Blog Bat Around – Baseball Sets to Hold or Buy
When I first approached this bat around topic, I disregarded all cards or sets of players that are older than the 1970s. Why? Because it’s obvious that players like Mantle, Ruth, Mays, etc. will hold value because their cards and history have already withstood the tests of time. They are legends of the game and it’s too obvious to include them in this category. I want to talk about cards or sets that are worth holding on to that will withstand the steroid era/modern cards. I won’t talk about players because any player can get injured and have their career shortened. Predicting if a card product will last is a more accurate predictor of if that card will hold value through the ages.
What is the single-most valuable card type in the hobby? This excludes error cards because you cannot predict when they pop up. The answer for me is a player’s rookie card. Specifically in this day and age, the most valuable card is a player’s rookie autograph card. The reason for this is because that single card is the first officially recognized card of that player’s career. In addition, early signatures look drastically different from later signatures in many cases. In many instances, a player will never revert back to that type of chirography again. How do you decide what type of rookie card to purchase? There are so many products out there so how do you know which one is the right one? Which product is known as the home of the rookie card? Bowman is your answer. Since being bought out by Topps in 1956, and resurrected in the 80s, Bowman has been known to be the premier manufacturer of the rookie card. Nevermind Just Minors, Tristar, and Razor. They are all excluded for the mere fact that they lack an official MLB license to produce MLB cards. There are many different rookie cards from different products, but Bowman is usually the first card product out to show a draft pick or prospect in their team uniform on an official MLB licensed product. It’s no accident that cards from this product are worth so much; just look at Pujols’ autographed card from 2001. Another advantage is that all these autographs are on card. Can you say the same for the previously mentioned companies?
Of course a lot of card prospecting is hit or miss. These days, any player that gets drafted in the top 10 already have their card values through the roof. Recently, I have turned my attention to collecting all the different parallels of Tim Lincecum from the 2007 Bowman Chrome product. This is a near impossible feat. I don’t only collect the product just for that one specific player, but others as well. I have picked up Bowman Chrome autographs of Madison Bumgarner, Henry Sosa, and Emmanual Burriss. I love the card design as well as the multitude of parallels. The only problem with buying boxes of this stuff is that you’ll get a lot of junk cards just from the sheer fact that a lot of these players will fail to ever make it to the big leagues. But that is the gamble you deal with when buying these boxes. For me, it might be easier to buy singles of your favorite prospect.
Recently, I just lost out on purchasing a blue parallel numbered out of 150. I am both sad and relieved because of the high cost of such a card. I put in a high bid of $350 and was outbid at the last second at $355. That is a crazy amount of money for a single card and I completely agree. But Tim could be the next Nolan Ryan and to own a certified card of that magnitude would be huge. But there’s always the added risk of him tanking. Afterall, Mr. Zito also won the Cy Young at 24 and look at him now. How much is his Bowman Chrome card worth? I picked up PSA 10 a while ago for $2. And yes, that includes shipping.