last year he played for Atlanta, this winter he signed with Detroit.  He’s always been one of those guys that hits for a nice average, about 10-15 home runs, and gets about 15 – 20 steals a season.  All in all he’s a solid player and if he is on your team you root for him, but otherwise he just is not a very popular player, probably because his stats are so average.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: When you buy packs of cards that guarantee a game used hit in every pack, you don’t dream of Edgar Renteria.  When I opened to pack and saw the card, I remember thinking to myself, oh, it’s an Edgar Renteria bat, hmm, well, I guess it’s good.  Right?  I mean it’s kind of good.  I just don’t get any feelings when I see this card.  It’s of an average player and even worse, it’s of a bat, which I despise even further, I like jersey cards better.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Common?: No, he just doesn’t have any fan appeal.  I don’t even know if he were on your favorite team whether he would have any fan appeal at all.  I really don’t think that this card price or any Edgar Renteria card will go up for any reason.  Even though he’s been in the league forever, he entered at 20 years old and he’s only 31 right now.  He has a few years left in him, but unless he has an incredible season or two I just see this card as a common.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bad Game Used – Jeff Bagwell

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Player’s Name: Jeff Bagwell

Player’s Position: P

Player’s Current Team: Houston Astros

Price I Paid for the Card: $10 for the pack of cards it came in.

Set it’s from: 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts

What it’s Worth: What is odd is that even though I got this in a pack of 2007 Artifacts, it is actually from 2004 Upper Deck set. I would consider it an unlisted star common and 2004 Upper Deck Game Jersey cards run about $8.00 according to Beckett. It is listed on eBay and is going for $2.99.

Why I like this card: First off I am a big Bagwell fan. Personally, I think he deserves a chance at the Hall of Fame. He didn’t hit the 500 home runs or get the 3000 hits, but clutch time who would you want in their prime? Bagwell or Biggio? Very tough question but I think I would go with Bagwell. This is one of those pictures that mimics the 2008 Upper Deck Pujols card. DO you think he got the card in the mail and showed his wife, she looked at it and the following took place:

Wife: Jeff, what the heck is this?

Jeff: Honey it’s my new game used card by Upper Deck.

Wife: Sweety, it looks like you are going to the bathroom.

Jeff: Man you know I never noticed that. I just thought it was a good example of how focused I can be on the field.

Wife: Jeff the only thing it’s missing is the newspaper.

Jeff: So let me ask you honest opinion . . . is it bad? Don’t hold back!

Wife: Jeff you can’t let them publish this picture, it’s awful.

Jeff: But do you like it?

Wife: No! No! No!

Jeff: Hmmm . . . maybe I should tell them it’s a no go.

phone rings . . . .

Jeff (on phone): You got my jersey card on eBay? I didn’t think it was out yet. Well guess I’ll have to live with it then.

Wife: Oh no, how do I explain this to my friends?

Jeff: Ummm hide it from them.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: It’s a bad hit because it’s eight freaking dollars. I don’t understand why Beckett, has these cards as worthless essentially. I think when a card is 1:24 to pull it should be worth something. I think that any game used card should have a market. I don’t understand why someone like Jeff Bagwell, who at some point could end up in the Hall of Fame, has a game used card that is worth less than $10. It’s actually worth less than what I paid for the pack. How is that possible?

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: I would say yes, if he gets in the Hall of Fame, but let’s be realistic. He doesn’t hit the criteria, and he may end up stuck around the 50% mark in the voting. Since he is retired now, I would say that his chance of seeing an increase in this card is very minimal. Short answer . . . No.

March 8, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , , | 4 Comments