December 4, 2014

Oh my Vizquel!

When I think of players who draw a lot of interest on the secondary market, I automatically think of Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Cal Ripken Jr. – surefire stars who will all be sitting in the Hall of Fame one day.

Omar Vizquel is not someone who frequently comes to mind.

Yet, when rare autographed cards of his eBay auctions end, the final price can sometimes be staggering.

Vizquel was a good player with sensational defensive skills. In his 24-year career, he was an average hitter who won 11 Gold Gloves (nine straight from 1993-2001), and was a three-time All-Star.

That’s not really the making of someone who gets a lot of attention on cardboard (or acetate), but there are a few die-hard Omar Vizquel player collectors that drive up his prices. I’ve heard there are about three or four of them with DEEP pockets who put up a lot of money to get his rare cards. So, imagine that when 2014 High Tek came out and Vizquel was on the autograph checklist, these collectors were either thrilled or groaning at the amount of money they were going to spend.

Of the completed listings of 2014 High Tek, the top three highest sold cards so far set all belong to Omar Vizquel.

Printing Proof 1/1 – $1,700
Charcoal Galactic Diffractor 1/1 - $1,500
Red Storm Diffractor - $1,000

So, imagine an autograph checklist that includes the likes of  Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Craig Biggio, Clayton Kershaw, Cal Ripken Jr., Frank Thomas, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Trout, Rickey Henderson, Randy Johnson, and Reggie Jackson that the best pull is Omar Vizquel.


  1. As a CARD obsessed collector of Mark Teixeira, I am so often appreciative I am the primary one left. Of course in 2005 the Tex card fights were often as costly as apparently Vizquel is now. To other neophyte Supercollectors I suggest early dominance is the key. If your collection is untouchable, your competition may move on to less expensive obsessions....Maybe.... Tex 1/1s always welcome.

  2. great post on the vizquel tek cards! the demand is understandable I guess. He is second only to Ozzie Smith in career gold gloves at SS. HOF?