Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Can We Talk About the Price of Bowman Draft?

In the 2019 MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers selected Josh Jung out of Texas Tech with the #8 overall pick. For me this was huuuuge. Not only was Jung (pronounced "Young") a Red Raider, but I also call him a friend. Let me say here that I am not trying to portray Josh as my best friend or someone I hang out with every weekend. In other words, I don't clam to be close friends.

I met Josh and his parents during the summer of 2016. I was at my LCS in Lubbock when they came in. Both he and his father are collectors, so they were looking to see what the shop had. I struck up a conversation. He was in town visiting one last time before moving.

During the next three seasons, Josh would become perhaps the most decorated baseball player ever to play at Tech. He was Big XII Freshman of the Year, a Freshman All-American, and Second Team All-Big XII his freshman year. His sophomore year saw him become a Big XII first-teamer, an All-American, and a member of the Team USA Collegiate National Team. His junior year, Josh continued to bring in the awards. He was again named All-American and followed that up with the Big XII Co-Player of the Year. He won the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award, as well. To top it off, D1 Baseball named Jung the Big XII Player of the Decade.

So, it goes without saying that I planned to be a Jung super collector. Right away, I noticed competition for his cards. In early 2019 (well before the June MLB Draft, while Jung was still at Tech), Panini featured Jung in its Stars & Stripes, Donruss, and Contenders sets. Nothing went cheap. But nothing would compare to his Bowman Draft prices.

Needless to say, I don't have a single Bowman Draft card featuring Jung. I don't know when or if I will get any, either.

But let's not sulk. Instead, I appreciate what I do have. Let's take a look at a few.

I'm a big fan of the Stars & Stripes cards. And sorry for not going into a lot of detail...I just realized it's almost 7 am. I've got to get ready for work.

Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone is well!

I'm Still Here

It has been six months since I last posted.

Six. Months.

When I started this blog, I intended to post three or four times a week. Now it seems that I'm lucky if I get in three or four posts a year.

I have to do better.

I have to better because writing has always been my way to let off steam, bad juju, or whatever else you want to call it. And these last few months...well, years, if I'm being honest with myself...have been tough.

So I plan to be much more active. I have a ton of scans that I need to post and write about. I have an idea for a few columns on TTMs. And starting in March, my Texas Rangers have a new home that I need to explore!

So, here's to new beginnings! To those of you that stuck around and still support this blog and read my posts, I can't thank you enough. Except The Lost Collector. I don't thank him. He doesn't giveaway the cards he shows.


(You can find the basis of that joke here.)