Baseball Card Hype: Florida Edition

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.

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4 comments

  1. Wow, that’s amazing how much his cards cooled off. I had a few of his autos and that one above and they weren’t going for more than $2 so I sold them in a lot for around $2 each. I was really kicking myself for selling them because I could have made $100 or so when he was hot. This makes me feel a little better knowing that it’s not the next Pujols Bowman Auto I sold for $2.

  2. Let’s be fair to Jay Bruce. Was he over-hyped last year? Yes. Does that mean it is over for him? No.

    While he didn’t come out of the gates like Ryan Braun he still has a chance to be a star in this special sport where people get rewarded for swinging wood and cowhide and making it sail over grass and into the metal/concrete/plastic stands.

    On a side note, I picked up Bonaficio in fantasy baseball that opening day with the express intent of trading him high. Which happened when he was a principle hitter along with Liriano and Hamels that netted me Pujols and Curtis Granderson. (Of course I then went and traded Pujols in order to get Utley and A.Soriano since I already had Ryan Howard). I love how fantasy baseball can work much like the “prospector” model of collecting.

  3. I never considered getting any of Boner’s cards, but I also entertained the idea of dropping Jason Bartlett and putting him in my fantasy team at that 2B/SS position because he’s still classified as a second baseman. The analysts were spot on with him, I must say.

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