Recently I had posted about our 2011 Gypsy Queen case being delayed until April 27th, and so I began to mill around eBay and Blowout Cards looking at the current case prices on baseball pre-sells and current releases.
Now, I don't know how many of you make a habit of checking prices on occasion but I find myself doing that here and there. I got a message from Flash saying that Tribute was well over $400 per box, I had to go look with my own eyes and sure enough there are boxes for well over that on eBay.
When I went to go see how much Gyspy Queen is currently is currently, I was absolutely amazed. It is currently over $1,200 per case. I sure am happy that we decided on putting a deposit down early on this case, that is for sure.
Here are a couple of more to check out if you want to see how the price is skyrocketing.
- 2011 Bowman
- 2011 Pro Debut (note the card in the picture appears to be a chopped up Aflac auto... what a waste)
- 2011 Heritage
- 2011 Allen & Ginter
The current prices of boxes and cases is a clear indication of what a monopoly over the sport will do to products. I don't feel like the prices are the same way with other sports, but my expertise is very limited to baseball with a little dabbling in other things on occasion. I honestly can't remember boxes being this expensive as pre-sells, except for Bowman. There was a ridiculous mark-up last year because of Strasburg, and this year it is because of Harper. I can visualize it in my head now, thousands upon thousands of base cards, inserts, and parallels from the 2011 Bowman in the garbage because no one cares about those cards. Same thing will happen with Pro Debut.
But $1200 a case for Ginter? I mean really, half the cards are of objects, poor drawings, boring design. What is the draw here? That I could pull an autograph of a boxer? Big freaking deal, that was the reason I only bought a single box of Co-Signers when that was out. Why would I buy a "baseball" product to end up pulling freaking match worn boxing trunks? Dumb. Ginter = dumb and overpriced.
Maybe it's because baseball cards are more popular that the prices are so high. All I know is that the one company producing cards thing is making it incredibly unaffordable unless you find an auction on eBay where people fell asleep, or aren't sniping.
Or maybe I'm just cheap.