I'm not in the buying phase with my collection, and I sold all my hockey cards before I moved, but I started watching these Sport Card videos on YouTube and they are fascinating. There's a serious sports card boom these days. It's a frenzy, to be fair. New product selling for multiples of retail price on the day of issue, resellers buying all the retail product from Walmart, Target, etc. and immediately reselling it on eBay for big profits.
And the high end products, recent and the classics, are selling for huge premiums. Prices are going up 3x, 4x or more in the past 6 months.
It reminds me of the stamp stories that folks like Herman Herst Jr. would tell about stamp dealing during the depression. Folks can't go out, so they pour money into other hobbies. Like stamps in the 1930's, or sports cards in 2020 with Covid.
I'm curious, are you seeing the same thing happening with stamps? Are the classics spiking in price over the past year?
Also, are there any trends in collecting that are driving up prices? Back in the day, folks like Jim Jackson (jkjblue) would write about filling 'Big Blue' and noticing that the price of old collections in Scott International Albums kept going up and up and up, to the point where I rarely saw them for sale intact anymore. Is there a Covid-era equivalent?
PS - it goes without saying, but if you have any vintage sports cards in excellent condition, you just might be able to retire (or retire again!) this year.
Phew, no worries! There were a few good ones in there. I kept my first McDonald's series, as I gained at least 15 pounds getting a full set! Back then it didn't take long to lose all that extra weight once I quit going there. I wouldn't dare do that these days!
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alanl, it's all down to condition, especially of the key cards in the set. I'm seeing listings for anywhere from $250 to $1000. One listing where the hall of famers are graded is listed for $1275.
No different than stamps, except the idea of third party grading has taken over sportscards. We leave it up to each other to determine F from VF or VG and pay accordingly. Or in my case, wanting to pay VG prices and sell for VF prices!