He never officially wore a cape, but Strasburg was a hero of collectors everywhere. People rushed to hobby shops, eBay, and retail chains worldwide to get their hands on him. Some people did it for profit on his cards, others did it for profit by the box or by the case, but some people were reminded of when they were a kid and found their way back to the hobby. Therefore I believe Strasburg to be a hero, because this is one of the two main reasons I started to collect again myself. The other reason is my little man, Bryce Michael, and the fact that I want him to have the collection that I was never handed down. Nothing against my Dad or my childhood, but I always wished someone would have passed me down something of value. Baseball cards preferably but coins or comic books would have been sweet too. I didn’t just want them for the value. I know how much goes into collecting something, and I would love to share in that connection. Someday I am going to hand Bryce these cards and hopefully he will enjoy flipping through all of them. Maybe even not sell them all right away 🙂 Maybe even keep some of them and pass them on to my Grandson.
If he is anything like his Dada he will prolly take a few cards out to a hobby shop (more like some sort of eShop) and sell them off so that he can take a girl out. By the way, in about 1996 a 1985 Topps Mark McGwire RC could be sold for the cost of a couple gallons of gas and enough to pay for some Big Boy and movie tickets 😛
So what does Strasburg mean to the sport now that he is injured and needs surgery? To the money hungry companies i.e. Topps it means everything, but to the everyday collector it is good news. Why? This summer the hobby went upside down. It was a great feeling! You had a great reason to rip open packs. Am I going to pull a Strasburg? A Bryce Harper? Am I going to keep or sell if and when I do pull? That was a question with everyday collectors. Do I want to make a profit? Or do it for the “love”? You could go to Wal-Mart and buy 10 blaster boxes and double your money. Turn $200 into $400 overnight, but only if you didn’t open up ALL the blasters that night before you logged on to eBay 🙂
The only people who can justify making a villain out of Strasburg are the ones who wanted to make more money off the guy. I mean, you got your piece of the pie at everyone else expense, but now move on. Let me make a hero out of the guy and what he unknowingly did for my Son and I ( as long as my son likes cards when he grows up).