Lights, Camera, Chapman!

21 years old, just left behind everything you ever had and ever knew, and the bright lights are about to shine down on you in hopes that it makes you an instant millionaire. What do you have to lose right? Thus is the plight of Aroldis Chapman. Next week the young man travels to Houston where he will put on a special pitching showcase for some of MLBs top scouts. Some of the teams that will be watching include the usual ‘fat wallet’ teams – Yankees, Red Sox, Angels and Mets. But this youngster has other teams attention too, the Orioles, Tigers, Phillies, Rangers and Royals are supposedly interested as well.
In this year of thin pitching talent, the market for a young flamethrower has made Aroldis a big target. So with this much hype, what does this do to his card sales? Wait, there are no cards of him, except of course those annoying WBC cards that everyone has been bashing on every board and blog around. Guess what, people are driving the prices of those cards up! I mean you have to laugh at this right? All you hear is “Damn those WBC cards!!” and “Who cares about those WBC players!” .
15 cards in total are currently up on ebay. The one with the highest bid on it is a blue refractor version of you guessed it, his WBC card. So I guess its safe to say, if you have your WBC cards socked away in a corner somewhere or in that box of “annoying” useless cards, go over and take a look and pull out your Aroldis Chapman cards. Hopefully you weren’t like me who sold a Topps Chrome Red refractor version for about $30 bucks a few months ago…LOL. Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself!! But if you do have them, get ready, you might be in for a nice treat if he signs with a big market team that will give him exposure. Just hope that success in the US does not go to his head. Remember, he is 21 years, can be a bit erratic, and he may like the limelight a bit too much, just take a look at this story.
So next week, be on the lookout for his showcase, it will definitely be Lights, Camera, Chapman!
Play Ball America!

Aroldis Chapman:
According to major league scouts, Chapman’s fastball has been clocked as high as 102 MPH. Chapman bats and throws left-handed. He is listed at 6′ 4″ and 180 pounds. His is reportedly 21 years old.
WBC Stats:
0-1, 5.68 in two starts, 8-K, 4-BB, 6.1-IP
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