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Million Dollar Question – Is Now The Time To Invest In Craig Biggio Rookie Cards?

Million Dollar Question – Is Now The Time To Invest In Craig Biggio Rookie Cards?

With the progression of Craig Biggio’s Hall of Fame vote tally, I would say that the odds of his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2015 is likely a 90% certainty.

In 2013, Biggio tallied 68.2% of the vote.  And in 2014, he claimed 74.8% of the votes cast.

Barring any ground-breaking, and earth-shattering news, I believe that Biggio will easily earn the extra votes to hit the magical 75% needed for enshrinement.

So, is it time to invest in Mr. Biggio now?  Buy hoards of his rookie baseball cards with the goal of flipping them when his name is more relevant in the hobby than it is today?

I am not one to turn down an option like this.  But, I am also not the guy that wants to buy a card for a quarter to sell it for a dollar as the associated Ebay and PayPal fees will surely put you in the red…

What do you think?  Invest in Craig Biggio with the goal of making money a year from now or pass?

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Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!!

Craig Biggio turns 48 years old today.

A true baseball star, Biggio shined during his 20 seasons with the Houston Astros.  And while he was never classified as the best player in the game, and at times not even the best player on his own team, Craig Biggio will end up being a Hall of Famer!!

And deservedly so…

A member of the 3,000 hits club, a 7-time All-star, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Biggio’s all-around game made him a a fan favorite and hero in the Houston area for 20 years.

It feels like it was just yesterday that I was scooping up his rookie cards – it’s hard to believe that he is now 48 years old.

Happy Birthday Mr. Biggio!!

Did You Know…

Craig Biggio is the only player in Houston Astros franchise history to rank in the team’s top five in hits, doubles, triples, and home runs.

Biggio is first in hits with 3,060.  He is also first in doubles with 668, fifth in triples with 55, and third in home runs with 291.

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Want To Own A Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Championship Ring???

Want To Own A Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series Championship Ring???

By David Brown, Big League Stew, Yahoo Sports

She’s a beaut, ain’t she? All right, who did it? Which one of the Chicago White Sox put a 2005 World Series ring for sale on eBay? So far, 14 offers have been on the 14k gold, 95-diamond work of art, but the seller is asking $24,999.99. In addition to the market value, there’s a lot of sentimental value (for some more than others, apparently) too. It represents Chicago’s only World Series championship since 1917.

So, just who IS the seller (beyond the third party who appears to be fronting on the auction web site)? Some clues were left in the ring’s description:

2005 Chicago White Sox World Series ring, 14k Gold, 43.8 Grams, Size 12, all real diamonds, Jostens Manufactured, staff members ring. Comes with letter of authenticity from original recipient who was a multi time world series participant as a player, Legend of the game. Guaranteed authentic, ultra rare. A Version ring, same exact ring players received! Please see pictures for details, original recipients name covered to protect privacy.

Lots of good clues, actually. Deadspin has been speculating as to who the seller is, and commenters have chimed in with guesses such as Jermaine Dye, Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, Jose Contreras, even A.J. Pierzynski. It’s not A.J., even though slashing tires and burning bridges on his way to the Texas Rangers isn’t completely out of the realm with him, given that he likes to turn heel like a pro wrestler. And Dye (the MVP of the ’05 Series) probably isn’t down to his last few dollars, even though it’s been a couple of years since he played.

The ring itself also holds more clues.

 

There’s a conspicuous “PD”on one side of the ring, under the Major League Baseball logo and the team’s won-loss record, 99-63, from the regular season. A player’s number probably would be in its place if the ring belonged to someone on the 40-man roster. But PD — what does it mean? Public Domain? Police Department? Pinch(-hit) double? Punt Downed? Paul Donerko?

How about Player Development? Yeah, that seems right.

Some have speculated that the ring’s owner is a coach — such as Tim Raines, Harold Baines or even manager Ozzie Guillen — but it stands to reason that one of them would get their uniform number on the ring, too. So it would say 30, or 3, or 11 and not “PD.” Whoever the seller is, the ring must have belonged to one of the 432 persons the Sox gave rings to in 2006. They went to “staff and employees, as well as former players and family members of past team owners,” writes the Chicago Sun-Times.

And remember the description: “staff member. … multi World series participant as a player, Legend of the game. … same exact ring players received.”

All of this kind of describes someone like Moose Skowron or even Luis Aparicio. Moose died in April and maybe this is part of his estate sale. Moose wasn’t a Hall of Famer, but he certainly was a legend. Moose also won five World Series with the Yankees. His hand in the ’05 White Sox championship was much more symbolic than anything.

Little Looie went to the ’59 Series with the Sox (and lost), but won in ’66 with the Baltimore Orioles. He could conceivably spare an ’05 ring, too.

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!!

Craig Biggio turns 47 years old today.

A true baseball star, Biggio shined during his 20 seasons with the Houston Astros.  And while he was never classified as the best player in the game, and at times not even the best player on his own team, Craig Biggio may end up being a first ballot Hall of Famer!!

A member of the 3,000 hits club, a 7-time All-star, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Biggio’s all-around game made him a a fan favorite and hero in the Houston area for 20 years.

It feels like it was just yesterday that I was scooping up his rookie cards – it’s hard to believe that he is now 45 years old.

Happy Birthday Mr. Biggio!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – 6-Card Craig Biggio Rookie Lot

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – 6-Card Craig Biggio Rookie Lot

I found these in a dime box – Yes, Craig Biggio rookie cards for just ten cents a piece.

And while I was not targeting Biggio during my night of shopping, I was not going to pass these up either. 

It’s never a bad idea to grab rookie cards of future Hall of Famers.  And when the price tag reads $0.10 per card, it is very hard to pass up the deal.

6 Biggio rookie cards are in the bag!!!

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!!

Craig Biggio turns 46years old today.

A true baseball star, Biggio shined during his 20 seasons with the Houston Astros.  And while he was never classified as the best player in the game, and at times not even the best player on his own team, Craig Biggio may end up being a first ballot Hall of Famer!!

A member of the 3,000 hits club, a 7-time All-star, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Biggio’s all-around game made him a a fan favorite and hero in the Houston area for 20 years.

It feels like it was just yesterday that I was scooping up his rookie cards – it’s hard to believe that he is now 45 years old.

Happy Birthday Mr. Biggio!!

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Roger Clemens & Craig Biggio – July 20, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02′ – Roger Clemens & Craig Biggio – July 20, 2011

North Cobb Christian School
Kennesaw, Ga.
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20

Got a tip that Craig Biggio had been attending some of his son’s Perfect Game events. I looked up the schedule and saw that Roger Clemens had a son on the same team. I spoke to an Atlanta grapher and was told that Clemens did not attend his son’s game earlier this week. Figured it was worth a shot anyway since the venue was only 17 minutes from where I’m staying.

Roger Clemens: 2/2 (SP, ROMLB) in blue ink, 2/2 (Cliff Spohn art from Legends magazine, 8×10) in blue Sharpie, picwith (though I’m unable to post ‘cuz I lost the cord in transit)….I was at first shocked that he didn’t SS even after I asked him. However, it seems that in crowds he’ll panel baseballs. In 1-1 situations — and if you ask — he’ll SS. I stood next to an Atlanta-area grapher who got Clemens to sweet-spot two ROMLBs. The grapher then politely asked Clemens if he would sign a 16×20 that was in his trunk. Clemens said it wasn’t a problem and that he would ink it after the game. Once the game ended Biggio, who had now joined the fray, watched as the grapher gave his item to Clemens. Even though Clemens had agreed to do the 16, Biggio ratted him out. “Hey Roger….That kid you are about to sign for is selling autographs.” Clemens promptly returned the 16 to the grapher, unsigned
Craig Biggio: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink…I had heard some horror stories about him so I only gave him one and was very polite. “Thanks again, Mr. Biggio,” I said to him. “No problem,” he replied.

‘My First Time’ – Craig Biggio – June 26, 1988

‘My First Time’ – Craig Biggio – June 26, 1988

The setting – The Astrodome, Houston, TX

From Biggio – “Hal Lanier asked me the next day when I got to the Astrodome if I was ready to play.  An even though I’d only had a couple hours of sleep, I said absolutely.  So he put me in there catching Jim Deshaies.  San Francisco is who we got…and a few days later I got my first hit.  It was off Orel Hershiser.”

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!

Happy Birthday Craig Biggio!!!

Craig Biggio turns 45 years old today.

A true baseball star, Biggio shined during his 20 seasons with the Houston Astros.  And while he was never classified as the best player in the game, and at times not even the best player on his own team, Craig Biggio may end up being a first ballot Hall of Famer!!

A member of the 3,000 hits club, a 7-time All-star, a 5-time Gold Glove winner, and a 4-time Silver Slugger winner, Biggio’s all-around game made him a a fan favorite and hero in the Houston area for 20 years.

It feels like it was just yesterday that I was scooping up his rookie cards – it’s hard to believe that he is now 45 years old.

Happy Birthday Mr. Biggio!!