Monday, June 4, 2012

People, Please Learn From Me.

If you're like me you subscribe to a zillion baseball card blogs and read through them on google reader.  I look at every post, but some I spend more time on than others due to time constraints.  Please feel free to quickly pass over this post as well, but before you do, please make a note on buying baseball cards:

"Be patient, the costs will come down."

I became acutely aware of this maxim from my time on eTopps, and should have kept this in mind with cardboard.  Of course there are exceptions to this rule.   But in general I'd say it holds true.  Case in point, the master set of 2012 Bowman I bought a few weeks ago.

You can count me as a fan of Bowman.  I like getting cards of prospects, especially ones that I will get to see come through and play against the Naturals here in NW Arkansas.  I thought this year's Bowman design was nice, but I didn't want to spend a lot of time building the set through blasters and trades.   Complete sets of 2012 Bowman were being sold for around $60 on eBay, and I thought that would be the way to go.   I don't know what my hurry was, but I jumped in on the bidding for a set and wound up winning one for $55.  This included the 220 card base set, 110 card prospect set and 110 card Chrome prospect set.   I thought it seemed like a reasonable price.

That was about three weeks ago.  Fast forward to this week and I see this same set is available as a "Buy it Now" for $25 shipped.  Worse, the past few auctions I've tracked have seen this set sell for under $20 shipped.  Basically, I could have had 3 for the price I paid.    I hope I can remember this lesson (I'll apply it to Topps Archives and see if I'm right).   


The Lost Collector said...

Hmm, valuable lesson. $20-$25 seems like a pretty good deal.

Dan said...

the price you paid was pretty reasonable. With Bowman though, the only things that retain and gain value are the lately have been the jumbo boxes.

Dhoff said...

Ever see those filler cards in the late '90s Bowman boxes that said something like: this box is guaranteed to be worth $100 or more in so many years. Well, looks like they're having trouble retaining value for a few weeks. Still, I agree with above. $55 sounds fair, and $20 sounds like a steal.

The Baseball Card Snob said...

More times than not, he who hesitates is not lost, but richer. I usually wait for unopened boxes to crash in price. For the most part they do, unopened SP Authentic usually retained it's value pretty well.