Friday, January 28, 2011

$20-Month Sports Card Bankroll Challenge

Sports Card Radio has challenged me to a Bankroll Challenge where we try and buy and sell cards on eBay, COMC (Check Out My Cards) and Sports Lots to see who can have the highest portfolio value of cash and cards at years in. There are several limitations to the amount of money we can spend each month - which is too bad for me because on his podcasts - my brother is known to be sports card bargain hunter and I could have blown him out of the water if need be.

RULES - Contest Page on Sports Card Rado
Each Month We Must:
Deposit $10 to invest on Check Out My Cards
Deposit $10 PayPal to invest on eBay or Sportlots

Each Month We Must:
Only 40% Of Total Bankroll Can Be Cash At Months End
Buy At Least 1 Card on COMC and eBay or Sportlots

I've never purchased cards on COMC before, so at the very least this challenge will be great because I get to utilize a really cool website for people looking to buy and sell cards. COMC features state of the art scanning technology and the companies owner was a former employee at Microsoft before giving up the corporate world for a life in the trading card industry. I logged on and purchased several cards last night and the good news is that even if I lose this challenge, $120 will be in the pocket of card sellers on that site which I am sure they will make good use of.

In 2010 - I only bought two total cards as keepers. Both were from 2010 Razor Poker - Gavin Smith and Jean Robert Bellande autographs. Is it shameful to admit I don't "collect" cards?  I used to work in a hobby shop for 10 years + and back in my college days I would buy boxes wholesale and re-sell them online. My days "collecting" were when I was kid buying packs of 1990 Topps for .25 cents each. The odds are stacked against me in this contest because of this and hopefully I can rekindle my past glory as a buyer/seller.

At the end of 2011 - whomever has the highest portfolio + cash value will win all the cards and cash. At minimum the winner will take home $240.00 in cards and money but some serious pride is at stake as well. Contests will be held with members of the Sports Card Radio Fan Forum as they will get a chance to pick who they think will come out on top. 

If you are a seller on eBay, Sports Lots or COMC - let me know what you have! I need to spend a minimum of $10 a month on each site and will be trying to "flip" cards for cheap profit so I can buy more. 60% of my total portfolio has to be invested in cards so let me know if you have good deals on either site. I will chronicle some of my purchases on this blog and explain why I think I got a good deal. At the end of the year, hopefully I have a few cards to add to my thin collection.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

2003-04 Michael Jordan Ultimate Collection Autograph

If there was one player who consistently over the past year had the "Most Watched Cards" it would be Michael Jordan. He always has a card near the top, but those cards rarely get above 150 watchers or so. For this week at least, it appears all the high end Sam Bradford cards have dried up (or been given as replacements) and this 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Michael Jordan Autograph #/24 is eBay's top card. 

2003/04 was a good year for Basketball Cards as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh have rookie cards from this season. Box prices for sets like Ultimate Collection and 03/04 UD Exquisite Collection are much higher when compared to other years because of the strong rookie class. Upper Deck always gets their main man Michael Jordan to sign autographs for high end products and this is one of the nicest autographs from that season I've seen in quite sometime.

The seller of the card received an email offer of $500 and obviously turned that down. This card will sell for over $1,000.00 that is for sure.

03-04 Ultimate Die Cut All Star Auto Michael Jordan #8/24
Watchers: 201 (Most Watched Trading Card)
Current Price: $810.00
Final Price: $1,021.00
Auction Ends: January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

2009-10 National Treasures Blake Griffin Rookie

Collectors have chosen which 2009/10 Blake Griffin Rookie Card they deem to be the most high end. The 09/10 Panini National Treasures Patch Autograph #/99 is the card of choice if you want the very best Griffin RC card. Several copies of the card have surfaced on eBay during January and prices continue to rise.
Part of the reason Griffin is a successful NBA player is the fact that he hustles like a Freshman in High School trying to make the Varsity team. A lot of his baskets come by way of shear energy and effort while other players are left standing flat footed. Griffin is also an exceptional athlete and his highlight dunks are a normal daily occurrence on ESPN's Sports Center. A good showing in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest could send his card values even higher.
On January 10th, a 2009/10 Blake Griffin National Treasures #/99 sold for $2,950. The seller of the card, tcrowntom, is one of the most respected high end sellers on eBay. It should be noted that the card sold by tcrowntom had a better looking patch then the one listed below. If the card currently on eBay sells for more than $2,950 - then Griffin's rookie cards are continuing to rise in value and may have even more room to grow.

Update: The Blake Griffin National Treasures #/99 that sold for $2,950 - the deal for that auction fell through - seller tcrowntom, is sending the card in to be graded by BGS before re-listing. 

Watchers: 211+ (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Current Price: $2,601.00
Final Price: $3,211.00
Auction Ends: January 23

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper 60th Autograph

Topps just couldn't wait to start celebrating their 60th anniversary of producing trading cards in 2011, so they gave collectors a peek at the 60 card Anniversary Autograph set in 2010 Bowman Sterling Baseball. The only Topps 60th Anninversary Autograph available in 2010 Bowman Sterling is Bryce Harper, serial numbered #/60. He has three separate inscriptions, each limited to 20 copies per card: Happy 60th Topps, Happy 60th and Happy Birthday Topps.
Bryce Harper will be the face of Topps trading cards throughout much of the early part of 2011. The company is probably hoping another prospect or two emerges like last season which saw card values of Stephen Strasburg, Jason Heyward and Buster Posey explode. Harper's Bowman Aflac All-American card, which was inserted into packs of 2010 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects were selling for around $535.00 around the time of that products release.

2010 Bowman Sterling Bryce Harper Auto 50/60 60A-BH
Watchers: 225+ (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Current Price: $620.09
Final Price: $690.00
Auction Ends: January 21

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2010-11 Adrenalyn NHL Hockey XL

Panini Adrenalyn Hockey cards will never show up on eBay's most watched list, but the popular online trading card game could bring hundreds of prospective young card buyers into the hobby.  The success of Adrenalyn NBA, NFL and Soccer might be one of the best kept secrets in the industry. Companies make huge profits on these products that feature no autograph or game used cards. According to the Wall Street Journal, Topps Attax accounts for 25% of the revenues and profits for that legendary sports trading card brand. While I have no idea what the balance sheet shows for Panini in regards to Adrenalyn XL, it could be the same cash cow that Attax is for Topps.

Card manufactures for years have been trying to find a way to draw young collectors back into the marketplace, and Panini is headed in the right direction with Adrenalyn. 6-Card packs of the NBA, NFL and NHL versions can be found for just $0.99 cents, but the real fun starts with the codes on the back of the cards that can be redeemed online. Once a code is put in- you obtain a virtual copy of that card online. Then you can build your roster and play a virtual game on Panini's Official Adrenalyn Website. The website was designed by Canada based A51 Integrated which also incorporates an area where collectors can "trade" their virtual cards online with fellow collectors.

Brand new for 2010/11 are the NHL Adrenalyn XL cards which have a scheduled released date of January 20th, 2011. I played the game online yesterday with the 10 cards Panini gives you when you sign up for an account, and it was a lot of fun...... and I'm 29 years old. Young collectors are going to really enjoy this game and it could help usher in a new legion of Hockey card buyers for Panini.

Key NHL Adrenalyn Hockey Information:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2010 Leaf Limited Sam Bradford Autograph 1/1

Whoa wait...... another high end Sam Bradford card on fire? This is the third one this month to attract more than 200 watchers on eBay.  The three things all the cards have in common is that they are all serial numbered 1/1 and have an autograph.
The seller of this card, nabzy28, is a top rated seller and seems intent on getting a fair deal done right. Below, you can also view the YouTube video of the seller pulling the card which he included in the auction description. The previous sales of high end Bradford cards this month were his 2010 Topps Chrome Superfractor which sold for $14,300 on Jan. 2 and his Bowman Sterling Superfractor sold for $5,100 on Jan.18th.

Update: Obviously the seller canceled some bids before this card ended - still a great price. 

Watchers: 278 (Most Watched Football Card)
Current Price: $1,525.00
Final Price: $1,475.00
Auction Ends: January 23

Monday, January 17, 2011

2010 Century Collection Babe Ruth Cut Autograph

Inserted into packs of 2010 Panini Century Collection are a wide range of cut signature cards and one of the best from the set is currently on eBay. There are three total cut autographs of Yankees legend Babe Ruth in 2010 Century Collection, the other two cuts feature a stamp on the card as well.
Just weeks earlier a collector pulled a cut signature of Ruth from a pack of 2010 Topps Update Baseball and expect to see many more in 2011. Reaction to the Century Collection product has been mixed as box prices are in the $150 range. Nonetheless if anyone pulls a cut signature like this out of any product you've got to be thrilled.

Watchers: 214 (Most Watched Baseball Card)
Current Price: $3,150.00
Final Price: $4,025.00
Auction Ends: January 19th

Thursday, January 13, 2011

2010 Bowman Sterling Sam Bradford Superfractor

The St. Louis Rams may have missed out on the playoffs, but high end rookie cards of QB Sam Bradford have been on fire. This 2010 Bowman Sterling Superfractor is the second big time Bradford card to hit the market this month.

When the 2010 Topps Chrome Superfractor Autograph ended on January 2nd for $14,300.00 it did so with over 1,000 eBay watchers which would have made it the most watched Football card in 2010 had it ended on that side of the calendar. The Bowman Superfractor also has an autograph and is also serial numbered 1/1 so it will be interesting what the difference is price will be between the two cards.

Watchers: 690+ (Most Watched Trading Card)
Current Price: $2,950.00
Final Price: $5,100.00
Auction Ends: January 18th

Monday, January 10, 2011

2009-10 Blake Griffin National Treasures Auto RC /99

When Blake Griffin missed his entire rookie season in 09/10 it allowed Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry to steal the spotlight away from the Clippers #1 overall pick.  Griffin is back in a big way this season, and the most watched trading card currently on eBay is this spectacular 2009/10 Panini National Treasures Patch Autograph Rookie, serial numbered #/99.
Many players over the years have tried to resurrect the L.A. Clippers franchise but few have had any success. Griffin has tremendous skills and plays very aggressively on offense so hopefully they can find a few good players to fit around him. It's believed the Blake will compete in the 2011 NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend and a good performance during that event could propel his card prices even higher.
There are two other Blake Griffin 09/10 Panini National Treasures Rookie cards currently on eBay. One is at auction and is currently at $1,600 with 1 bid and the other is for sale for $2,699.00 or best offer. 

Update From Seller:

Blake Griffin National Treasures RC 3clr Patch Auto /99
Watchers: 250+ (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Current Price: $2,000.00
Final Price: $2,950.00
Auction Ends: January 16

Friday, January 7, 2011

2010-11 Derek Fisher Timeless Treasures Logoman

Derek Fisher may not be the best point guard in the league, in fact, he may not even be in the 'top 30'. But every Lakers fan knows just how clutch Fisher has been his entire career. Ron Artest said after Game 3 of the 2009/10 NBA Finals against the Celtics, after Fisher had 11 points in the 4th quarter, that Derek becomes "the 2nd best player in the league when it matters most."
Being a Lakers fan of 20+ years myself, Fisher ranks right up there with my all-time favorites. Sure there are quicker, more explosive point guards around the league, but whenever Fisher is on the Lakers - they seem to make the Finals. Of course Shaquille, Kobe, Jerry Buss and Phil Jackson have a lot to do with the franchises success in the last 10 years, but without question one of the key members of the title winning teams has been Derek.
I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to see that the most watched basketball card currently on eBay is this 2010-11 Panini Timeless Treasures Derek Fisher Logoman Autograph 1/1.  Usually cards with this many watchers are reserved for his teammate Kobe Bryant. I would gladly spend this kind of money on a card of Fisher. He is truly a class act on and off the court and will be a Laker legend for life.

Watchers: 103 (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Current Price: $310.21
Final Price: $482.86
Auction Ends: January 7

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2003 Playoff Contenders Troy Polamalu Auto RC /989

One of my buddies is a Pittsburgh Steelers fan and I've had countless hours of conversation talking about that franchise. He'll call me up the week of a game and the first thing I always ask him - "Is Troy Polamalu playing?"  The answer to that basically tells me all I need to know about the teams chances that particular week. Polamalu is one of the best defensive players I've ever seen and his trading card prices have always been surprisingly high for a player who doesn't play offense.
One of the most watched football trading cards this week on eBay is this 2003 Playoff Contenders Autograph Rookie #/989. The 2003 Contenders card is Polamalu's only autographed 'true' rookie card but he does have several serial numbered copies. In addition he has a 2003 Leaf Rookies and Stars Longevity autograph #/25 that is considered an insert card. Very few of these pop up on eBay despite being numbered to /989. It will be interesting to see where the price comes in.

2003 Playoff Contenders Troy Polamalu Auto RC 175/989
Watchers: 109
Current Price: $168.50
Final Price: $326.32
Auction Ends: January 8th, 2011

Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Topps Update Babe Ruth Cut Signature /1

A Kansas collector had the pull of a lifetime in December when he opened a few packs of 2010 Topps Update Baseball. Inside the $2.00 pack was a 1/1 cut autograph of Babe Ruth.
The local NBC news station in Topeka, KS - KSNT - did a writeup and video on the remarkable card on their website.  There are 10 total 1/1 cut autographs available in 2010 Topps Update and the other big ones are fellow Yankees legends Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Here are some previous sales of Babe Ruth autograph items - KSNT estimates the card to be worth $5,000-7,000.

Signed Index Card - Babe Ruth - PSA/DNA 9 - $4,112.50 - Sept. 2010
2004 Sp Legendary Cuts - Babe Ruth - #12/13 - $6,900 - July, 2008
2004 Prime Cuts - Babe Ruth - 1/1 - $8,625 - Sept. 2005
Prices courtesy of Huggins & Scott

2010 Topps Update Series - Cut Signatures Checklist - All Cards #1/1
  • LCS-MM Mickey Mantle
  • LCS-RR Robin Roberts
  • LCS-JM Johnny Mize
  • LCS-GS George Sisler
  • LCS-BR Babe Ruth
  • LCS-PR Pee Wee Reese
  • LCS-WJ Walter Johnson
  • LCS-LB Lou Boudreau
  • LCS-RM Roger Maris
  • LCS-RC Roy Campanella
2010 Topps Update Series Baseball Checklist