Mike Trout card sells for more than Honus Wagner T206

rymflaherty

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Sports card have absolutely exploded into another atmosphere since covid. I've never really seen anything like this in collectibles. Retro video games are also exploding.
Ain’t that the truth. I’ve been involved in the hobby the majority of my life, and this is the first time I’ve had to step back because none of it makes sense.

I took my SportsLots shop off from vacation, I went from having a few orders a month to a dozen a day. The same cards that sat around for years are doubling in price each day and I can’t even keep up with it. The same “meh” box I couldn’t get $60 for on EBay in February is $249 today.
It’s like everyone forgot the gamble was already priced into products. The same Product that was a gamble at a $149 msrp and likely to have a less than 50% roi now costs double at release, or x5 if basketball. It’s insane.

The only thing I buy now is retail, but it’s a small miracle to find anything on the shelves these days. I probably should be taking advantage by selling all the cards I’ve held on to over the years, but it’s a bit overwhelming, because like I said, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of logic to any of it. Or maybe im just theone that’s missing something, that I’m not excited to spend $800 on a pack of cards when Panini feels like printing money and creates a “Hyper Asian Exclusive Dew Drop Prizm” limited variation set.
 

brandonchristensen

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2009, currently extended through 2025. As a collector it's really unfortunate. I really like the Panini, Leaf, etc. designs more than most Topps items. Upper Deck is largely not in the baseball game but they're stuff still looks better in other sports.
So they photoshop their jerseys? That’s so absurd.
 

EnochRoot

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I can think of one guy that will pursue the Mike Trout rookie card, particular because it was a forced scarcity of only one in existence:

Kivas Fajo.

 

The_Powa_of_Seiji_Ozawa

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Call me nuts, but I hate this.

A 1 out of 1 card which is just forced rarity sells at auction for over $3M, eclipsing the endless record set by the famous T206 Honus Wagner card.

I grew up in the late 80's/early 90's collecting cards, and buying the monthly Beckett price guide, fantasizing about owning a 1952 Topps Mantle. In the Sixth Grade, we had a speaking class and I did a speech about the Honus Wagner card. It was such a great part of the baseball mythology, it's sad that to beat it they had to force scarcity of a card. Cards should be able to be collected and enjoyed.

I'm only 35, but I feel like an old man right now.
It would have been funny if Trout bought the card.
 

djbayko

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The 80s were mostly horrible for card designs.

and those Red Donruss ones from 90 or whatever. My god.
1990 Donruss was the worst for a lot of reasons. Ugly, lots of cards off center, with blunted corners or shredded sides. And the worst part was that they tried to capitalize on the peak of the error card craze by faking "errors" on like every other card in the set.
 

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1990 Donruss was the worst for a lot of reasons. Ugly, lots of cards off center, with blunted corners or shredded sides. And the worst part was that they tried to capitalize on the peak of the error card craze by faking "errors" on like every other card in the set.
I was on of their customers. Bought a 50 cent pack, or may be was it 75, once or twice a week with lunch money. Wish that money was spent on Apple stock instead
 

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The other big issue was the ridiculous overprinting of everything from 1987 Topps through at least 1991. You can still find tons of that stuff, opened and unopened. There's so much unopened 1989 Upper Deck floating around, I think Upper Deck is still printing the stuff today.

Most other sports the supply is drying up.
 

LogansDad

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The other big issue was the ridiculous overprinting of everything from 1987 Topps through at least 1991. You can still find tons of that stuff, opened and unopened. There's so much unopened 1989 Upper Deck floating around, I think Upper Deck is still printing the stuff today.

Most other sports the supply is drying up.
That's where basically all of my collection is from, which makes me feel a lot better about not taking really good care of it.
 

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He didn't get thru the whole set, but I remember reading this blog years ago. There was another one like it that was funnier, but I have no idea who or where it is.

This one? It is gone but I still had it bookmarked:

The 87 Topps Project | A Nonsensical Journey To Collect The 87 Topps Set. Autographed

Wayback MAchine has a partial snapshot
https://web.archive.org/web/20120712013832/http://87topps.com:80/
 

LogansDad

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Grabbed a $20 WalMart special of Topps Archives today, and got a pretty sweet Mike Trout Millville Meteor and a really nice Luis Robert full color picture card. I might have a problem.
 

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Deal. I'll even throw in watching your terrifying movie for that much money.
Which movie? The one where a man who makes horror movies to live vicariously through the demons that he puts on screen. But can't afford to make his next one because he was cheated by someone he thought he could trust. Now his only outlet for his evil urges is revenge on the person who betrayed his trust. Or Spice World 2?
 
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brandonchristensen

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Which movie? The one where a man who makes horror movies to live vicariously through the demons that he puts on screen. But can't afford to make his next one because he was cheated by someone he thought he could trust. Now his only outlet for his evil urges is revenge on the person who betrayed his trust. Or Spice World 2?
THERE WAS A SEQUEL?!!
 

LogansDad

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Ended up grabbing a hobby box of Topps Chrome that I'll be opening on Monday, since I have no self control. That should be fun.
 

LogansDad

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The Topps Chrome box wasn't great. Best cards were: 85 Topps Luis Robert and Gavin Lux, a Lux Refractor, and Blue 1:150 Cespedes and a Green 1:99 Bo Bichette Freshman Flash. Enough there that I might break even someday, but nothing special. The autos were terrible, Dom Nunez and Seth Brown.

Problem is, now I'm addicted. I will be opening a Bowman Chrome tomorrow during my Out of the Park Thursday Twitch stream, and a box of Allen and Ginter on Monday. If anyone is interested in watching live or on Youtube afterwards, let me know and I will PM my page.

Somebody help.....