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Hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Now I hope I’m exaggerating when it comes to the future of New York Mets’ seven-time all-star player David Wright’s career.
But the news of his latest injury setback to his shoulder without a timetable for return really makes you wonder if this is it for the third baseman.
As both collectors and baseball fans, it’s a shame to see such a player of his calibre and potential be a victim of constant injuries.
Specifically though as a collector, there’s a lesson to be learned here – whenever you hear the terms “a good investment,” it should always be taken with a grain of salt.
I just read an online article six years ago that described Wright’s rookie cards with a lot of upside and, yep, a good investment. Who could blame the writer at that point when Wright’s career seemed to be on an upswing without signs of slowing down?
Despite all Wright’s accomplished in his career already, the “injury-prone” label unfortunately somewhat diminishes the value of his baseball cards.
His 2001 Upper Deck Star Rookie Card can be had for $40 (Graded PSA 10) and his 2002 Bowman Chrome autographed card was recently sold for less than $80 (BGS Graded 9.5).
Injuries don’t discriminate and current superstars like Mike Trout, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant aren’t exempt.
Again, the only thing to do is hope for the best but prepare for the worst.