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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.

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My 2011 Card Purchasing Priorities

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

As you can see from reading my blog I mainly collect baseball prospects. I’m not much for cards from other sports, although I do dabble in hockey from time to time. I’ve thought about the cards that I want to purchase in the new year and I break them up into two categories, prospects and Hall of Famers.

I’m not much for vintage cards, but the thought of diversifying my collection is appealing. The problem I have with prospecting is the wait for return on investment. Granted, a player doesn’t have to make the majors in order for you to turn a profit. I’ve sold plenty of prospect cards at a profit when a players moves from AA to AAA. The issue I have is that prospects are kind of like taking out a 2-year CD at the bank, the money is tied up and can’t be touched. What if I come across a really great deal and need to come up with some cash quickly? I’d be selling off prospects at the expense of future earnings to purchase more prospect cards that are going to sit and wait for future earnings.

Vintage Cards

My 2011 collecting/investing goals now include vintage cards. I really think there are some deals to be had on vintage right now, especially with some of the bigger names. I’m doing this as an investment and a way to get that quick cash that I spoke of before if a great deal comes along.

1955 Topps Roberto Clemente – I had a chance to purchase one of these when I was a kid and didn’t do it. For Pirates fans, this is the holy grail of baseball cards. A PSA 3.5 recently sold for $400.

1954 Topps Hank Aaron – The true home king. Did you know that you can pick up a PSA 3 of his rookie for around $400? Absolutely crazy.

1963 Topps Pete Rose – The hit king, another record that will probably never be broken. You can pick up a PSA 5 in the $400 range.

1980 Topps Rickey Henderson PSA 9 – The PSA 10 is a little to rich for me right now. The PSA 9 hangs out between $175-$200. That’s a bargain in my eyes considering he owns a record that will never be broken.

Prospects

There are too many cards available to list individual cards. I’ll go the route of just naming players, in no particular order, that I’ll be prospecting in the next few months before prices really start to rise.

Jesus Montero
Dustin Ackley
Jarrod Parker
Grant Green
Aaron Hicks
Brett Jackson
Nick Castellanos
Tony Sanchez
Julio Teheran
Kyle Gibson
Mike Moustakas
Martin Perez