Recently, Fernando Tatis Jr was suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games due to steroids. To the average fan, this is a huge loss for baseball. However, to collectors, this might be the single most extreme event in the modern era. Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions, came out publicly and stated that this suspension could cost collectors more than $100 million. The price of a bowman chrome Tatis bowman chrome auto graded a BGS 9.5 consistently sold for over $2,500 before this suspension. Since then, numerous copies have sold for under $1,000. To me, this suspension is definitely a cautionary tale when deciding to purchase a Tatis card. Tatis has clearly shown immaturity issues as he broke his contract he signed with the Padres by riding a motorcycle. Not only did he ride a motorcycle, but he also broke his wrist and never reported it to the team until a month before the season. Pairing this with his suspension, it definitely leaves a bad taste in the mouth for fans and collectors. A lot of collecting these young players is for them to not only win an MVP and make the All Star Game, but also to make the Hall of Fame. David Ortiz is one notable name that made it into the Hall of Fame despite being suspended for steroids. However, he is only one. Many other players that are considerably better such as Barry Bonds are not in the Hall of Fame and will likely never make it due to steroid allegations. With all this, it seems likely that Tatis won’t be getting into the Hall of Fame. While Tatis has been an exciting player, I question not only his durability but also his future production. Should he continue to put up great numbers, haters and fans will always have doubts. As a prospector, I tend to value hitting the most. Tatis has never really shown to be a great hitter in my opinion. His batting average in the minor leagues .280, which is not a great considering prospects that aren’t as highly touted hit better. In the majors, Tatis average has slumped quite a bit since his rookie season, and coming off wrist and shoulder surgery, I question his ability to hit in the upcoming seasons despite his young age. For now, I think buying Tatis cards now at his prices isn’t a bad move however. The card market is very susceptible to changes. Since many collectors have a lot invested in Tatis, the perception of him in the collector’s eyes may go back up. If that never happens, Tatis is a big enough name where his cards should always sell quite frequently. Only time will tell what the future holds for Tatis and his sports cards.
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