It was tough to pick an eBay auction of the day. I was tempted to go with the Triple Threads Johan Santana 3/3 card, but it’s ugly as sin (apologies to anyone who likes the Triple Threads cards and whoever ends up buying it.)
Instead, I’ll go with this signed, game-used Lenny Dykstra bat, which comes from a certificate of authenticity from California Sports Investments. (A few months ago, I would have laughed at the idea of “sports investments.” These days, they almost seem like a better idea than the Wall Street kind. But I digress.)
With two days left to go in the auction, the bat has just one bid for the opening $99.99 price. Unfortunately, that puts it out of my budget, but I really don’t collect bats for that reason.
Dykstra was a scrappy, hard-nosed player for the New York Mets from 1985-1989. He was part of one of the Mets worst trades of the 1980s, going to the Phillies with Roger McDowell for Juan Samuel. In Philadelphia, Dykstra turned into a mini version of Jose Canseco. In 1990, he flirted with hitting .400 into the summer and was named to the All-Star Team. He had another great year in 1993, when the Phillies went to the World Series.
Dyktstra’s son Cutter was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers this year, which kinda makes me feel old.