Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Money to Burn

Fancy yourself a sports memorabilia collector? Have you got money to burn?

If you answered "yes" to both of those questions, you'll want to read on. If not, you'll still probably get a kick of out of this story:

First, some background: Former San Diego State University and US Olympic team pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the number one pick at the 2009 MLB draft, going to the Washington Nationals. Since then, he's been putting up dominant numbers in the minor leagues - for example, in four starts with the AAA Syracuse Chiefs he is 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA, allowing just one earned run.

If you think that's impressive, get this - before he's even a rookie, someone out there is prepared to pay a small fortune for his (very) limited edition "Superfractor" rookie card.

The card in question (from the 2010 Bowman Chrome set) is the only one of its kind and is currently being sold on eBay, with the auction ending sometime on Saturday night. As I write this the top bidder is willing to dish out $16,001, which as Yahoo!'s Big League Stew reports, is about the cost of a new vehicle.

It's no Honus Wagner, but $16,000 for the card of an unproven prospect (albeit one who will probably end up being a superstar) seems a bit intense, doesn't it?

What if he gets to the Major Leagues and totally flops?

I guess we'll find out, at least in the short term, sometime between June 8th and 10th when Strasburg is penciled in to get a start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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