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This morning I woke up and read a post that Mario over at Wax Heaven had posted yesterday. In it, he spoke of collectors’ fascination with prospects and the future. That got me thinking of players in today’s game that are often overlooked by collector’s because they aren’t a highly touted new prospect.

That brings me to Dan Haren. If you aren’t familiar with Haren85136467CP008_LOS_ANGELES_D then I’m guessing you live under a rock. The guy is nails on the mound and sports a ridiculous ML-leading .893 WHIP this year for Arizona. In the history of Major League Baseball, there have only been 32 pitchers who have had WHIPs lower than what Haren is putting up this season. In a nutshell, the guy is good….real good. Yet the hobby world just hasn’t caught on. It could be due to the fact that Haren’s best seasons have come during his stints in Oakland and for an Arizona team that hasn’t made the playoffs.

Haren’s 8-19-2009 9-46-47 AMmost popular rookie card has always been this 2003 Bowman’s Best card featuring an on card autograph. I’ve seen this card in the past top out around $30 or so but you can now pick one up for under $10. The last one sold on ebay for a whopping $9.49. There are other rookie card variations that are also selling for under $10. For a pitcher that is as dominant as he is and still only 27 years old, that is pretty ridiculous.

If you’re into patches, Haren has patch cards in 2007 Ultimate Collection, 2007 Exquisite Rookies, and 2008 Premier. All of those patches are courtesy of his days with Oakland so you can find some great green and gold patches if you’re like me and you like that sort of thing.

So what’s the deal? Why aren’t collectors all over this guy? He’s in the prime of his career and he’s putting up great numbers. Does where a guy plays have that much of an effect on his perceived value to collectors? Let’s hear what you think.

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