Bad Hits

Cheap Game Used – Alex Rios

Player’s Name: Alex Rios

Player’s Position: OF

Player’s Current Team: Toronto Blue Jays

Price I Paid for the Card: I got this card off of eBay for 75 cents.

Set it’s from: 2007 Bowman Sterling

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

Why I like this card: Alex is only 26 years old and already has two All Star appearances.  He was slowly becoming a good hitter, but really put it all together last year when he went 0.297/24/85/17.  This year many “experts” expect big things out of him.  What I don’t like is that, besides the shot of his back and butt, we don’t get to see his face.  I thought that was the whole point of cards.  Why have a card that doesn’t show you the player’s face.  Is it that horrific? The other thing I like about this card is the black Jersey swatch.  usually you get a grey or white one.  It’s nice to see a strange color every once in a while.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Well 75 cents for this card is a great price.  Not only did I end up getting a solid up and commer, but who knows?  Maybe he will take off this year and hit 30 homers. He is off to a slow start this year only going 0.306/2/14 over the first month, but his homer totals always start peaking in late May / early June so keep your eyes open for that.  I think over time if he continues to hit his stride in the bigs, his card might go up, but I think he would have to switch markets to see a dramatic rise in his card values.

Will if ever be worth more? No, I don’t think so. Other than his rookie cards, none of his recent cards have been sought after.  Maybe in the long term we might see some change but I tend to think that his current pricing might remain his only pricing.

May 1, 2008 Posted by | Cheap Game Used | , , , , | 1 Comment

Cheap Game Used – David Wells

Player’s Name: David Wells

Player’s Position: P – Starter

Player’s Current Team: None (Pictured with the San Diego Padres)

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

Set it’s from: 2006 SPx Winning Materials

What it’s Worth:Beckett has it listed as an unlisted minor star, it lists for $8.00. As you can see though, it can be had for less.

Why I like this card:How can you not like David Wells? I mean even the mention of his name yields a laugh or two. The best thing about Boomer that I like was the fact that by the middle of the second inning, he’d have half his jersey unbuttoned. In fact a couple of my friends and I used to bet how many batters it would take to get the first button undone, second, ect… In fact, if you look closely at the picture, his first button is undone, so it must be pretty early in the game. I think Boomer finally retired last year at the age of 44. Known as one of the most unfit athletes of his era, he will be known for one thing. Pitching big when he needed to.

Why it’s a Cheap Hit: Again, to see this card of a guy of his caliber in the bargain bin, almost makes me mad. Either mad or glad. I am still not sure. Mad that I saw it for cheap but glad that I got it for cheap. After all, how many of you out there have a piece of Boomer? I just wish it was a button. What is interesting is that 4 of the 10 closest in stats is in the Hall of Fame. I don’t think Boomer will get in, but he does have a great winning percentage 0.604 and did win 239 games. So who knows, do you believe in miracles?

Will it Ever be Worth Anything More than an unlisted minor star?: If he gets into the Hal . . . . wow I can’t even type it, I’m laughing too hard. No it’s a bargin bin forever kind of card and that’s all right by me.

April 9, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment