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

Cheap Game Used – Vlad Guerrero / Alfonso Soriano

Players Names: Vladimir Guerrero / Alfonso Soriano

Players Positions: OF – Guerrero / 2B – Soriano

Players Current Teams: California Angels (Guerrero) and Chicago Cubs (Pictured with the Texas Rangers, Soriano)

Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $1.25 on eBay

Set it’s from: 2005 Fleer Authentix

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: What’s not to like? You get two of the premier hitters in the league jerseys on the same card.  Both are on their way to the Hall of Fame. Vlad in 13 seasons has 2000 hits and 368 home runs. Where as Soriano, who has 231 homers and 231 stolen bases in 10 years, including a 40/40 season may not be a shoe in, but he has some nice credentials.  Plus I love the design of this card.  It’s meant to look like a ticket and actually Steve from White Sox Cards blog wrote about this on Things done to sports cards blog.  But what I really like about this card is the dueling players in the middle of their peaks, and a swatch of jersey from both of them.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: To players at the peaks of their careers, both are monster hitters and I get both of their jerseys on one card!  I’ll buy this card up all day at a buck and change a pop.  You can’t tell me that when they are all done with baseball, this card won’t be worth more.  It has to be right?  I don’t do prospecting but I would be floored if this card doesn’t go up in value.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Minor Star?: Damn I hope so!  Can it ever be worth less than what I paid for it?  I doubt it, but if one or both of these guys head to the Hall of Fame, shouldn’t this card’s price go up?  I would think so.

April 26, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cheap Game Used – Eric Gagne

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Player’s Name: Eric Gagne

Player’s Position: P – Closer

Player’s Current Team: Milwaukee Brewers (pictured with LA Dodgers)

Price I Paid for the Card: $0.50 purchased on eBay.

Set it’s from: 2003 Fleer Inscribed

What it’s Worth: Beckett has it listed as a minor star and listed at $10. As you can see though it can be purchased on eBay for quite a bit less.
Why I like this card: Who doesn’t like a guy who wears kookie gogles?  I just always liked Gagne as a Dodger.  Between 2002 and 2004 he was the best and most consistent closer in baseball. As far as the steroids go, I don’t know what to say.  I know he wasn’t a very good starter, but what a closer huh?  He does fit the lassic steroid burnout model of peaking for 3 years, then suffering a terrible injury and now he is working his way back from it.  This year, he’ll be in Milwaukee, away from the spot light of Texas and Boston.  Maybe he can just do his thing.  Also I like the “Today is the greatest day . . . ” pose and speech he is doing on this card.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: There was a period of time where he was it as far as closers go.  He was even better than Mariano in my mind and that’s saying a lot since I am a Yankee fan.  I wanted a jersey card of him and got it for a sick low price.  I know his name has been dragger around in the mud for a while now, but really? 50 cents? It may never be worth a lot of money, but it will be worth something to me.  I love finding these cheap cards on eBay and showing them to you.  Sometimes I wonder if there are others like me who remember fondly a guy for 2 or 3 years, even if he wasn’t good after those years.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a minor star?: Not a chance, but it doesn’t matter to me, I got this card because I was such a big fan of Gange.

March 30, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Bad Game Used – Carlos Zambrano

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Player’s Name: Carlos Zambrano

Player’s Position: P

Player’s Current Team: Chicago Cubs

Price I Paid for the Card: $3.99 for the pack of cards it came in.

Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series one

What it’s Worth: I would consider it an unlisted star common and last year’s Upper Deck Game Jersey cards run about $8.00 according to Beckett. It is listed on eBay and is going for $0.99 consistently.

Why I like this card: The Big Z is definitely the power pitcher of this decade. Who would have thought that between Kerry Wood, Mark Prior and Carlos Zambrano, that Carlos would walk away as the best pitcher in that group. I think the other two are more likable but Z is such a workhorse what’s not to like. The only thing I worry about with him is whether he can keep throwing 200+ innings every year, or if they are going to back him down a little now that they have so much invested in him. I also like the swatch of jersey on this card. It is actually stretched on the bottom left piece, almost as though he did that sliding or something. Or maybe this was the jersey he wore during his infamous fight with Michael Barret in the Cubby dugout. Barret just got a hold of it and ripped it a bit, and now I am the proud owner of a stretched out swatch of his jersey.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: He’s a pitcher and although he is one of the better pitchers in the league, there just aren’t many high priced cards of pitchers. Another awful thing about this card is his mug shot like picture. What the heck is wrong with Upper Deck for letting something like that hit a game used card. Upper Deck is known for their superior photos, but really that’s the best they could do for this card? He looks like you’ve just called him a derogatory name and now he has to kick your tail. Either that or they just asked him a math question and he is completely stumped. It’s definitely one of the two.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: What can I say, he is a pitcher and pitchers don’t make for high priced collectibles. If he becomes better than Johan Santana or actually hangs around long enough to win 300 games, possibly. But then again how likely are those two things happening? Not very so my answer to this is no.

March 7, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Bad Game Used – Jason Bay

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Player’s Name: Jason Bay

Player’s Position: OF

Player’s Current Team: Pittsburgh Pirates

Price I Paid for the Card: $3.99 for the pack of cards it came in.

Set it’s from: 2008 Upper Deck Series one

What it’s Worth: I would consider it a common and last year’s Upper Deck Game Jersey cards run about $8.00 according to Beckett. It is listed on eBay and is going for $0.99 consistently.

Why I like this card: It’s Jason Bay man, who doesn’t like him. The best part about this card is the thing he is doing with his tongue. What’s up with that? You would think that Upper Deck would come up with a better photograph for Jason. You know they give a few of these to give out to their family members. Do you think he was too embarrassed to hand these out? Do think think he got the stack of cards and started to sit down to mail them out took one look of it and called him mom:

Jason: Hi mom what’s up?

Mom: Jason, you make your dad and I so proud! So did your new relic cards come in? I need to add it to my collage!

Jason: Yeah, ummm, about the card . . .

Mom: That’s great, when are you going to send it over to me?

Jason: Mom, ummm, Upper Deck decided to drop me from the product line this year.

Mom: Are you kidding? You’ve had like 10 of these in the past year alone. What happened?

Jason: Yeah they decided I didn’t cut it this year.

Mom: Don’t they know your my special little guy?

Jason: I don’t think they do mom.

Mom: So how about your Topps relic then?

Jason: (looking at it) It’s on the way mom.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Jason Bay is one of the most exciting young players in baseball right now. In just 4 years he has hit over 100 home runs. He is the anchor of the Pirates and if he played in a big market he would be worth lot’s of money. But that’s the problem with this hobby. He wasn’t hyped enough as a rookie, so no matter how ell he does he will always be relegated to the semi stars category. The card market has tons of game used cards, his are at the bottom of the ladder in popularity. Not for me mind you, I love this card, but for others, who don’t understand how good he is . . . it’s an undesirable card only worth about a buck.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: He would have to really start cranking up the home runs, being everyone likes the long ball. With A-Rod, Fielder, Howard and Pujols around who has time for Bay? I think he’ll be relegated to the commons box for a while.

March 5, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , | 4 Comments

Bad Game Used – Manny Ramirez

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Player’s Name: Manny Ramirez

Player’s Position: OF

Player’s Current Team: Boston Red Sox

Price I Paid for the Card: $1.99 for the pack of cards it came in.

Set it’s from: 2008 Topps Series one

What it’s Worth: I would consider it an unlisted star and last year’s Topps Highlights Relics run about $10.00 according to Beckett. It is listed on eBay and is going for $8.00 consistently.

Why I like this card: Manny has always been one of the go to guys in collecting, so when I opened a pack and found this card in there, I was blown away. The odds in hitting this card was 1:244, but oddly enough it was not serially numbered. When I see Manny doing anything I like to think of what he thinks about. So for this picture I was thinking, Manny during the at bat:

Manny (inner voice): That lunch sure was good, maybe I’ll go there tomorrow.

Manny (inner voice): I’ve really been feeling tired lately, sure hope skip sits me for a day of rest soon.

Manny (inner voice): I wonder what kind of spread they’ll have for after the game.

Manny (inner voice): My dreads are getting long, I really should get them shortened.

Manny (inner voice): That stupid kid just threw me a fastball, doesn’t he know Manny loves to hit fastballs.

I remember when I played baseball and my mind was 100% focused on the game and the situations around me. Somehow, I think if Manny were to do that, his game would get screwed up. Maybe it’s just best for Manny to be Manny.

Why it’s a Bad Hit: Thanks to a market that has been completely flooded with game used cards, this card is worth the base minimum. You could probably get it on eBay for $4 if you really set your mind and sniper account to it. I put this as a bad hit because you would think it would be worth more. You have one of the more dominant players in baseball, in the World Series and it’s his jersey. I can’t even tell you how excited I was to find this card in a pack. I thought for sure it would be worth at least $50, boy was I let down when I found out the price.

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an Unlisted Star Common?: Maybe if Manny is put into the Hall of Fame but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything for card prices now a days. I guess in short probably not.

March 5, 2008 Posted by | bad game used | , , , , , , | 3 Comments