We see it every year and still someone one (or an entire group) falls victim to Baseball Card Hype. In 2008 it was created by the “Next Ted Williams”, according to several card forums, Jay Bruce.
This year the hype came from my very own backyard thanks to a super hot start from both the Florida Marlins and Emilio Bonifacio, nicknamed “Boner”. Now, if you’re wondering why you’ve never heard of Emilio it’s because the 24-year old Dominican-born speedster had been kicking around for two years and not accomplished much of anything.
This Spring, Emilio surprised everyone by making the squad and was the sole reason Minor League Home Run Legend, Dallas McPherson, was released. So while his amazing start was phenomenal, most baseball experts knew he was not going to be able to continue to produce at that rate too long.
Just how bad is Emilio? Our lead off hitter is 6 for his last 50 and has more strikeouts than games played. So while two months ago you could have stocked up on several of his autographs for well below the price of a Subway Footlong, after the hot start his cards caught fire, none more than this bad boy from 2008 Upper Deck Premier.
This is why you never, ever, ever, ever fall for Baseball Card Hype.