Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Griffey Jr Card Arrived From Topps!

Just a short post, wanted to share the pure magic of this card!

Surprising to see this card selling for over $750 on Ebay!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

$50 and COMC

One of the best things I like to do from time to time is take a certain amount and try to find the greatest amount of cards.  This months limit was $50 and below are the cards I was able to buy at budget!  I was able to pick up a Rockie rookie auto I needed, and a few star rookie autos at the likes of Headly, Gordon, and Johnson.  In addition I picked up my first Topps Ring card.



After last years 2012 Topps Golden Giveaway yielded just two cards, I had a unexpected email from Topps yesterday.  I was one of 20 who won the 2012 Topps Ken Griffey Jr. Golden Giveaway Autographs!  Here it is almost a year later and of the millions of entered codes, I was selected!  Of course I have no picture, but will post once I get it!  Being my first and only Griffey Jr. auto, this card is going to be a great addition to my collection.  (Unless Junior Junkie really gives me an offer I can't refuse!)  What I found online odds of winning this was 1:188,000.

This year I entered my codes, but not once have I played the game.  Maybe next year I may need to think twice.  So I guess this is proof that there are really winners in these games!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Undervalued Player - Ian Desmond

As many already may know, my favorite shortstop is Troy Tulowitzki, but in a near second is another star player, Ian Desmond.  Desmond has been the starting shortstop for four years and he hasn't held a super star status, but he has been a consistent player for the Nationals.  One card I have had under my radar was Ian Desmond's 2010 Topps National Chicle.  Last month I did some price shopping and was able to pick this up for just $3.25 online.  In his first five years, four years as a starter, he has had some very good stats.

Career Stats:

Avg.    Hits    HR    RBI   2B   3B
.274     619     67      274   129  16

Desmond has a career fielding percentage .972, and to put this in perspective on how good he is, Troy Tulowitzki has a career fielding percentage of .973 and the great Ozzie Smith's career fielding percentage is .966.  Tulowitzki may have a little more power and hit for better average, but Desmond has been largely able to keep from being injured for long periods of time.  Desmond alongside veteran third basemen Ryan Zimmerman then sprinkling in many new upcoming stars, such as Strasburg, Harper, and Rendon, there is a very bright future for the Washington Nationals.  

2010 Topps National Chicle Ian Desmond AU bought for $3.25 at
If you are a collector looking for a solid player to get an autograph of for around $5-15 with a little shopping around, Ian Desmond could be a key addition to any collectors collection!  

Remember When...Y2K

Remember Y2K?  Remember all the hype created about Y2K?  Why not create some baseball card Y2K hype too about how worthless your cardboard is without grading?  I never could get the hype and I have been collecting for near 30 years.  If I had a 1952 Topps Mantle, yes I would grade, if I have a 2012 Topps Bryce, sorry Bryce, no slab for you!  Baseball card history shows us almost every year the hype is created about values.  Buy this, or do this and your simple piece of cardboard is worth more than a pile of gold coins!  What would you rather have, a graded Sammy Sosa or $1,200 worth of gold.  Sorry Sosa, I'm going with the tried and true coins!  Below is an ad from Beckett in 1999 showing a boreing old Sammy Sosa RC only worth $90 (according to Beckett) and then spend $15 to slab, add some plastic and a sticker...BAM, worth $1,200!  It is just that easy!

You may have seen this ad in 1999 and maybe you paid the $90 book value on that Sosa at a card shop.  Then you paid the $15 to slab it in hopes to make money down the road.  What a great idea, right?  You have only spent $105 and may make $1,200!  You are making almost $1,100 for putting a stamp on an envelope.  Now it is 2013, and the market is FLOODED with graded 1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa Rookie Cards.

Right now there are hundreds of these graded cards on Ebay, you can pick up a graded 10 for a price around $7!  For the most part the graded and ungraded cards go for about the same rate!  Most of these graded cards I see being sold are selling for LESS then the cost to slab the card in the first place!  Don't get me wrong, there are certain times I think slabbing could benefit, those cards are the early vintage cards where there are very many mint cards left.  Here is a Beckett Graded 10 going for $7.

Who is at fault here for the false hype?  Does Beckett Grading Service who also produced at the time a price guide for graded cards inflate prices in hopes to create a niche of loyal collectors to expand their brand?  Did Beckett at the time use the Y2K craze to make under educated collectors think that their cards would be worthless in the future if their cards aren't slabbed?  I have even pulled a Bryce Harper AU and still never considered slabbing.  What do you all think?