The Yankees made an enormous splash in the free agent market by signing 2007 AL Cy Young award winner C.C. Sabathia to what is rumored to be a 7 year $160 million contract. Sabathia immediately becomes the ace of the Yankees’ staff and should more than fill the vacancy left by the recently retired Mike Mussina.
This momentous transaction can only enhance the value of all of Sabathia’s cards. I just glanced at eBay and there is already a 300% increase in the number of 1999 Sabathia RC’s listed today versus each day this past week. Many of these cards are garnering bids already as Yankees fans are working dilligently to get their hands on C.C’s first year offerings.
His best card, the 1999 Topps Traded Autograph, sold consistently at $85-90 prior to him signing with the Yankees. I fully expect that this card will vault into the $150-200 range by the end of this week.
Sabathia will take to New York like a mob boss to rigatoni. His infectious personality and bright smile will be a breath of fresh air in contrast to the scowl of the Big Unit. This was a move that was in the making for several years as Sabathia’s star power will now reach its apex. I expect him to handle it all in stride and be the 20 game winner that the Yankees are paying him (at more than $1 million per victory) to be.