The Pathetic State of Baseball Card Collecting

As a kid, I lived and breathed collecting baseball cards. Sadly, through high school and college, I didn’t really give a rip about it. Then, post-college, I casually picked it back up again since I had the world’s biggest and most amazing baseball card shop, eBay, at my finger tips. I love vintage cards especially, and I don’t think I own a single card made in the 21st century. Pre-1970′s baseball though? Love. Why am I boring you with this? I’ll tell you why, I stumbled upon a travesty recently. Although at first glance, my find wasn’t as tragic as this Blake Griffin Clippers rookie card, the tragedy I found actually sold on eBay…which makes it worse. Here it is:

That’s a 2011 Bowman Bryce Harper baseball card. Limited edition, autographed, and only 25 of them made. That’s cool. I’d pay $15 for that. The kid has never played a regular season game in the Major Leagues, but he’s touted as the next Babe Ruth, so I’ll roll the dice for $15 bucks. Welp, that card above just sold on eBay for $2,180.55. That is in US Dollar bills. What. The. F**k. Am I in the Twilight Zone right now? Over $2 grand for that card!? Now, I want to make it clear, I’m not knocking the seller, Triple Crown Tom, he’s got some amazing stuff on his website. He threw that card on eBay for .99 cents. The consumers are the ones that bid the hell out of it. Stoked for him, saddened for the consumer. For those of you that have zero idea on value of baseball cards, I’ll randomly pick a card for you to compare. Here we go. An amazing 1951 Bowman Willie Mays Rookie card.

That’s Willie Mays, folks. One of the greatest players to ever live. Pitchers feared him, hitters wanted to be him, runners studied him, fielders could only dream of equaling his talents in the outfield. The Say Hey Kid. That exact card you see above, professionally graded and authenticated can be bought right now on eBay for $1,499.95. That’s a ton of money for a baseball card, but guess what, it’s $680 less than you’re dropping for some kid who hasn’t done squat at the big league level. Unreal. Sad day for the hobby of baseball card collecting.

-bp

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2 Responses to The Pathetic State of Baseball Card Collecting

  1. Steve lutz says:

    Thanks. Great article & I agree 1000%!!!! I am 64 years old & still have all my baseball cards from when I was a kid in mid-50′s. Have a son and we collected cards together as he was growing up- until the “big kids” (read: Adults) priced him out of the market.
    To me- I would NEVER SELL any of my cards- as they have too many memories. )including complete Mint 56 Topps and complete 64, 66, 67 Topps and 59 Fleer.
    Was stunned one day while browsing eBay to see a Puljous card for greater than $10K. Are you shitting me? Albert hS been a great player- but not since heading to Anaheim. For $10k I could pickup beaucoup 52 Topps cards of great players & still have $ left over. Who are these Bozos paying so much for a player who has not completed a career yet and shown consistency.

    Got what I believe was the last laugh. Bought a 1950s Phil Rizzuto card for under $100- while passing on Barry Bonds and A-Rod cards that were 3 yrs old and over $300. Love to see the sell value of those cards now.

    Good collecting. Stamp out the Yuppies who throw money at unproven, lesser quality players. Baseball remains the King of Sports Cards, and the 1950′s are the Classics/ Hey Day of all cards (personal opinion)

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