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.
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.
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.
Player’s Name: Juan Gonzalez
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.