Not that I’m one to argue about the validity of “book value,” nor do I really delve often into the motivation of “prospectors,” but this just strikes me as odd.
This card, of Mets minor leaguer Ike Davis (I won’t even bother to call him a prospect, given the remote chances of somebody actually making it to the bigs) which I pulled from a pack of 08 Bowman Draft, has a book value of $120.
This card, of Hall of Fame 3rd baseman Eddie Matthews, which I pulled from a pack of 08 Donruss Threads, has a book value of $20. That’s a $100 difference in “value.”
As I’ve said many times, I’m not the sort of collector who chases the hits. I’m not buying cases of BDPP in hopes of scoring refractor autos. But hey, if I happen to find one, sweet. And if one of these refractor autos can be flipped for something I really want, even sweeter.
It’s just kind of crazy to me that the artificial scarcity of “hits” is the more prevalent factor in the pricing structure here, rather than a player’s reputation/track record.
This post over at Wax Heaven inspired me to compile a list of the nicer AU/GU cards I’ve pack-pulled since I returned to card collecting.
In rough chronological order:
1. Travis Mattair AU (Phillies minor league IF), 07 Donruss Elite Extra Edition
2. Paul Molitor GU jersey, 07 SP Legendary Cuts
3. Cory Luebke AU (Padres minor league P), 07 TriStar Prospects Plus Farm Hands
4. Phillippe Aumont AU (Mariners minor league P), 07 TriStar Prospects Plus Farm Hands
5. Sam Runion AU (Royals minor league P), 07 TriStar Prospects Plus
6. Henry Sanchez AU (Twins minor league C), 06 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
7. Aramis Ramirez GU bat, 08 Topps Heritage
8. Joel Hanrahan AU, 07 Topps ’52
9. Darren Clarke AU (Rockies minor league P), 07 Topps ’52
10. Angel Pagan AU, 06 Topps ’52
11. Bill Bray AU (Reds minor league P), 06 Topps ’52
12. Cory Doyne AU (Orioles minor league P), 07 Topps ’52
13. Ben Francisco AU, 07 Topps ’52
14. Jason Miller AU, 07 Topps ’52
15. Dan Uggla, AU, 06 Topps ’52
16. Anibal Sanchez AU, 06 Topps ’52
17. Rafael Furcal GU jersey, 08 Topps Series II
18. Justin Smoak GU jersey (USA National Team), 08 Upper Deck Series II
19. Garrison Lassiter GU patch/AU (USA Jr. National Team), 08 Upper Deck Series II
20. David Wright GU jersey, 08 Topps Series II