The Yankee Effect
Pinstripes aren't just slimming. They also make things more expensive.
This isn't about the price of the new stadium, but baseball cards.
A player could be a solid with a decent amount of player collectors following him. However, once you throw a Yankee uniform on him, there are so many more trying to gobble up his cards. It's called The Yankee Effect.
Collectors should expect to spend more money on any card with a Yankee on it. It happened when Mark Teixeira and CC Sabathia signed with New York in the offseason.
Now, it's happening with New York catcher Francisco Cervelli, who was called up three weeks ago.
Cervelli's autographed cards have sold for as high as $31 and have gone for as low as $5. However, Cervelli was a prospect without much of a chance of making it New York. Jorge Posada has been a Yankees mainstay since the championship years and, with a Molina brother as backup, catchers didn't have much to look forward to in the Minor Leagues. They were traded to other teams such as Tampa Bay's Dioner Navarro or Washington's Wil Nieves.
However, a few injuries can give a prospect a shot and that happened in New York when Posada and Jose Molina went down.
Cervelli has been a serviceable replacement since being called up. He is hitting .370 (10 for 27) in 10 games with three RBIs. Though, the Yankees are missing Posada's power (Cervelli has no extra base hits), that's not stopping collectors.
Currently, Cervelli has 32 cards (not counting printing plates), and 14 are autographs. The 2009 SPx auto is going for the most money, but a 2009 Goudey on-card autograph could be had for around $5 shipped.
If you're wondering about the other Yankees catcher, he isn't exactly a prospect. Kevin Cash was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2002 and has never played more than 61 games in the Majors. But even his cards are going up.