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: Josh Beckett
Player’s Position: P – Starter
Player’s Current Team: Boston Red Sox (Pictured with the Florida Marlins)
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay
Set it’s from: 2005 Fleer Skybox
What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed for $15.00, but as you can see I got it much cheaper on eBay.
Why I like this card: I know, I know it’s another Red Sox guy. You know I hate them, but at least I respect them. Actually Beckett was along the Rich Harden line of player. He was one of those hard throwing guys, you just knew would do well in the pros. Unfortunately for Josh he started out on the Marlins. At least he got to play on some good teams (pre-fire sale). I still think he throws incorrectly, because he gets too many blisters and sore shoulders, I think he uses too much arm and not enough leg in his delivery. I think some day he might go down as an elite pitcher, and if last year’s stats are any indicator I think he has a nice road ahead of him, but he’s got to become smarter at his delivery.
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: OK he was average with the Marlins and it wasn’t until he got on a winning team (the Red Sox) did he do anything with his talent. I don’t think he is Hall of Fame material, he may never hit 200 wins let alone 300. But he is going to be remembered for winning a couple of World Series and beating some great Yankee teams. If you can get all that in a jersey swatch for less than a dollar, I don’t see how you can go wrong.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Minor Star?: No, and since he probably won’t be a Hall of Fame pitcher, he may never even make it to semi star status.
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: Mike Lowell
Player’s Position: 3B
Player’s Current Team: Florida Marlins
Price I Paid for the Card: $1 at a card show in Freehold, NJ in 2000.
Set it’s from: 2000 Fleer Showcase
What it’s Worth: It isn’t listed in Beckett so I’m guessing it’s an unlisted star which would run $20. On eBay it runs $12.95, but it’s only one auction. I think right after the World Series it was worth more but I think $12.95 is about right.
Why I like this card: I actually met Mike back in 1995 in Mesa, Az. He was signing at a card show at an elementary school, I looked ridiculous standing with 9 and 10 year olds waiting for an autograph of a guy in rookie league. I did it though because I was a Yankee fan and he was one of their draft selections that year. Ever since then I’ve always followed his career since he was on my favorite team. The other reason I like this card is that it appears Mike is about to lose his bat. Imagine, just moments after that swing, the bat flies through the air, and wham, it hits a guy eating his Marlin dog square in the jaw. He’s laying knocked out on the ground, the dog laying by his feet, never to get eaten. The game goes on as Lowell goes 2-4 with 2 RBIs, after the game he goes to the hospital and makes sure the guy is alright. He signs some stuff and promises to get some cards out to him. About 6 months later the guy gets a package from Lowell, one of the cards is the above card, he drops to the ground, you know it’s just a natural reaction.
Why it’s a Bad Hit: How is someone who won a World Series MVP and whose rookie card is worth money, not have an autographed card worth more than $20. Of course the odds in hitting an autographed card in that pack was 1:24 so pretty low. Knowing that, I think to myself how is it worth as much as $20. Sets from now a days have autographs in the same ratio and are not even worth $10. I guess I should be thrilled that my investment went up 1300%, but not to seem greedy, I expected it to be higher I guess.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: It would take an MVP season or maybe two. I think it’s very unlikely, I’m just happy it’s worth what it’s worth!