Bad Hits

Cheap Game Used – Scott Kazmir

Player’s Name: Scott Kazmir

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: Tampa Bay Rays

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this card off of eBay for 50 cents.

Set it’s from: 2007 Topps

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $10.00.

Why I like this card: When the Mets traded away this stud to Tampa for essentially Victor Zambrano, I knew it was going to be a huge mistake.  Could you imagine what Scott could have done behind Johan Santana?  I had a feeling he was going to be good, I just didn’t know exactley how good he was going to be.  Just think how great he would be on a good team?  Last year (his best season), he went 13-9/3.48/1.38 and he rolled up 238 strikeouts!  Like I said, on a team like the Yankees or the Red Sox he might be a 20 game winner.  Another great reason to love this card is the fact that this card highlights what he did to the Red Sox, calling him the Fenway Phenom.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: I do think that in a few years, Kazmir might very well be one of the most elite pitchers in baseball.  A lot of so called experts are saying that in as little as one year’s time, the Rays might be one of the best teams in the American League.  I really think that he not only will be the ace of what ever staff he is going to be on, but he will be the ace of what ever league he will be in.  To get this card for under a dollar, is insane and I was thrilled I could get it this cheap.

Will if ever be worth more? Will he become as collectible as Johna Santana?  I don’t know but I really hope so.  Seeing this card double would bring a smile to my face.  Tell me what you think about Kazmir.

May 3, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | 2 Comments

Cheap Game Used – James Shields

Player’s Name: Jame Shields

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: Tampa Bay D…. Rays

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.45 on eBay

Set it’s from: 2007 Fleer Ultra

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for a very cheap $8.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.

Why I like this card: By now if you read my posts, you know I have a big time man crush on Jame Shields.  Much like Mario’s crush on Andrew Miller (except Shields isn’t quite so wild).  I think if Shields was on another team, you would see him in a different light.  It’s tough to like a guy that is on such a bad team, but give them another year and they will be battling the Yankees for second place in the east.  James though, what a gamer, he really came on last season when he went 12-8/3.85/1.107.  What those numbers don’t show is how electric his stuff can be.  He is definitively one of those pitchers that I could easily line up and pay to see pitch.  I only wish I knew about him, when he was still in Durham.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: I think over time, he is going to be one hell of a pitcher.  Not a Hall of Fame pitcher, but I think he is going to win a lot of games and at some point might even be regarded as one of the premier pitchers in the AL.  My only hope for him is that at some point in his career, he has the sense to jump ship and get on a real contender and I hope it’s before he losses his desire to win (from being on the Rays).  My real hope is that the Yankees line up and offer the Rays a ton to get him, I think he is that good.  In the end though, he’ll find his way over to the Mets, after all the Rays owe them,for stealing Scott Kazmir.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Common?: Right now, I’d say no, but give him a few seasons and see where he is, he might just surprise you.

April 19, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | 2 Comments

Cheap Game Used: James Shields

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Player’s Name: Jame Shields

Player’s Position: P

Player’s Current Team: James Shields

Price I Paid for the Card: $2.99 for the pack of cards it came in.

Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series One

What it’s Worth: Beckett hasn’t listed the set yet, last year’s set has the game used cards at $8 for common game used cards.

Why I like this card: I got to see James pitch in the minors and I immediately knew he was going to be a very good pitcher. When he got promoted to the majors, I got pretty stoked and followed his season. He had a tough first season where he went 6-8/4.84/1.44 but had 104 strikeouts in 124 innings. Things changed for him in 2007 he went 12-8/3.85/1.11 with 184 strikeouts in 224 innings pitched. I’d like to say that he is going to be a superstar but I’m a realist. He’s on a team that the best they can do is finish 3rd. I predict a similar record to last year (at least I hope). If he does real well, he gets a chance to get traded and that would mean a chance at a title. The funny part of this card is obviously the middle finger he is giving us. I mean I know he isn’t but it sure does look like it.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: I got it in a pack and was thrilled to get this one. I have such bad luck in getting hits in packs, of course not of late, but I was excited none the less.  I checked out the card on eBay and it looks like it runs about a dollar.  I have no idea how James is going to turn out.  I would say this would be a big year for him, if he can turn around and have a terrific season, give the Rays a quality number 2 guy behind Kazmir, that would be great.  He really needs to get out of Tampa though if he wants to become a recognizable nam.  Think of Beckett when he was in Florida, he was a star, but not a top shelf name in baseball.  Now though he is considered on of the best pitchers in baseball and it’s simply because he plays for one of the most recognizable teams.  That needs to happen to James in order for him to gain notoriety.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Common?: It would take a lot of very good seasons to get this card worth some money. I guess my answer is maybe? I don’t know, but I definitely hope so!

March 20, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , , | 1 Comment