Since I’ve returned to the hobby I’ve found that Beckett has a horrible knack for valuing cards as N/A. I can understand 1 of 1 runs, SPs, and other circumstances but come on, seriously, 2005 Absolute Memorabilia variations (Red, Blue, etc?) You can’t tell me that no one has sold any of these in the last three years. That’s just lazy. What about 2007 Upper Deck Star Rookies?
Now that I have finally succeeded in getting my checklist into a “workable” format I don’t know if I even want to try to complete it. According to Beckett, there are 6,676 different Manny Ramirez cards on the market with a high book value of $54,495.15. The value does not include the N/A’s mentioned above. At that rate alone you’re looking at 8 bucks a card. I know that’s high end but even 40% is still $3 per card or more.
Am I alone in missing the old days of being able to own every card each year of your favorite player? The discussion could literally be split down the middle on 1 of 1 inserts and I can see both sides of the coin. Some people want to own that card that they know that no one else has. Me, I want EVERY card of my favorite player. Everybody can’t be winners.
My main gripe with the products of Topps and Upper Deck are the variations. I can deal with 1 of 1’s now because I know that the day will soon come that I’ll come across one and my mentality on the subject will change somewhat. I’m tired of trying to collect all 12 different colors, styles, etc of each year’s set. Last year I decided to try to build a base set of 2007 Goudey. Every time that I bought another pack I ended up with more green backs that I already had instead of red backs that I needed.
To the card companies at work today and for all future companies that will come along:
STOP PRODUCING SO MANY VARIATIONS!!
I don’t care about having 10 different colors of each card. Variations are a gimmick to get base set builders to keep spending. If you feel differently please feel free to voice your opinions. Who knows, maybe someone can change my mind on the subject and make me see it a different way.
For some, this may be a legitimate concern and you would like for your voice to be heard. You can comment here all day. But, If you really want to do something, contact these card companies. They may not listen, but they will have to at least know our frustrations with their products. Please don’t limit yourself to complaints involving the topic of this post. Let them know ANY and ALL issues you have with the hobby’s current status. Remember, you are the customer. Topps and Upper Deck work for you. If you go away, eventually so will they. None of us ever want to see that. Don’t just leave the hobby like I did years ago. Let your voice be heard!