(Hello on World Penguin Day. This is the perfect excuse to post a Ron Cey card. But I'm not gonna do that. Because I gotta be me. It's time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 255th in a series):
All of the Eric Thames autographed cards are gone. Or they're priced way out of your range. All of the parallels from 2011 and 2012, too.
Eric Thames is HOT! right now. All of the ebay listings say so.
Brewers Power Hitter! Red Hot! On Fire! MVP?? Rare! All of the exclamation points! And question marks, and asterisks, and dollar signs!!!!!!!
You can buy 30 of the same Eric Thames card for 65 dollars (but why would you?).
After Thames hit two more home runs last night to extend his major league lead to 10, I got caught up in the hype -- in my usual reserved way. I decided to see if I had any Eric Thames cards.
This 2011 minor league card of Thames, as a Toronto Blue Jays prospect, is the notable one.
Many people are discovering that the Brewers' Thames was a major league ball player before he arrived in Milwaukee this season, after three years playing in the Korean League. But he was a legitimate prospect before his trip overseas.
The back of this card says he was the 12th-ranked Blue Jays prospect in 2011. And in Double A ball in New Hampshire in 2010, he hit 27 home runs in 130 games.
This particular card is listed twice on ebay right now. One is a buy-it-now $7.25. The other is a buy-it-now $29.99.
I have no plans to sell this card. I think by not selling I get to experience more of these instances where some player ignites out of nowhere and -- hey! I have his card!
That's the other card I have of his, from 2011 Update. All of Thames' mainstream cards are in 2011 and 2012 with either the Blue Jays or Mariners.
Neither of the cards I own of Thames are rare, as some the ebay advertisements say.
But what is rare is seeing the Brewers lead the league in home runs like they're Harvey's Wallbangers again.
And also rare is getting this guy on the east coast, who pays attention to a team on the west coast, to notice the Milwaukee Brewers.