How times have changed…

I was going through my collection, specifically the cards in toploaders, for an upcoming post on HOFer rookies and came across a few cards that caught my attention. Cards that no-longer rate a toploader that I never got around to pulling and putting in a binder.

It reminded me how fleeting our hobby can be.

First are a couple of Japanese imports.

In the mid ’00s everyone was looking for the next Ichiro. The Mariners tried to up their game when they signed this guy.
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To be fair he had a decent season in 2010, hitting over 20 HR with 90+ RBIs and a .303 average. Problem was it was back in Japan. I still like the guy, but I don’t think his cards have much upside anymore.

Johjima was a bit of a disappointment but nothing compared to this dude.
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Fukudome was supposed to be more than a guy with a name that sounded dirty. He has yet to live up to the hype.

I have three of his UD rookies up there. When I first pulled them they were easily $10 cards, now not so much. It’s still a great looking card though.

Next we head to the court. Anyone collecting bball in the mid ’00s remembers this guy.
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Mustache here was drafted #3 overall. The hype around im was huge, he was even the face on Topps wax packs that year, along side Larry Bird. Just a little bit of pressure on the man from Gonzaga.

2006-07 Topps basketball had a really nice design, too bad the rookie class stunk.

To be fair he does have two rings with the Lakers, but he was mainly relegated to a deep bench player. He is currently playing in Turkey.

I really need to go through my collection and make some moves.

-K-

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3 responses to “How times have changed…

  1. Players like this are why I will never be a prospector at least not the way the market goes for these guys. Look at Bryce Harper, the guy will have to have a first ballot Hall of Fame career in order to justify the prices on most of his cards. That’s a bit of pressure before taking your first MLB at-bat.

  2. I guess we all have holes in our knowledge bases but am I ignorant if I say I’ve never heard of Adam Morrison?

    • He was the 2006 college player of the year and a big deal in bball. He was probably best known for crying when he and Gonzaga lost to UCLA in the sweet 16.

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