Sunday, August 1, 2010
Stephen Strasburg Cards and Injury
Tom Verducci has an interesting article on the pitching style of Stephen Strasburg and how it compares to Mark Prior http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/tom_verducci/07/30/strasburg.trades/index.html?eref=sihp
What this tells me is that you should be a collector for fun and enjoyment of the hobby and not to get rich. Too many collector's now are looking for the holy grail. Remember when you got excited just seeing a common card of your favorite player? The stats on the back meant more than any jersey or bat card.
Baseball players are fragile like all people and collecting their cards for profit is the same as playing the lottery. The odds are against you. You may get lucky but its not likely.
Imagine spending $17,000 or $25,000 on a baseball card and having it become worth no more than a few dollars. You better really love that player or have lots of money in the bank.