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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

MLB Highlights 3/31/08
Erik Bedard had a strong debut with the Mariners, helping them to beat the Rangers 5-2. Despite not getting a decision, he only allowed 1 earned off of 3 hits in 5 innings pitched, with 5 K's. Over the last 6 months, Bedard's top rookie card, his 01 Donruss Class of 2001 #'d 625, has been selling in the $25-32 TAC range. I didn't see any of these cards sell in March, but I expect to see more hitting the market as sellers try to cash in on his early success in his new home.

Joe Torre's first game as the Dodgers' skipper went well, with a 5-0 shutout against the Giants. Ace Brad Penny tossed 6-2/3 scoreless innings. Unfortunately his lone rookie card, his 97 Bowman RC, is pretty much value-less (meaning no market value; didn't want to use "worthless"). L.A.-newbie Andruw Jones went 1-for-4 (1B) in his first game with the team. His 95 Bowman's Best & Bowman RC's averaged around $18 & $13 TAC, respectively. Both of these cards have a good amount of potential for upward movement if he and the Dodgers can improve on their sub-par performances from last season.

Johan Santana didn't disappoint in his Mets debut, helping his team to a 7-2 win, going 7 innings and allowing 3 hits, 2 ER and 2 BB with 8 K's. He allowed a 2-run homer to Josh Willingham in the 4th. Santana's 00 Bowman's Best RC #'d 2999 averaged $76.57 in March, down from $97.06 in February. His 00 Finest RC #'d 3000 averaged $136.76, up from $125.06 in February. I saw two of his Finest Ref RC #'d 1000 sell in March, for $203.50 on 3/8 and $258.65 on 3/23.

David Wright went 2-for-4 (two 2B) with 3 RBI for the Mets. His 02 Bowman Chrome X-fractor Auto RC has been selling in the $400-440 range recently.

In the best pitching match-up of the night (and maybe the week), Cy Young winner Jake Peavy outdueled his hunting buddy Roy Oswalt to help his Padres to a 4-0 victory. Peavy allowed just 3 hits & 3 BB in 7 IP, with 4 K's. Oswalt got squeezed for 11 hits & 3 runs in 5-1/3 IP with 6 K's. Peavy's career opening day record in 3 starts is now 2-0 with a 0.45 ERA.

Peavy's 01 Bowman Chrome Ref RC averaged $50.36 in March. From last November through February, this card had been stuck at around $46 TAC. Oswalt's 00 SPx RC #'d 1600 averaged $99.01 in March, it's lowest level in the past 10 months.

1 comment:

Gellman said...

I sold my Finest Santana BGS 9.5 last month for 275. Pretty nice haul for my 50 dollar investment.