Five Underrated Baseball Players, Five Underrated Baseball Cards
Adam Dunn, OF, Washington Nationals
At age 30, Adam Dunn has accumulated 338 career home runs. Most importantly, he has never been linked to steroids or even rumors of steroids. When all is said and done, his career numbers could end up looking eerily similar to Harmon Killebrew's.
- 1999 Topps Traded Autographs #T50 Adam Dunn ($80)
Josh Hamilton, OF, Texas Rangers
When Josh Hamilton is healthy and has his head right, he is as good as any player in the game of baseball, including Albert Pujols. He is the definition of the a complete hitter, being able to hit a ball farther than any player in the world as well as contend for batting titles. Had it not been for his problems with substance abuse early in his career, he might have been one of the best players to ever play the game.
- 1999 Topps Traded Autographs #T66 Josh Hamilton ($150)
Vladimir Guerrero, OF/DH, Texas Rangers
20 years from now when the steroid cloud clears, Vlad might be considered the best player of his generation. Without the benefit of steroids, at 35 years old Vlad has a .321 career batting average, 427 career home runs, and 2,359 career hits.
- 1995 SP Top Prospects Autographs #11 Vladimir Guerrero ($250)
Joey Votto, 1B, Cincinnati Reds
Votto is the type of player that organizations are built around, he has leadership, talent, and work ethic. The 26-year old is just entering his prime and if all things go well, he should be the face of Cincinnati Reds Baseball for the next decade. He's the type of player who could establish a hardcore collector base similar to that of Mauer, Pujols, and Jeter.
- 2008 SP Authentic #137 Joey Votto Jsy AU/ 999 (RC) ($30)
Jaime Garcia, SP, St. Louis Cardinals
If Brennan Boesch were a pitcher, his name would be Jaime Garcia. Currently the 24-year old rookie is 8-4 with a 2.27 ERA and no one seems to be taking notice. I am not the biggest fan of his long term "star potential", but there is absolutely no denying that his numbers are "historically" impressive.
- 2007 Bowman Draft Signs of the Future #JGA Jamie Garcia ($40)
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Would have hit on Vladamir & Votto in this 2010 article.