Before today I hadn’t put much thought into the “Topps Now” program. I don’t care at all about baseball. That’s item number one. I’m no curmudgeon, but I find a lot of the internet “advances” in the hobby disconcerting.
On the Beckett Radio episode that dropped today, the guys talked about it a bit and I am at least warming to it. Unless there’s a Jedd Gyorko that comes available I won’t likely buy one, but I’m more likely now than I was three hours ago.
There are things Topps does with this program that I like. They announce print runs. I really like that. They mail them out in a few days. That is also well done. They are getting rookie cards into the market much faster than they could before. I also love that there’s just a 24 hour window to get your card.
I know the concept is new, but here’s what I don’t get…some of the secondary prices. I understand the novelty of Francisco Liriano being the first card in the set. I guess in a way he’s the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr.
I’m all about free market and a card is worth what someone is willing to pay, but how is this card selling for up to $100? It is a non-auto, non-memorabilia. non-rookie card with a print run of 266. I’ll be floored if you can find me a card that is base (no auto, mem, rookie) that has that print run and sells for anywhere close to that. I could be off base, but I doubt it.
I’m not trying to be negative, I’m just looking at the numbers. I analyze numbers all day at work and sometimes it crosses over into the hobby. That card above sold for $100 (I know it doesn’t show as sold, but it was). Meanwhile, what about the card below?
This card is numbered out of $10 and sold for $7. I fully understand that it was an auction, which is a dangerous way to sell. However, how much more tough is this card to come by than the one /266? All I can come up with is that people are attempting to build a master set of Topps Now, but how many people are there?
This isn’t a thing that’s exclusive to Topps Now. It’s the latest and greatest thing however, and that brings it to the forefront of collectors’ minds. It’s a numbers game, and that’s something that I think about.
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts on these secondary prices. You can also tell me how dumb I am if you would like.
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