By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary & Opinion
Major League Baseball issued 12 more suspensions in the Biogenesis case on Monday with Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz the biggest name of those who accepted their punishment of 50 games.
The biggest difference between those players and the previously suspended Ryan Braun or the forthcoming case of Alex Rodriguez? They have little to lose when it comes to their baseball cards and values because there’s just not that much interest in them anyway.
While Cruz is a two-time All-Star and a name among those in Texas, he’s not that heavily collected on cardboard. Many of the others who were suspended are non-factors in the hobby as well. It’s no secret that collectors frown upon players caught up in scandals and they reflect that with their buying habits, but these guys weren’t exactly hobby mainstays before.
Here’s a look at each player on cardboard.
Nelson Cruz, Rangers (checklist here)
Total cards: 1,259 Total value: $6,003.80 (all totals exclude rarities)
His 2005 Rookie Cards aren’t highly valued — nearly all can be had for $3 or less. His 2005 Ultimate Signature card is the anomaly at $80 or less — a certified auto limited to just 125 copies.
Jhonny Peralta, Tigers (checklist here)
Total cards: 885 Total value: $2,541.35
This two-time All-Star is such a non-factor on cards that you can buy his two Rookie Cards for a total of $2 — and that’s on the high side.
Jesus Montero, Mariners (checklist here)
Total cards: 923 Total value: $5,813.50
At one time, prospectors had him primed for big things in the Big Apple and the next big deal on cardboard. Those thoughts took a big hit when he was traded to Seattle. And now? Well, we’ll see …
Everth Cabrera, Padres (checklist here)
Total cards: 172 Total value: $618.85
His best autographed Rookie Card sells for $12 or less — and only 699 were made. Simply not a lot of interest here.
Francisco Cervelli, Yankees (checklist here)
Total cards: 143 Total value: $737.60
Playing in pinstripes hadn’t hurt the interest in this catcher, but there isn’t that much to lose by being suspended.
Antonio Bastardo, Phillies (checklist here)
Total cards: 43 Total value: $167.15
His lack of baseball cards made since his debut in 2009 shows you where he is on the radar.
Jordany Valdespin, Mets (checklist here)
Total cards: 147 Total value: $443.30
Perhaps best-known with collectors for his little effort when signing autographs, interest in his cards was likely bolstered by his being in New York. His .188 average this season certainly wasn’t helping sell anything.
Fernando Martinez, Yankees minor leaguer (checklist here)
Total cards: 385 Total value: $1,720.75
Will he go down in the hobby history books as just a guy whose Superfractor once sold for big bucks? Probably.
Fautino de los Santos, Padres minor leaguer (checklist here)
Total cards: 136 Total value: $255.65
He spent time at the Triple-A level the last three seasons. Combine that with the fact that he’s a relief pitcher, and there was just not a lot of reason for a collector to look here. Now?
Cesar Puello, Mets minor leaguer (checklist here)
Total cards: 97 Total value: $255.40
At 22, this outfielder was showing promise this season at Double-A Binghamton where he had hit a career-high 16 home runs with 73 RBI. Collectors will probably still keep an eye on him while also remaining skeptical in the future.
Sergio Escalona, Astros minor leaguer (checklist here)
Total cards: 35 Total value: $134
He’s 28 and hasn’t played in the majors since 2011. Nothing to collect here, move along.
Jordan Norberto, former A’s minor leaguer (checklist here)
Total cards: 45 Total value: $69.10
He’s pitched in just four games the past two seasons and is now unsigned. Once again, nothing to see here.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.