How A-Rod Lost His Value

Actually, we kid. A-Rod-The-Player remains pretty damn valuable, even as he’s tossing balls all over the place and swinging like a 70s rock star (that is, often and indiscriminately). But this story explains why baseball cards (including that prize A-Rod rookie I have stored in some dark closet) have gone and lost almost all of their value since their financial glory days of the early 1990s. And don’t miss this rumination on the sweet-smelling contents of the wax pack by Jason Kottke.

Don’t worry Alex. You’re still the Topps with us.

11 comments… add one
  • While on the loooong drive from Tennessee to West Ttexas, I got to catch all three hours of the Jime Rome show, which was quite entertaining. Large portions of it were dedicated to wondering whether A-Rod would turn into the next Chuck Knoblauch.
    Such a comparison drastically overestimates Knoblauch’s value and underestimate’s Rodriguez’s talent, but if any player were gping to let the silly NY atmosphere affect his play to the point of significant deterioration, I’d bet on A-Rod…

    Paul SF July 25, 2006, 2:30 pm
  • I had a brief phase of interest in baseball (and basketball) cards when I was a kid, but it never really took hold. I think my mom still has my cards in a shoebox back home. This thread makes me want to go dig them out and see what gems may be in there.
    Paul, I find that listening to Jim Rome can make a 3 hour drive feel like 6.
    I’m wondering what happened to Harold Reynolds. Did that story get mentioned? I am guessing almost certainly not since Rome works for ESPN.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2006, 2:49 pm
  • Supposedly the NY Post broke the story.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2006, 2:58 pm
  • Deadspin says it was sexual harrassment that got HR canned. It’s too bad, he was the only remaining bright spot on BBTN, especially with Gammons gone indefinitely.

    yankeemonkey July 25, 2006, 3:20 pm
  • i’ve been wanting a thread dedicated to all the asinine comments a-rod has made over his career. it would really shed some light on why he is so universally disliked.
    some of my favorites are;
    “how many yatchs can i really ski behind”
    or
    “when other guy’s are taking their kids to day care, i’m working out making myself better.”
    or
    when a-rod deffended why he deserves more money than jeeter, “i’m better”.

    sf rod July 25, 2006, 3:34 pm
  • Well, I wouldn’t take him too much to task for the last one…it’s just…true. Maybe not something you’re supposed to say out loud, but is there a person in the world who cares about baseball and doesn’t think so?

    Devine July 25, 2006, 3:55 pm
  • Harold Reynolds got fired? Dag.
    Well, I’m sure there will always be a place for him on Fox. Or some local broadcaster.

    yankeesnj July 25, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Orel Hersheiser now is the lone voice of reason on ESPN. John Kruk rivals Joe Morgan in my book for Most Annoying Commentator, and Harold Reynolds was the only one on the BBTN desk who would put him in his place…

    Paul SF July 25, 2006, 4:07 pm
  • Incidentally, that Slate article is interesting, but flawed. For example, a Wade Boggs rookie card is worth $15 — not exactly the “nothing” he describes. The overproduction of the late 1980s is what really killed the card industry, imo. The rookie cards from that era aren’t valuable because you can practically find them on the street.
    I too left collecting as I got older and because of the perceived complexity of all the inserts and subsets. But it’s really just perception — you can still collect basic sets like we used to as kids, and the packs are still pretty cheap. I’m not rolling in the dough, so I just collect Topps, Upper Deck and Bowman sets and Red Sox cards. It’s still affordable, and it’s just as fun as when I was a kid.
    I think it’s really the explosion of video games and the Internet that have hurt baseball card collecting — too “boring”, ie, cards don’t blow up or provide real-time video…

    Paul SF July 25, 2006, 4:12 pm
  • Paul: by omission, you give credit to Steve Phillips.

    attackgerbil July 25, 2006, 5:10 pm
  • Steve Phillips annoys me less than John Kruk though. Kruk acts like a jerk while he spouts off his nonsense, then is derrogatory to those who point out that he’s spewing crap…

    Paul SF July 25, 2006, 5:56 pm

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