Player’s Name: Brendon Harris
Player’s Position: 2B
Player’s Current Team: Minnesota Twins. Pictured with the Tampa Bay Rays (Just feels wrong to not throw in a Devil there doesn’t it?)
Price I Paid for the Card: I got this through a trade with Mario at Wax Heaven
Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series One
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $8.00.
Why I like this card: When I first saw this card in Mario’s box break, I wanted it. Something about how he performed last year told me he might become someone would would be pretty decent. Last year with the Rays (his 5th team since 2004) he put up some decent numbers (0.286/12/59). This year, he leads the Twins in batting average (0.306), but his strikeout rate is up 21 in 89 at bats, which might spell his demise if he can’t get that under control. The homers and RBIs will come, it’s only a matter of time. He will not become an upper echelon 2B guy but he might become a solid player who you can keep in your lineup and won’t hurt you.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Well I got it for a card that I paid no more than $2 for so, if he does well great if not, it’s OK, I’ll live. I think though, any time you can get an autograph for 2 dollars and under, go for it, because you never know what could happen.
Will if ever be worth more? Possibly, but let’s be realistic, unless he pounds out 40 homers, he will always be a common in this day and age.
Player’s Name: Justin Ruggiano
Player’s Position: Outfield
Player’s Current Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay .
Set it’s from: 2008 Topps Moments and Milestones
What it’s Worth: It is not listed in Beckett and since the set is new, I have no idea how much it is going to be worth, but if I had to guess I would say $10.
Why I like this card: I got to see him play for the Durham Bulls last year and was extremely impressed. Sure he isn’t as good as Evan Longoria, but he has the power and speed combination of someone like Eric Bynes. A consistent 20-20 guy who will hit 0.280 with the ability to maybe go 30-30. I’ve gotten bats and baseball signed by him at minor league games, he is extremely personable and once the Rays finally give up on Baldelli (who as far as I’m concerned is an injury waiting to happen), we might see him slide up to the majors and stick. I thought he was going to make it during Spring Training this year, but it just wasn’t to be.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Although he is older than where you’d like your super prospects to be, he is still pretty young at 26 and if he gets a chance to get to the majors this year (which he should), then he’d be hitting his peak years, just as he got into the league. I think I’m more curious than anything else, I do really believe if given the chance he could be a star for them. Could you imagine with Crawford and Upton already there, just put him out in CF and you might just have to most productive outfield in baseball. Has there ver been a team that had 3 20/20 guys in the outfield? That would be outstanding for the Rays. A Ray of Hope if you will.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: Given his age and the roadblock at the parent club, I am leaning towards no, but if Baldelli gets hurt, and he get’s a chance, look out we might see him creep up a bit.
Player’s Name: Mark Reynolds
Player’s Position: 3B
Player’s Current Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Price I Paid for the Card: $2.00 purchased on eBay.
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: Reynolds hit the MLB seen with a proverbial bang. He became to no name slugger you everyone had to have on their fantasy league team. He had always been known for his power, but I don’t think anyone was ready for what he did for the Diamond backs last year. in 366 at bats (so a little more than half a season’s worth) he went 0.279/17/62. I think he is going to be a terrific hitter but in order to become elite, he is going to have to learn how to cut down on the strikeouts. He is not going to put up A-Rod numbers, but then again, A-Rod may be one of the best hitters in baseball history when it’s all said and done. No, I would expect Glaus like numbers. At least for the first part of his career. He may never pass the 40 homer plateau, but I see bright things ahead for him.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Being Reynolds is one of the hot young players in the game, I was surprised to see his card worth so little on eBay. Sure he doesn’t have the name recognition of a Fielder or a Chaimberlain, but give him a year or two and he might be up there with those names. I find it a lot harder to find cheap autographs on eBay than finding cheap jerseys. When you stumble across an auto under the $4 mark, you have to take advantage of it. Even if it isn’t a player who is fully developed into a major leaguer yet (like Reynolds). I a curious to know what you guys think of Reynolds. Since you now know about my man crush on him.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a minor star?: This is a tough one to answer. If he goes out and has the career I think he is capable of, maybe this will become a more valuable card. Of course if he goes out and just hammers the ball this year, then absolutely. Of course if the opposite happens, this will just become another worthless autograph. It should be fun to see what will happen.