There's a myth among certain collectors that collecting graded cards has to be expensive. It sure can be, but it doesn't have to be! In the 'Cheap Slabs' series here on the blog, we'll look exclusively at graded cards that cost me $25 or less to add to my collection...
Today's card is a rookie card of one of the most dominant pitchers of his generation, Justin Verlander!
Pretty nice, huh? I won this card on eBay a couple of months ago, while sheltering in place.
Verlander could hang up the spikes today for good, and would still retire as an 8x All-Star, World Series champion, AL MVP, 2x Cy Young winner, AL Triple Crown winner for pitching, Rookie of the Year, 3 no-hitters, 3,000+ strikeouts, and more. Justin's an absolute lock for Cooperstown, and it's crazy to me that his rookie cards are still as cheap as they are at this point. Just how cheap?
This card was had for $12.50. I know pitchers don't get a lot of love, and everyone just wants to collect Ronald Acuna and Juan Soto, but come on!
These 2006 Bowman Heritage cards were inspired by the '49 Bowman set. Of course, the '49 Bowmans were miniature in size, but good enough. There actually are mini versions of these that are similar in size to the original '49s, but I'm betting a Verlander mini might set me back more than this full-sized version did. I'll certainly be keeping an eye out though!
That's about all for tonight, just a really cool card of an under-rated (at least in terms of his perceived value in our hobby) star hurler. Further proof that if you look hard enough, you can find some pretty great cheap slabs out there!
Thanks as always for stopping by!