Player Name: Richie Sexson
Sets From: 1995 Bowman’s Best and Topps Traded
Card Numbers: B10 and 122T
Why are these cards a must have?: I find it hard to believe that Sexson doesn’t have a job right now. He is in talks with Baltimore, but he is still unsigned. You might find it hard to remember this but Sexson actually had 2 seasons where he hit over 40 homers and 6 where he hit over 30. He was not only good, he was a 2nd round fantasy guy at one point in his career. He is best known for his days with the Brewers and the Mariners. He had some injury issues midway through his career, but came back and put up back to back 30+ homer seasons. He started to deteriorate as a hitter in 2007 when he went 0.205/21/63, the lowest batting average he has ever had by almost 50 points. Last season he was released from the Mariners and Yankees, he is desperately trying to sign on somewhere for at least one more season, but it might have to be spent in the minors. He has 2 All Star appearances and 2 top 15 MVP finishes. His numbers are in line with some of the finest power guys in baseball. Guys like Cecil Fielder, Pat Burell, Jay Buhner and Paul Konerko. You get the idea, a very good power hitter, so so average with no speed. Still, he had some monster seasons and his rookie cards can’t be ignored.
On a scale of 1 – 10, how must have are these cards: 4, he had some great years and has over 300 career homers. He just deteriorated so fast it’s hard to put him any higher than a 4. His cards book for $10 and $4, but on eBay it’s more like $3 and $1. For someone who owned him on many a fantasy team, these are a must have for me. Especially the Bowman’s Best.