The Great Debate
With all of the other vintage-esque products out in the months since Gypsy Queen release one has to begin to wonder how long prices will stay high. Goodwin Champions was pretty solid and Allen & Ginter always has a huge fan base. Was Gypsy Queen just something to get those type of collectors by or is it going to be something that lasts like T-206 of the early 2000′s?
Blowout Cards has a box listed at $197. Dave and Adams Card World has them at $219. WOWZA. You get two autographs (allegedly) and two game used per box. The bulk of the autograph checklist sells for less than $10. Yes you can hit a Sandy Koufax but you’re far more likely to hit a Marlon Byrd. However, you can’t complain about not getting big hits every time you open a box it’s just that you should probably not waste your time with products costing you $200 that could easily result in less secondary value than most of the $75 products out there.
Don’t get me wrong I like the look of Gypsy Queen and a few of those hand painted patch cards were very cool (some were terrible looking as well) but, and it is a big BUT, it still was not worth the dough you have to shell out for a box. 2 boxes of A&G or one box of GQ? No brainer don’t you think? Prices have nowhere to go but down if you really consider the Gypsy Queen situation and it is even more of a wonder that prices have stayed so high given the fact that there are missing hits everywhere you turn. No matter what forum you’re perusing or blog you’re reading there are stories of missing hits or the most epic example suffered by @brentandbecca on twitter. They buy cases in bulk and bust them to sell immediately on ebay. Well they missed an insane amount of hits from their bulk order and missed out on the early high prices all singles realize when they first hit the market. Basically they got screwed….bad. We are talking a few thousand dollars more than likely. To make matters worse while others have been getting their missing hit orders filled they have been waiting on their 80+ hits to be sent. Here is hoping they get a few Koufax autos thrown at them to compensate. They are a major buyer that Topps left out in the cold on this one. I hope Topps does right by them. It would make a major splash in the area of customer care and service if they handled this better than their typical redemption and replacement process handling.
As for the hits when you actually pull them imagine pulling a Jackie Robinson bat card. Not only would I immediately wonder what it was worth but I would also want to put it in my personal collection forever. Then you hop on ebay and find out that their are so many of them that your new gem will pull you $15=20. I wish I was kidding. Once again this is nothing against the product itself but is just another example of why GQ has no business being $200 per box.
Allen & Ginter is coming soon and I’m excited. Topps designs these products well as the box prices and ebay sales illustrate with great support. Maybe I’m an A&G homer but I don’t really think so. I bust two boxes of it and move on. It’s fun should GQ ever see reasonable box prices I’d give it a shot as well.
So I guess the gist of what I’m getting at here is why the hell is GQ wax so pricey? Is it in short supply? It continues to defy the logic that nearly all other products see a drop in demand from. We’ll just have to continue to monitor the situation and see if the economists out there can explain this phenomenon.
Enjoy paying $2-$3 for base Topps cards from the 80′s, 90′s and 2000′s? Then Topps Diamond Giveaway is for you! I know that sounds jaded but I’m actually just going off of the general impression I get reading blog and forum posts about the codes. Of course if you’re opening topps products they are a bonus but the people buying them on ebay must love losing their money. It’s truly gambling at that point and just about anyone would agree you would be smarter taking whatever you would spend on diamond giveaway codes and tossing it on black for one spin of roulette.
There is much talk about which set has the better rookie cards and the argument doesn’t seem to have an end in sight although Panini’s sole licensing rights of the NFL are giving them the edge recently. The best way to analyze this argument is to break it down year by year….so we did. Please keep in mind we are examining the true rookies and not the entire set. Enjoy.
National Treasures got a slow start in 2006 with less than impressive true rookie card designs and numbering that left collectors confused. The true rookie was numbered out of 49 and had small-ish patch windows.
Meanwhile Exquisite got it’s start in 2005 with a similar small patch window issue but was overall much more pleasing to the eye. They also held value much better in the short term at least until the class of 2005 collapsed. 2006 Exquisite came out with two tiers of RC cards as well as gold parallels. First tier was numbered to 99 and second tier was numbered to 225 with golds at 25 and 99 respectively. 2006 also donned huge patches with horizontal layouts and set the wheels in motion for what collectors want and expect out of super high end rookie cards today.
2006 Winner: Exquisite
2007 National Treasures made a move to a much cleaner design and on card autographs rather than the framed stickers of 2006. Unfortunately in true Donruss/Playoff style they paralleled this set to death. Each rookie autograph had the following variations:
Rookie Signature Jumbo Prime Materials Silver Serial #’d to 99 or less.
Rookie Signature Jumbo Prime Materials Gold Serial #’d to 25 or less.
Rookie Signature Jumbo Prime Materials Platinum Serial #’d to 5 or less.
Rookie Signature Jumbo Prime Materials Black Serial #’d to 1.
Rookie Signature Materials Silver Serial #’d to 49 or less.
Rookie Signature Prime Materials Gold Serial #’d to 25 or less.
Rookie Signature Prime Materials Platinum Serial #’d to 1.
Rookie Combo Prime Signature Materials Gold Serial #’d to 10 or less.
Rookie Combo Prime Signature Materials Platinum Serial #’d to 1.
2007 Winner: Exquisite
2008 brought a newer even cleaner design to National Treasures along with the usual slew of parallels. However this year the true rookie was pretty clearly defined as the patch autographs serial numbered to 99. Exquisite added a bit of royal looking design and feel to the set but frankly ended up looking too “busy”. Even if you disagree it is tough to beat the 2008 NT design.
2008 Winner: National Treasures
Speaking of “busy” both sets added quite a bit to their overall design. Was it a good move? I’m not entirely sure. NT wasn’t as clean in 2009 as previous years but was still sharp looking. Exquisite added the golden hint to the background which is very cool to look at in person. Exquisite patches still outsized NT in 2009. NT had an obvious spot for players to sign which resulted in a cleaner look than exquisite again. This one is too close to call though.
2009 Winner: TIE
2010 was ushered in with an exclusive NFL rights agreement with Panini leaving Upper Deck to their NCAA license. There were questions surrounding Exquisite and whether or not it would be produced. In the end they created a solid product. However for most collectors college jerseys on a high end product just won’t cut it in the long run. Once again NT won the “clean” battle and put out a very nice looking set. Exquisite shrunk their patches but they did gain a bit of an advantage because at least their product features some game used materials. I would like to emphasize SOME. Panini is the clear winner in 2010.
2010 Winner: National Treasures
We shall see what 2011 has to offer but Panini still holds the biggest edge of having an NFL license this season.