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Staggering Price Paid for 1986 Fleer Basketball Commons

I’m sure many of you are aware of the huge prices being paid for 1986 Fleer Basketball PSA 10’s, but this one blew me away. There were two Johnny Moore, #76 in the set, PSA 10’s that sold over the weekend on eBay for $15,103.00 and $14,329.00 respectively. I took a look at the PSA population report and only 35 have been graded gem mint by them, making it the lowest number of any card in the set.

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There are many other “commons” in the set with populations not too far off from the Johnny Moore, but they don’t seem to command the kind of prices that the Moore does. The next lowest amount of PSA 10 grades are #67 Jeff Malone and #132 Checklist. There have been several recent sales of the checklist ranging from $6,999.00 to $8.100.00. You’ll also notice how a BGS 9.5 closing price is compared to a PSA in the picture below.

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Recent Jeff Malone sales have ranged from $,1500.00 to $2,400.00. It makes sense to me that the checklist would carry a premium for two reasons. 1. It’s the last card in the set and likely could have had rubber band damage from kids putting them around their cards. 2. Many were likely marked with ink by set builders. These are two reasons you see checklist cards and first/last cards in sets carrying a premium throughout the years.

I’m not well versed enough to understand why the Johnny Moore commands such a high premium other than it being the card with the least amount of PSA 10’s. Possibly tough centering, print marks or something similar. I just don’t know.

What I do know is that there are treasures in 1986 Fleer Basketball beyond Jordan and the other big name rookies that have been fueled by the PSA pop report. Opening a wax pack of this product doesn’t seem as crazy to me anymore after seeing some of the prices on graded common cards. I knew this was going on in vintage sets, but I really didn’t realize how crazy 1986 Fleer Basketball prices had gotten. I suppose 1986 is “vintage” now too. Doesn’t seem that way for someone that was 10 years old at the time though.

Digital Cards = Real Money

May 4, 2016 2 comments

For the last few years I’ve been dabbling in the Topps digital card apps. Mainly, I log in every day to get coins and then I wait for something worthwhile to spend them on. I don’t really participate in any of the games on the sports apps. I also rarely spend real money in the apps unless it’s to get access to a pack that I couldn’t get otherwise. This is usually a .99 cent charge to buy the cheapest coin bundle.

The Topps digital apps are Topps Bunt (baseball), Topps Huddle (football), Topps Kick (soccer) and Star Wars Card Trader. Each app has been out for several years and they only seem to be growing year after year.

There are some collectors out there that spend serious money in the apps and on eBay. Yes, eBay. There is a huge digital card secondary market on eBay if you weren’t aware. These cards only exist in the apps. There is no physical card component to these like there is for Upper Deck’s ePack. However, you can trade and that’s how you’re able to sell these on eBay. They’re listed like any other card, but the standard appears to be offering them as “local pickup only” so that there isn’t any shipping/tracking required. Once your card sells and you get paid, then you trade it to your buyer within the app. They will give you their username in the app as part of the transaction. Easy as that.

Want examples of digital cards selling for real money, well here you go:

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I got lucky and pulled these Kenta Maeda signature cards in the Topps Bunt app. The odds to pull the blue signature were 1:15 packs and the red was 1:75 packs. The packs cost 50,000 coins each. To put that in perspective, you get 10,000 coins per day for logging into the app. I had saved up just over 500K coins waiting for something worthwhile to spend the coins on. As you can see, I crushed the odds, which is why I say I got lucky. The blue signature sold for $16.00 and the red sold for $73.00. This is within minutes of me listing them. That’s $89.00 in real money for digital cards.

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I pulled both of these Larry Fitzgerald signature cards in the Topps Huddle app a few weeks ago. The black was 1:5 odds and the red was 1:25 odds. I ended up pulling two black and one red. The packs were 100,000 coins each and again I got lucky pulling the three cards in a total of five packs. I only had 500K coins to spend. I sold the red for $16 and the blacks for $4 each. That’s a total of $24 in real money for digital cards. In case you’re wondering, the Huddle market is softer than the Bunt market.

I have plenty of other sales examples from both of these apps and the Topps Kick and Star Wars Card Trader apps that I’ll share over time. Maybe I’ll make a habit of posting my good sales in the apps.

I’m not one to judge people for what they collect. While this may not be my cup of tea, I can see why people do collect and spend money in these apps. There are some great designs and opening the digital packs really is the same thrilling experience as opening a physical pack. My only concern is what happens if/when Topps no longer supports these apps? The real world value of these cards only exists within these apps. All the money that people spent on these digital cards is suddenly gone. This may be a post for another time because I have a lot more thoughts on this.

For now, the apps are thriving. Topps has hired a whole team of designers and mobile developers in Florida to support and grow their digital business. How long it will last no one knows.

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Upper Deck ePack Experience

April 30, 2016 Leave a comment

I’m pretty late putting my thoughts out there on this product, but with the tweet below being sent out yesterday I felt like now would be a good time.

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For those that aren’t aware, Upper Deck made 2015-16 Series 1 Hockey available through a new outlet this year, Upper Deck ePack (www.upperdeckepack.com). In a nutshell, you purchase your digital ePack’s and open them online. These are hobby packs and the odds are exactly the same as if you purchased hobby packs/boxes/cases from your local card shop or online shop. There are two unique insert sets only available in ePack, Code to Greatness and Instant Impressions. Everything else is the same.

Here’s the difference, the base cards (non-inserts) don’t really exist unless you get 10 of the same player. Once you get 10 of one player, you can convert those 10 base cards into 1 foil version of that same card. The same concept goes for the Young Guns, except it only takes 5 of one player in those to convert to 1 foil card. The Young Guns are also considered an insert, so those are available to you without converting into a foil card. As you can imagine, you have to open quite a bit of product in order to make a complete foil set.

Pricing through ePack is as follows: $3.99 for a single pack, $89.99 for a 24-pack box and $1,049.99 for a 12-box case. This price has stayed consistent throughout and has remained fair compared to prices on the secondary market. Series 1 has a very strong rookie class highlighted by Connor McDavid, so the demand has consistently been high for this product.

You have a couple options for getting your cards from the Upper Deck ePack site. You can have the cards shipped to you directly from the ePack site or you can transfer your cards to your COMC (comc.com) account and sell them or ship them to yourself later from there. In either scenario, COMC is doing the shipping. They have received all the cards from Upper Deck and do the fulfillment.

Recently Upper Deck released their second product on the ePack site, 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP Hockey. Once again, there is “convert” element and unique inserts to the ePack packs. But once again, odds and the set match the core hobby product otherwise.

Another key addition to the ePack site since its inception has been the addition of a trading platform. There is also a forum to communicate with other members in order to post want lists. This really helped collectors interested in completing the foil set to accomplish that goal.

My personal experience with ePack has been a good one. I opened a lot of the Series 1 product and took advantage of the trading platform to eventually complete my foil set. I love the convenience of opening packs whenever I want from my PC, phone or tablet. My experience having cards shipped directly from the ePack site or after transfer to COMC has been positive as well. If you’re shipping a large number of cards, the shipping does get very pricey as it’s .25 cents per card plus a small flat fee.

Once I got all of my foil cards in hand I sent some of the key Young Guns in for grading. Overall, the condition of the cards from coming ePack is similar to what you’d get if you’d bought cards and opened hobby boxes yourself. Some have small issues, but overall they’re mostly mint to gem mint. You’ll see some pictures of my foil set below with the graded Young Guns.

The issue I see with this moving forward is that there’s not another Connor McDavid to drive demand and keep people buying product at full retail prices. Series 2 with the Eichel rookie is down to around $50 per box on the secondary market at the moment and it hasn’t been released on ePack yet. It was supposed to have been released by now, but I suspect the softer secondary market has a lot to do with why it hasn’t. Even MVP is overpriced on ePack at $56.99 per box. The secondary market is around $35. I can’t imagine it’s selling very well for Upper Deck on the ePack site. This will be the question moving forward, will Upper Deck adjust the ePack pricing based on the secondary market, or leave it at full retail and risk it not selling. It will be interesting to see how that shakes out. They do have plans to continue releasing more products, including SPx, on ePack.

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2012 Bowman Numbering Errors

May 9, 2012 7 comments

UPDATE: Robby Price definitely exists as a base card and shares #20 with Jeimer Candelario. So, there are four numbers that don’t exist in the base prospect set and four numbers that are shared. Details on that below.

UPDATE:Maybe the Robby Price base prospect card does exist. I’m seeing some on eBay that appear to be live, not just presale items. Leave a comment if you can confirm his card number in the base prospect set.

2012 Bowman released today and has been a huge hit with collectors. What won’t be a huge hit are more numbering errors. We seem to get this with each prospect release by Topps. Below is what I’ve found and I believe to be complete. These are all isolated to the Bowman base prospect set. The chrome prospect set and base veteran/rookie set are free of numbering errors.

The important thing to note is that the base prospect set is only 109 cards because of these errors. Robby Price was left out and only has a chrome card. Four numbers don’t exist and three four numbers are duplicated. Details below.

Numbers that don’t exist in base Bowman
BP40 (Paul Hoilman in chrome)
BP82 (Dayan Diaz in chrome)
BP90 (Robby Price in chrome)
BP95 (Luis Angel Sanz in chrome)

Duplicate numbers
BP9 Paul Hoilman
BP9 Eddie Rosario

BP20 Robby Price
BP20 Jeimer Candelario

BP62 Dayan Diaz
BP62 Kes Carter

BP108 Luis Angel Sanz
BP108 Carlos Martinez

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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2011 Leave a comment

It’s Christmas morning and I’m wondering where the last year went. It’s amazing how quickly a year can go by. It’s around this time of year that I (and probably most people) start to reflect on the year that is about to end. Before I do any of that, I just wanted to wish all the readers of this blog a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope your days are filled with family, laughter, good food and maybe a nice gift or two.

I recently moved to Phoenix from the Washington DC area. I will not be with my family this year, so the first thing on my list, after updating this blog, is to call them and wish them a Merry Christmas. They’re all gathered in my brother’s new home of Durham, North Carolina. I look forward to talking to my niece and nephew and getting the rundown on their gifts. It takes you back to when you were a kid and how amazing Christmas Day was. I will be spending the day with my girlfriend’s family today. Two of the items on the agenda are good food and sports. I just don’t think you can go wrong when those items are a part of your day.

Now, just a bit of reflection. The first thing I realized as I sat down to write this is that I haven’t written nearly as much this year as I did last year. I hope to change that in the new year. I also recalled that last year I posted my top 10 favorite purchases of the year and my collecting goals for the coming year. I will revisit those as this year closes out. There are surely many purchases that could make up a top 10 for me, but I’m not sure I did too well with the collecting goals I set for myself.

That’s all for now. Be sure to check back in the coming days for my top 10 purchases of 2011 and my new collecting goals for 2012.

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2011 Topps 72-card Retail Jumbo Break

February 20, 2011 Leave a comment


I stopped by Wal-Mart this morning for a couple things and had to look at the cards, of course. I was specifically wanting to pick up some 2011 Topps as I haven’t opened much yet this year. They had blasters, rack, loose packs and these 72-card jumbo packs. These must be new for 2011 as I’ve never seen them before. I’m assuming they take the place of the cereal boxes from years past, except with more cards. I ended up going with two of these instead of a blaster. I always had luck in the past pulling SP cards from the cereal boxes so I decided to see if it would hold true with these.

Each one of these jumbos comes with a Diamond Giveaway code card and a retail exclusive sapphire blue insert card. I’m not sure if the sapphire blue’s are a Wal-Mart exclusive or not. The card numbers start with a W, so my assumption is that they are. Each box also had 1 of each of the following inserts – 60 Years of Topps, Diamond Duos, Lost Cards, Topps 60, ToppsTown and Diamond Anniversary. I also received one gold card.

To be honest with you, all I really wanted to get from these packs was a Pedro Alvarez gold card. I still don’t have his base and I’ve been watching auctions on eBay for his black bordered card. I couldn’t believe my luck when the only gold card I pulled was Pedro Alvarez. Sure, the card is only worth a couple bucks, but it’s a card that I really wanted. The nice bonus I got from these packs was the Adrian Gonzalez Boston Red Sox SP card, so my streak continues. The picture below shows both hits plus the sapphire blue cards.

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Blowout 12 Days of Christmas Break – (2) 2005/06 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 Retail Boxes

December 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Below are the results of my 2-box 2005-06 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2 retail break. I was looking for the same card everyone is looking for when they break this product, the Alexander Ovechkin Young Guns rookie card. I got an Ovechkin rookie, but it was from Upper Deck Victory Update which are inserted one card per pack.

This was a pretty disappointing break as I was really only interested in the Ovechkin Young Guns rookie card. It was nice to get his Victory Update rookie but it’s not the same. You also have a chance to get Sidney Crosby’s Victory Update rookie in these packs. His Young Guns rookie is in 2005-06 Upper Deck Series 1. Below are the highlights of the break:

Victory Update Rookies
Alexander Ovechkin
Henrik Lundqvist

Stars In The Making
Sidney Crosby

All-Time Greatest Finalist

Wayne Gretzky

Destined For The Hall
Mario Lemieux
Steve Yzerman

Rookie Threads Jersey Card
Ryan Suter
Cam Ward

Game Jersey
Nick Boynton
Tim Connolly

Young Guns
Adam Berkhoel
Brad Richardson
Gerald Coleman
Greg Jacina
Jakub Klepis
Dennis Wideman
Erik Christensen
Eric Nystrom
Dimitri Patzold
Tomas Fleischmann
Jeff Tambellini
Danny Richmond
Gilbert Brule
Matt Greene
Al Montoya

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