Bad Hits

Cheap Game Used – Billy Wagner

Player’s Name: Billy Wagner

Player’s Position: P – Closer

Player’s Current Team: New York Mets

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this card off of eBay for 20 cents.

Set it’s from: 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts

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

Why I like this card: I really don’t feel one way or the other for Billy. I just know that when he is healthy, he is a heck of a closer. I think the Mets took a real gamble on him when they signed him to a big contract. But for the most part, it has worked out pretty well for them. Overall he has 364 saves, which is 7th all time. Not too shabby for a guy that was given up on in 2005. People though he was cooked, but really, he’s been doing the same thing year in and year out for 14 years. He is 36 years old and probably only has 2 more good years left in him, he will finish with about 425 career saves and then he’ll have to sit back and wait to see if he has a shot at getting in the Hall.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: First off, 20 cents for anyone is a cheap hit. Wagner or not. Wagner has the added bonus of being one of the best that ever closed. Do you think he is a Hall of Famer? I’m not sure since it’s about as easy for closers to get in as designated hitters. I think if they treated the position as any other one he would be in, but truthfully, he never dominated any season. The best he ever did in Cy Young voting was 4th. I’m going to say he won’t get in, but that’s just my opinion.

Will if ever be worth more? No, I don’t think so. He just wan’t one of those sought after guys. I just don’t see his cards going up in value. Especially if he doesn’t make the Hall of Fame.

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Game Used – Roy Oswalt

Player’s Name: Roy Oswalt

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: Houston Astros

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay .

Set it’s from: 2004 Leaf Certified Materials

What it’s Worth:Beckett has it listed as a semistar but the card itself is unlisted in the price guide making it worth $10.

Why I like this card: I’ve heard of pitching angry, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of pitching sad. The look on his face is classic. Again, you would think the guys making these cards, would not try and embarrass a player. Could you imagine the locker room when one of his teamates came in and made fun of his card? I bet at that point Oswalt did actually make that face. The real reason I like this card is the swatch of jersey is actually red. You don’t see many jersey cards with colors other than gray or white, with maybe a pinstripe. But red is so strange to see on a jersey card. This is another one of the cards that was sent to Mario at Wax Heaven.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Oswalt right now is one of the best pitchers in the game. There isn’t a team in baseball where he wouldn’t be the ace (including the Mets). In 8 seasons he has rolled up 114 wins, can he reach 300? I don’t think so, but hey I didn’t think Rocket would either at one point in his career. Just think of it this way, for 99 cents I got one of the best pitchers in the game’s jersey and he was in his prime at that point. In 2004 he went 20-10/3.49/1.245, 3rd in Cy Young voting (behind Rocket and Big Unit).

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: Probably not, but who knows. At some point 300 wins won’t happen anymore and 250 might be the next level. If so, hey, maybe, I guess we’ll see in about 16 years, when he becomes eligable.

April 6, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Game Used – Andy Pettitte

Note: This is one of three cards I am trading that haven’t gotten reviewed yet.

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Player’s Name: Andy Pettitte

Player’s Position: P – Starter

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

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $1.99 on eBay .

Set it’s from: 2006 Topps Allen and Ginter’s

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: This is just a wacky card. I like the way it’s a card within a card. The mini card which holds the fabric is encased in a thicker card which has plastic over the center to keep the mini card in. It does have a hole in ther center of the plastic so you can feel the jersey. I never collected the Ginter se, basically because it was too expensive for me. But I do like the olde time design. As far as Pettitte goes, I liked him as a Yankee and could understand why he went to the Astros, and I can even overlook the steroids. He’s just such a likable guy. He is one of the few if not the only superstar, who actually said, that he took steroids. Giambi never actually said it, although he did apologize for it. I have to say personally I don’t care about the steroids. I think it’s a fantastic waste of money for a country which is in trillions of dollars in debt, to host witch hunts as to who did and who didn’t. You want to ruin your later years for glory now, go for it. Baseball should just open it’s doors. Unfortunately we have to think about kids. Since they do emulate the players, and parents are relying on TV more and more to “keep the kids busy”, they are the ones getting hurt. The players will be fine, they can posture all they want but if it became legal to use HGH, there wouldn’t be a player not on it.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Looking at his stats, did you know in his 13 year career only once did he fail to get at least 12 wins? That was only because he missed half a season. He is 201-113 overall, which puts him 34th all time. Sure, he will never get to 300 wins, has a career ERA of 3.83 and a WHIP of 1.35, but there wasn’t a better winner on your staff in the mid 90s than Andy. To get this one for under 2 bucks is just great.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: The steroids thing is going to hurt him long term and even by the grace of Babe Ruth, he gets to 300 wins he may still not get into the Hall because of the ‘roids. He will forever be a common in the sea of game used.

April 3, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , | Leave a comment

Cheap Game Used – Don Sutton

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Player’s Name: Don Sutton

Player’s Position: P

Player’s Current Team: None – retired (pictured with the Houston Astros).

Price I Paid for the Card: $0.99, it was from an eBay auction.

Set it’s from: 2005 Sweet Spot

What it’s Worth: Beckett has the card listed as a minor star and as such it’s worth $8.00.

Why I like this card: Not too many people out there can say they are Don Sutton fans, but he is in the Hall of Fame. Some time ago, I was listening to the radio and I don’t remember who said it, but the said if someone holds the record in any worth while statistical category, he should be strongly considered for the Hall of Fame. When going through his stats I noticed one crazy trend. Only 2 times in his career had he ever not won at least 10 games (1983 and 1988). He has 21 seasons where he won 10 or more games. That’s more seasons than most players play in their career. He won 324 games (14th all time) and 3754 strikeouts (7th all time). If Bill James can see putting him in the Hall, then I can too. What drew me to this card was how incredibly old Don looks in this picture. He was 36 when that picture was taken. I’m 36 right now, and although I have some gray in my hair, I’m looking nothing like that. Plus he just looks old, he looks like he could be 46. The other thing that drew me to the card is the very off white color of the jersey. Like it had been sitting in the sun for a long time. I remember those uniforms for the Astros, but I don’t remember that shade of white on that jersey.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Unfortunately for Don, he is a Hall of Famer, just not a very popular one. It’s hard to understand how a HOFer can have jersey cards that are essentially worthless. I mean, to me it’s worth a lot because I like collecting Jerseys of HOFers, but to the average person, especially to fans who weren’t into the game in the 80’s, who the heck is Don Sutton and what has he done for baseball (besides announcing games). I don’t think this card will appreciate much in the future, but he will always remain Black and Decker to me. Besides, did you know he never missed his start in the rotation for his entire career. That in itself is quite impressive.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a Minor Star?: Nope, he is doomed to the $5 bin for jersey cards.

March 25, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Bad Game Used – Jeff Bagwell

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Player’s Name: Jeff Bagwell

Player’s Position: P

Player’s Current Team: Houston Astros

Price I Paid for the Card: $10 for the pack of cards it came in.

Set it’s from: 2007 Upper Deck Artifacts

What it’s Worth: What is odd is that even though I got this in a pack of 2007 Artifacts, it is actually from 2004 Upper Deck set. I would consider it an unlisted star common and 2004 Upper Deck Game Jersey cards run about $8.00 according to Beckett. It is listed on eBay and is going for $2.99.

Why I like this card: First off I am a big Bagwell fan. Personally, I think he deserves a chance at the Hall of Fame. He didn’t hit the 500 home runs or get the 3000 hits, but clutch time who would you want in their prime? Bagwell or Biggio? Very tough question but I think I would go with Bagwell. This is one of those pictures that mimics the 2008 Upper Deck Pujols card. DO you think he got the card in the mail and showed his wife, she looked at it and the following took place:

Wife: Jeff, what the heck is this?

Jeff: Honey it’s my new game used card by Upper Deck.

Wife: Sweety, it looks like you are going to the bathroom.

Jeff: Man you know I never noticed that. I just thought it was a good example of how focused I can be on the field.

Wife: Jeff the only thing it’s missing is the newspaper.

Jeff: So let me ask you honest opinion . . . is it bad? Don’t hold back!

Wife: Jeff you can’t let them publish this picture, it’s awful.

Jeff: But do you like it?

Wife: No! No! No!

Jeff: Hmmm . . . maybe I should tell them it’s a no go.

phone rings . . . .

Jeff (on phone): You got my jersey card on eBay? I didn’t think it was out yet. Well guess I’ll have to live with it then.

Wife: Oh no, how do I explain this to my friends?

Jeff: Ummm hide it from them.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: It’s a bad hit because it’s eight freaking dollars. I don’t understand why Beckett, has these cards as worthless essentially. I think when a card is 1:24 to pull it should be worth something. I think that any game used card should have a market. I don’t understand why someone like Jeff Bagwell, who at some point could end up in the Hall of Fame, has a game used card that is worth less than $10. It’s actually worth less than what I paid for the pack. How is that possible?

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: I would say yes, if he gets in the Hall of Fame, but let’s be realistic. He doesn’t hit the criteria, and he may end up stuck around the 50% mark in the voting. Since he is retired now, I would say that his chance of seeing an increase in this card is very minimal. Short answer . . . No.

March 8, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , , | 4 Comments