I perform a daily search looking for new-to-me Dan Vogelbach cards. Sometimes I unearth something new and interesting, but most of the time it's more of the same. I guess that is what is to be expected when you have 312 unique cards of guy who still has rookie status.
Not sure how much you follow the Mariners, but Nelson Cruz (DH) hit the DL with a sprained ankle and Ryon Healy (1B) has an OPS of 0.161. So, the Mariners have started Vogelbach the last two games, once at first base and once as the designated hitter. He's performed well in those two contests, going 4 for 7, with a double and a walk. Vogelbach started the regular season out slow after tearing it up in spring training, but he's now hitting 0.333 with an OPS north of 0.800.
I've found that I'm looking up Vogelbach's game-by-game performances and following his games closer than my team of choice, the Cubs. It's fun to think about how I got in on the ground floor when Vogelbach was drafted in 2011 and now he's doing his best to keep his foot in the proverbial MLB door.
Although, I don't think I'm the only one enjoying this moment. Lately there has been an influx of high-end Ebay auctions with Vogelbach as the centerpiece.
Check this out:
But, wait. That's not all:
This one frustrates me:
I have twelve 1/1's of Dan Vogelbach, and the most I've paid for any of them has been $30.
I bought a National Treasures auto patch numbered to /25 for about $18 in 2017. The patch on mine is not nearly as cool as the one below. Five colors? That's so sick!
There are numerous other graded cards of low number parallels selling for hundreds of dollars. Things are getting out of control for this card collector on a budget.
I'm really excited that Vogelbach is doing well during this first small stretch of games, but I honestly never expected to see his cards command the prices above.
For what it's worth, I still think I have the most extensive Vogelmonster collection and it's not going anywhere. I love my prospects, but I never pursue their cards hoping to flip them for a profit sometime down the road.
Thanks for reading... now, go cheer on The Vogelmonster!