Sunday, April 7, 2013

2000 UD Ionix Vladimir Guerrero Autograph

It's amazing how quickly collectors forget about really good players.  Vladimir Guerrero did not play last year, not because he did not want to, but he's more or less retired due to lack of interest.  The end of Vlad's career was a steep drop off from going from a 4.9 Wins Above Replacement in 2007, to a 3.0 WAR in 2008, and finally falling to a woeful 0.8 WAR in 2009.  He would bounce back and post a 2.0 WAR for the Rangers in 2010, but his career would ultimately come to an end the following season as an Oriole.  There are a lot of people people who remember the fragile Guerrero trying to play right field for the Rangers in the 2010 World Series, or remember him as an Oriole and not the All-Star right fielder for the Angels and Expos.  In fact, last week I surprised to find an autograph of Vladimir Guerrero for under $10.

2000 UD Ionix Vladimir Guerrero Autograph 

Not that long ago an autograph of Vlad would have cost a collector a pretty penny, but today they are easy to find for less than $10.  I was honestly really surprised.  I guess I do not check the market on his autographs that often, but I counted at least a dozen autographed Vladimir Guerrero cards that sold on Ebay for less than $10.  Not just the cheap Royal Rookies autographs, but certified autographs from Donruss Signature Series, SP Signature Edition, Playoff Absolute, SPX, and others.  There was even an Upper Deck Century Legends that closed for less than $10.

When did this happen?  I am not sure, but I do encourage collectors to take advantage of the low low prices on Vladimir Guerrero autographs.  Take a spin around the Impaler's Baseball Reference page and you will see that he was not only the 2003 AL MVP, but also is a Hall of Famer as measured by three out of the four indexes used, and his career and age comparisons are littered with Hall of Famers like Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Willie Stargell, Jim Rice, and Albert Pujols.  It's hard to find a Hall of Fame autograph for less than $10, but this is your chance.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. Back in December I grabbed his 1998 Donruss Signature autograph for under $10 at a card show and was surprised at the seller's asking price. Love seeing him in his Montreal Expos uniform.