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 – Morgan Ensberg

Player’s Name: Morgan Ensberg

Player’s Position: 1B/3B

Player’s Current Team: New York Yankees (Pictured with the Houston Astros)

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: OK, where do I start. Let’s start with, he’s pictured in a Houston Astros number 14 jersey and the card has him lited as number 2 playing for the San Diego Padres. This was originally caught on WaxBreaker by Spud. Now I know it’s not unheard of for card companies to do this, and they do this now more than ever, but man how bad does something like this look. In this day and age, you couldn’t find one picture of Ensburg in his Padres uniform? To be honest though, any player moved before 12/30 should have a card on his new team, with his new jersey.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: The one thing that I am absolutely blown away from is that he is only two years removed from 4th in MVP voting during his 2005 season when he went 0.283/36/101. How did he go from that to maybe 250 at bats a year as a back up to Jason Giambi AND Shelly Duncan? That’s just crazy, did he skills really deteriorate that quickly? If he was given another starting slot could he make a go fo it and get back to his 2005 numbers? I have no idea, but the MLB clubs don’t think so.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: No, unfortunately his best years are behind him and I think in two more years, he might not even be in baseball. Now that’s sad. Such a bright future just two years ago, I just don;t get it.

April 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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 – Jeremy Sowers

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Player’s Name: Jeremy Sowers

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: Jeremy Sowers

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 don’t know if anyone ever saw the movie Johnny B Good with Anthony Michael Hall, but during one of the scenes, the coach asks to see their game face, I think that the above picture is Jeremy’s game face. This card represents my only time in pack searching since I’ve come back to the hobby. I don’t like pack searchers, but I had to see what an average bout of pack searching would yield. I bought one pack it took me about 10 minutes to find it and this is the result. One very bad pull. I know that he is an up and comer, but if he can’t make this rotation after 2 years, I think he is doomed in his career.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: The pack searching idea was an experiment. I read a lot of stories about how every pack searcher pulls big hit after big hit. The truth is, sometimes actually if I had to guess, most times, you end up with something like this. I’m not sure what to think of Sowers. He is still pretty young (24) but last year he went 1-6 with a 6.23 ERA,if I had to take a guess, he is one of those guys that needs another pitch. He is not a strikeout guy, so he has to use his pitches wisely since he can’t just simply overpower him. It might just be a mute point though, as he is not in the majors, and may not be until someone gets injured, even then though it might be a smarter move for the Indians to bring up someone else since Jeremy hasn’t proven himself in the majors after two seasons.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: I really can’t see it happening, it may not have any value in the future (other than to his family) if he doesn’t get his head in the game and start performing. All in all bad hit!

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Bad Game Used – Dontrelle Willis

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Player’s Name: Dontrelle Willis

Player’s Position: P

Player’s Current Team: Detroit Tigers (pictured with the Florida Marlins).

Price I Paid for the Card: $19.99 for the blaster box purchased at Walmart.

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: The D-Train has been one of my favorite pitchers for a while now.  I just like watching the way he pitches.  I still remember his rookie year in 2003 when he went 14-6/3.30/1.28 and won Rookie of the Year honors.  Sure he had a rough time in 2004, but in 2005 he was right back where he left off.  He went 22-10/2.63/1.13 and finished runner up to Cris Carpenter for the Cy Young award.  Some people seem to think that at the age of 26 he might be washed up after putting up back to back rough years for the Marlins in 2006 and 2007, but I’m not one of those people.  He’s only 26 and should be just entering the prime of his career.  In this case, A change of scenery might help with his game. Don’t forget now he has won 68 games in 5 years so on average he wins almost 14 games a year.  This is just one of a few D-Train jersey cards I have.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: I felt so ripped off when I finally got this card in the last pack of the blaster box.  I plunked down $20 and I was really hoping for something decent as my jersey card.  In 2004 this would have been one of the most sought after cards, but in 2008, it just isn’t. Just be aware that anytime you plunk down big bucks for an Upper Deck box, don’t expect to find a one of one card or even one of a superstar, as you will see as this blog continues, there are plenty of terrible cards I have gotten for the 2008 Upper Deck set.  Not all jersey cards are good ones, just see the Mike Sweeney one I got a few posts ago.  I think Mario even commented that every Mike Sweeney jersey card is a bad hit.  With D-Train though, there is a chance he can turn his career around.  I think since we are entering his prime it should go better for him in Detroit.
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 (for now),Who knows? Stranger things have happened.

March 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

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 – 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