2003 Bowman #285 Hanley Ramirez RC
Yes, believe it or not, I did find this Hanley Ramirez rookie card in a dime box. (It was the same dime box in which I found this card. And this one.)
As I've said before, it's always nice to find a higher book value card for a dime.
But I knew this one was an instant PC card as soon as I pulled it out of the dime box, no matter what it was worth.
Although I've soured a bit on Hanley Ramirez in the last few years, I still have to admit that he is a heck of a baseball player. He's got pure talent, and he's a five-tool guy. Now, if only he could get a little more motivation...
When you think of Ramirez, chances are you see him in a Marlins uniform, not a Red Sox one. People forget that he was originally part of the Red Sox organization, although his major league tenure there didn't last long.
That's why this card is so great. It could also easily fit into the "Short Term Stops" section of this blog. Hanley's big-league career in Boston consisted of two at-bats in 2005, both strikeouts.
That's about as "short term" as you can get.
He'd be traded to Florida in the blockbuster deal that sent Josh Beckett to Boston in November of 2005. We know the rest.
So who knows? Maybe there's a Hanley Ramirez rookie card in a dime box near you.
You'll never know until you look.