Over the years, The Bench has seen some things it never thought would happen let alone become a trend.
But this one takes the cake: high schoolers with their own baseball cards for sale.
Some of the top prep players in the nation could already be found for purchase on eBay, including three stars from the local area.
Poway High sophomore Kyle Dean, Rancho Bernardo junior Alex Jackson and Broncos senior Gosuke Katoh were all surprised to see their recently-made baseball cards going for as little as 99 cents to as much as $59.99 on eBay.
All three agreed it was a little weird seeing their mugs selling on the popular website since they are only in high school.
But all three also agreed it was pretty cool to have their own baseball card. And what high school kid in the world wouldn’t think that?
“I never thought at 17 I would have a baseball card of myself,” said Jackson, who is arguably the most feared junior in the nation at the plate. “But I am not too overwhelmed about it or focused on it. It is just cool to be able to share with my family members and some of my close friends like Gosuke and Dean.”
All three had baseball cards made while playing over the summer. Jackson’s was made at the Under Armour All-American game at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Katoh at the Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park and Dean’s while playing for the USA 15U National Team.
“It was a really good experience,” said Katoh, who recently signed with UCLA and has a good chance of being selected in the MLB Draft in June. “They took us to a room and all the Topps baseball cards guys were there taking pictures. That was special.”
Dean, who at 15 is the youngest of the trio, had a bit of a different experience. Most of his baseball card photos were taken while practicing with the 15U National Team. He is the only one of the three with action shots on his cards.
“They had us wear our USA jerseys and the photographers were out there taking pictures of us,” said the Titans outfielder, who is verbally committed to USD. “They also did a photo shoot in a room. It was really cool.”
While having a baseball card alone is odd, finding it for sell on eBay was especially shocking for the three up-and-coming stars.
Dean saw his on eBay before he even received the one he purchased from Team USA.
“I didn’t even know about my card on eBay until one of my buddies texted me and posted a picture of one on Instagram,” he said. “So they were for sell on eBay before I even got any of my cards. I was like, ‘Wow. Are you kidding me?’”
Jackson, who many consider the No. 1 junior prospect in the nation, stumbled across his card on eBay while still at the Under Armour All-American game.