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.
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.
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.
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.