News broke yesterday from a 2019 Topps Luminaries booklet that had 50 sticker autos of some of the game's most popular living home run hitters from the 80s to current. Johnny Bench and Carl Yaztremzki were also on the booklet. It was a monster hit with names like Trout, Guerrero (both them), Griffey Jr, Acuna Jr, Ortiz, Otani, and many others. I couldn't even imagine getting a hit like that. It is probably worth 10s of thousands of dollars.
I recently hit a pretty big booklet card myself, by my standards.
2013 Topps Five Star booklet
At the time of purchase the hottest name in the hobby was Aristides Aquino, who is nicknamed the Punisher.
I am not sure if Reds collectors are just over paying, but the concept of prospects demanding such outrageous prices is mind boggling to me.
At age 25, Aristides has 40 career hits, 15 HR, no All Star Games, and 38 career RBI.
Yes, he had a hot streak in his call up, but since then he hasn't done much of anything.
His most recent 15 games he has a .236/.263/.455 line which equates to an OPS of .718. If his recent numbers were continue for an entire season he would be the 68th best in National League and not even break the top 125 in majors.
I know the hobby is always looking forward for who the next great superstar could be and maybe one day in 20 years we could look back at Aristides numbers and be amazed by the numbers he put up playing into his late 30s, but I highly doubt that will be the case.
To put into perspective, Willie Stargell a Hall of Fame power hitter already appeared in two All-Star Games, had 236 RBI, 343 hits, and 59 Home Runs by his age 25 season.
Another Pirates legend, Andrew McCutchen, had 2 All-Star Games, 293 RBI, 82 HR, and 694 hits by his age 25 season. Cutch was on pace to beat Stargell's numbers over his career.
The only problem?
This is the only dual signature of Cutch and Stargell ever produced.
Collect what you want, I will stick to Collecting Cutch.