Player’s Name: Billy Wagner
Player’s Position: P – Closer
Player’s Current Team: New York Mets
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.
Player’s Name: Pedro Martinez
Player’s Position: P – Starter
Player’s Current Team: New York Mets (Pictured with the Boston Red Sox)
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay
Set it’s from: 2002 Fleer Platinum
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: First off, I hate Pedro Martinez, yep I said it. I hate him because he is a Yankee killer plain and simple. I don’t discredit the fact that for a 14 year stretch, he was one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball. It’s just that he played for the Red Sox and was (for a while) public enemy number one for Yankee fans. I like the card because it is of him as a Red Sox, and I think that’s where he became Hall of Fame worthy. You might scoff at me for even thinking that he was HOF worthy, but the numbers are simple. He has 209 wins, a career ERA of 2.81, a career WHIP of 1.03 and 3031 strikeouts which puts him 15th all time. Now couple that with his 3 Cy Youngs, 3rd all time in win – loss percentage, 3rd all time in WHIP, 5th all time in hits/9 innings, 3rd all time in strikeouts/9 innings, . . . starting to get the picture?
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: He was arguably one of the most dominant pitchers of the 90’s and early 00’s. He is probably a first ballot Hall of Famer and I got this card for 99 cents. I think when we look back on this period he is going to be one of the few pitchers we remember, Shilling, Clemens, Santana and Martinez. When we start looking back we are going to see his card prices increase and this will look like a steal.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More that a Semi Star?: No, but I do think when he gets into the Hall of Fame his card prices will go up. Just ask Goose Gossage.
Player’s Name: Tom Glavine
Player’s Position: P – Starter
Player’s Current Team: Atlanta Braves (Pictured with the New York Mets)
Price I Paid for the Card: I paid $0.99 on eBay .
Set it’s from: 2004 Upper Deck R-Class
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:I am racking my brain but I can’t come up with what r-class means. I think it stands for rookie class but I don’t see how Glavine fits in that one since he is as far from a rookie as I can imagine. I got this card, as Glavine is a sure fire Hall of Famer. He got to 300 wins when no one was supposed to get to 300 wins anymore. Back in the late eighties, I remember a magazine article explaining how it would be very difficult for pitchers today to win 300 games. They had predicted at the time that only Gooden and Clemens would hit the magic number. Of course this was before Gooden hit the coke hard, at least they nailed the Clemens. I’m going to guess that this is going to be his last year, as he will be 42 this year. First ballot Hall of Famer?
Why it’s a Cheap Hit: This is where I am going to rail on the industry. What is wrong with the industry when rookies are worth more than Hall of Famers? Why is a jersey of Jacoby Ellsbury or Ryan Braun worth more than one of Glavine? Don’t get me wrong I’m sure they will have good if not great careers, but I’m so tired of every rookie being tainted as the next Hall of Famer before they reach 100 major league at bats. Everyone is so worried about finding the next Albert Pujols, that no one collects Pujols anymore. For $0.99 I have a piece of a jersey worn by a Hall of Famer. Sure it’s not the next big thing in the minors, but to me and all collectors it should be worth more. It’s not and that’s sad, but hey maybe someday this craziness will change.
Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than a common?: Maybe once he gets in, but then again, think of all those 300 win players I’ve gotten for $0.99 and they are already in the Hall.