As collectors, we have all been down this sad, lonely road of regret. To some, a story of trade regret has happened more than once. For me, it was a pull from a 2007 U.D SPx. To be exact, it was a “rookie” autograph of some guy named B.J Upton.
You have to remember that by the 2008 season, B.J was in his fourth season in “The Show” and despite hitting 24 home runs and 82 R.B.I in ’07, this season was a long one and in the end B.J ended up with just 9 home runs on the season.
Meanwhile, during the first month of the season his much more popular (and younger) brother was crushing everything that came his way. Coming into May, Justin was hitting .340 with 5 home runs and 15 R.B.I but somehow ended up hitting .250 in just 108 games. It’s really not much of a problem considering that Justin is just 20 years old but to say his stock among collectors dropped would be an understatement.
I traded this B.J Upton early into the season after realizing B.J was probably going to be an average ball player at best. It was part of a huge trade that brought me several Jose Canseco autographs. It was just thrown in for good measure and I don’t think the guy even wanted it.
Since the playoffs began, B.J Upton has hit 7 home runs, which is tied all-time with Troy Glaus for most-ever in one season for the American League. Even if the Rays lose tonight, which looks like a good possibility, B.J will still get at least 4 more at-bats versus Boston and if his team advances, well, there could be a boatload of more at-bats.
What is your trade regret story?