You may be sick of hearing about it, but Josh Hamilton is solid. When healthy, he is one of the best producers in the game. He plays great defense and is a beast at the plate. Everyone knows about his past and the problems he dealt with and overcame to be where he is today. He was highly touted, out of baseball, and then given a second chance. So far, he has made the most of his second opportunity.
He continues to wow with his bat and it can only leave fans and collectors alike to wonder, What if? If he had made it from Day 1, what could his career have been? If he were able to produce like he does now, there could be legitimate Hall of Fame discussions. All of the All-Star Games, MVPs, and other awards the he could have accumulated. As it is, one can only wonder.
There are plenty of great cards out there, but a Hamilton collection would have to have a 1999 Topps Traded autograph for sure. There are some great 1999 Bowman Chrome parallels as well, but that would be THE Hamilton card to have in your collection. To be a Hamilton collector has been a bumpy road. His cards have followed the same ups and downs that his career has. He was pricey, dirt cheap, and then expensive.
His big four home run game caused a spike earlier this year. That is a pain for player and team collectors. You want players to perform well because you are a fan and collector, but it causes an increase in the prices you pay. However, when a player does something historic, it can help to bring some of those hard to find cards to light. Cards that other collectors have had buried deep in the dark corners of their collections will suddenly be listed. It’s the Catch-22 of collecting.
It’s still very early in the 2012 season, but Josh Hamilton could end up having a chance at the Triple Crown. Currently, he’s second in batting average, first in home runs, and first in RBI. The MLB season is long and Hamilton hasn’t had the best track record when it comes to health. If Josh were to win the Triple Crown or be as close as he is now, it would certainly cause a temporary spike in his cards. It’s a pain for collectors, but some of those hidden gems would also find the light of day.