A few years back the hobby world went crazy for Hunter Pence. It wasn’t because he was on the Astros that is for certain. It was because he was a young player who could mash homers and steal a few bases. His cards skyrocketed and for the most part, still remain probably higher than it should be.
Being on the Astros is a lot like being sent to prison. You know the team is going to do nothing in the free agent market to make the team better. You know it’s a home grown talent team, that unless superstars make it up from the minors, the team is going to be really bad. Of course once a superstar makes it up from the minors, their time in Houston will be short as the ‘Stros are always stockpiling their minor league system.
I recently got a chance to speak with someone who knows Brett Wallace well, and he is clearly frustrated. From all the reports I read about Pence, he felt the same way. Here is my million dollar question though, if he was with, let’s say the Phillies (since they have him now) would his cards be worth more, less or the same as they are now. I mean he essentially replaces Werth, both as a sense of speed and power. Jayson Werth’s cards aren’t worth that much, so does that mean Pence’s cards will take a hit this off season?
Jayson Werth’s autographs are worth between $1 – $5 for the most part. Hunter Pence’s autographs are going for between $25 – $60 on eBay. I don’t quite understand the disparity. The only thing I can come up with is that Pence was a solid player on a bad team, while Werth was a solid player on a great team. So I think that teams do dictate the price of a card.
Where are you on this? What’s with the disparity between similar players?