Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Agony & Ecstasy of Cards: Gordon Beckham

About two months ago I pulled this beautiful card from a pack that I bought at a gas station (that's no typo--it was a gas station that sold baseball cards) and was thrilled.

Gordon Beckham was coming off a strong rookie season and looked to be one of the AL's rising stars at second base. If I had pulled this card during the summer or fall of 2009, it would have netted between $125-150, but unfortunately he started 2010 slowly and the card plummeted in value.

I figured it was just a sophomore slump and he would ride it out, the card was selling for $50 and there was seemingly no where to go but up-- just don't tell that to Gordon's batting average.

Well, it's been nothing but heartache every time I check the White Sox box score, hoping to see a strong game from Beckham. Tonight for example, Chicago scored nine runs on 16 hits, but G-Beck went 0-4 with a strikeout.

I need some Pepto-Bismol; my indigestion is out of control. Apparently, prospecting isn't for the faint of stomatch...


  1. I remember trying to get one of his autographs last year... but I kept getting outbid. I'm sure glad I did. On the flipside... I'm sure it's a sophomore slump & he'll turn things around.

  2. Hype can be a wonderful thing...or not. Hopefully he turns it around. He's still very young and maybe just needs a little seasoning.

  3. I am really hoping that he comes out of the slump. In the last 2 years there have been about 20 Super Propects come up (mostly from this year), history has shown us that all will not be stars.